All in white…
May 10, 2013

A rather unusual house for a family of four: that would be one way to describe the house designed by architectural firm Office 53427 for the newly developed housing area filled with luxurious single-family homes in Pangyo-dong, close to Seoul. The choppy silhouette, extravagant windows and gleaming white façade emphasize the contemporary approach that Joo-eun Lee and Kiwoong Ko, who founded Office 53427 in 2006, take to their work.

The building only reveals its true sculptural shape when you take a real look around, for you are only able to appreciate the variations in height and different window formats when you actually experience the distribution of the rooms from the inside. For example: since the ground story’s open glass front faces southward, looking out into the garden, the house appears far more closed from the street. This impression is reinforced by the windows, which either protrude from the wall or sit deeply indented in the façade. The acrylic stone, boasting high thermoplastic malleability, made the implementation of such façade details relatively straightforward. Wooden panels wrap their way around the building’s base following the rise and fall of the house’s choppy silhouette, before continuing on a horizontal axis as a flooring covering both inside and on the terrace. This contrast to the wood serves to emphasize the gleaming white of the house’s façade. And at the top of the house, the façade stretches up to create a dynamic surround for the roof terrace, where the otherwise closed façade is broken up with a series of square openings. The house has this unique material to thank for its bright, intense hue: HI-MACS in Alpine White. The solid surface material is made of 70% natural stone powder, 25 % acrylic resin and 5% natural pigments, making the material both waterproof and highly durable. But the architects did not use HI-MACS for the façade alone; the house’s fitted furnishings and banisters were also made using the acrylic stone, which is thermally malleable and can also be processed to create a joint-less finish.

From the street the house appears far more closed. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
From the street the house appears far more closed. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
HI-MACS was also used for the in-built banisters. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
The façade in the entrance area and kitchen was also made using HI-MACS. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
Around the roof terrace, the façade is broken up by a series of square openings. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
A view of the house from the south with the entrance, living room and dining area. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
View of the living area with fitted furnishings in HI-MACS acrylic stone. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.
A rather unusual single-family house with approx. 250 square meters of floor space in a suburb of Seoul. Photo: © Yongkwan Kim.