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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Butterfly House in Gapyeong, South Korea by Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

 
December 1st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

The butterfly house is located near green hills, in the country of Gapyeong (50 km north east from Seoul), which cultural and environmental context has deeply influenced the concept of the building. A building is considered sustainable according to how well it integrates with the natural elements of the surrounding landscape and with the habits of its inhabitants.

South west view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

  • Architects: Donner Sorcinelli Architecture
  • Project: Butterfly House
  • Location: Gapyeong, South Korea
  • Client: Private
  • Design team: Luca Donner (team leader), Francesca Sorcinelli, Seong Bong Yun
  • Construction: April – September 2010
  • Project: December 2009 – April 2010
  • Program: No. 2 Apartments
  • Built Surface: 217 sq.m.
  • Footprint: 180 sq.m.
  • Local Architect Studio NakHyunJae, Nak-yong Choi
  • Works Manager: NR2, Jun-bo Sim
  • Construction Management: NR2, Sang-chun Lee

North view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Project‘ s Awards:

  • Highly Commended, “Cityscape Architecture Awards 2010” residential future category, Dubai (UAE)
  • Honorable Mention, “MA PRIZE 2011’’, Atlanta (USA)
  • Shortlisted Nominee, “Cityscape Architecture Awards 2011” residential built category, Dubai (UAE)
  • Winner, “20+10+X world architecture Awards 2012”, 10th cycle Paris (France)
  • Shortlisted, “PREMIO ARCHITETTURA CITTA’ DI ODERZO”, XIII edition, Italy

West view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

This thought has been the springboard for designing a ‘house system’ in which the respect for local housing tradition (deeply linked to nature), affordability, the energy saving features of the building and the integration with the surrounding environment well blend together, following the principles of  feng shui.

North east view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

The house is based on two units, one for a family, the other for grandparents, and his figure is defined by large panoramic terraces, shaped like the wings of a butterfly, open through the landscape.

Aerial west view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Sustainability, affordability and the visual relation with the surrounding landscape are the main focuses of the project, developed through local cheap technological solutions, natural ventilation, high insulation and large windows and terraces shaped like the wings of a butterfly.

Night view : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

These elements characterize not only the articulated figure of the building, defining  masses, voids, translations and rotations, but also becoming passive systems able to optimize solar radiation and wind collectors able to catch summer breezes too.

West view from terrace : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

During winter, terraces work as barriers versus cold winds, protecting the house from  bad weather. Building orientation follows climatic and functional reasons: optimization of natural ventilation and sunshine inside the apartments during the year.

Terrace : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Terrace : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

South facade detail : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Concept : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Sunlight : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Master plan : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Section systems : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

Ground floor : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

First floor : Image Courtesy Donner Sorcinelli Architecture

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