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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.

YUJIN’S JIP-SOORI in seoul, South Korea by Kim Jae-Kwan

 
July 26th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kim Jae-Kwan 

If you live in a place where your children feel safe on their way home thanks to soldiers and policemen standing guard your home around the clock and all the year round; thus a thief dare not show up; you are gently reminded up even when your car is scratched by somebody; but if you suspect that they can watch not only your children’s safety, thefts, and vandals but also, maybe… maybe your garden and even your living room through high resolution binoculars as if they are spying on neighboring movements but actually your home.

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

  • Architects: Kim Jae-Kwan, Moohoi Architecture Studio
  • Project: YUJIN’S JIP-SOORI
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: Kim Jae-Kwan
  • Site area: 316m2
  • Gross floor area: 127.2m2
  • Design period: 2012.7~2013.9
  • Construction period: aug. 2012 – apr. 2013

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

If you live in a town where your neighbor’s fence infringes on your land and another neighbor infringes on alley, and even you infringe their land…; you may get relieved because it is conventional in old town but reviewing Building Act reveals that you have to give up 10㎡ to satisfy the minimum condition of alley width to four meters, and building coverage ratio and floor area ratio don’t signify nothing in your land due to the right of light to north, setback regulation on the fasade, and height limit from Cultural Heritage Protection Act; you just decided to move main gate of your house from the roadside to alley, but your neighbor notices it and comes to you saying “Umm, as you know, I regard this alley as my garden. I am going to grow Chinese cabbage and lettuce for preparing kimchi for the winter. So I oppose to your plan to open your main gate on this side” and the term ‘opposition’ implies that he may file a civil complaint if you don’t respect his opinion.

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

If you live in a place near a military base free from prying eyes due to its limited accessibility but one day castle of Bukhan mountain is opened to the public and they freely peep your garden and terrace on their way to the castle, If you live in an ill-fated place VassiliZaitsev prefers to lurk waiting to attack with MosinNagant, a commander may use for firing range and Zhao Yun[1] may call contemporary Changban[2]; a group of motorcycle gangs pass by with their hands on (not grapping) the handlebar of Harley-Davison, as if they are aligning with others, wearing chaps (even in summer), sunglasses (even in  rainy day) and helmet making a thundering noise every weekends and holidays; at noon, tourists hang around your gate asking “Were izu ?tonn?… Sanmotoonge Cafe on Televi?”[3]; in the late afternoon, a long line of  camouflaged soldiers armed to the teeth trek peeping in your garden.

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

If you live in a place new bride moved to your neighbor is always complaining of looking down on her garden mentioning invasion of privacy, in spite of your explanation about the steep site condition which makes you look down her garden as your neighbor on the other side does yours as usual in old town but she argues that she can’t understand because she has lived in apartment houses, though your former neighbor said hello and share food though each garden is open to each other.

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

If you live in a house facing South considered good for living but with good space only on southern side (usually bedrooms, front entrance, and living room) and dark and stuffy space on the other side (usually kitchen, bathroom, and boiler room); turning on the boiler raises not indoor temperature but only hitting bills; masonry wall and footing wall delivering the weight of roof to the ground exceed their role and suck up underground water like sponge.

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

Image Courtesy © Kim Jae-Kwan

[1] Zhao Yun (died 229), style name Zilong, was a military general who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and early Three Kingdoms period.

[2] The Battle of Changban was a battle fought between the warlords Cao Cao and Liu Bei in 208 in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. The battle took place at Changban (south of present-day Duodao District, Jingmen, Hubei).

[3] Japanese accent of “Where is ?tonn?… SanmotoongeCaf? on TV?”

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