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Fluctuating facade design – Panorama House, South Korea


Panorama House is a 2011 project by Seoul-based architectural practice Moon Hoon. The property boasts a fluctuating facade which allows for a more differentiated view. The contemporary home can be found in Yangcheong-ri, Ochang-eup, Cheongwon-gun, Chungbuk, South Korea. Panorama House is a three-storey property that belongs to a family of six in South Korea. The clients wanted a child-friendly property. They requested the lower floors to be designed for the kids and upper for themselves.

The contemporary property is situated in a newly built suburb. The view from the property has been described by the architects as if it was from a movie, LA suburbs at night.

The Design

According to the architects: “The basic request of upper and lower spatial organisation and the shape of the site promoted a long and thin house with fluctuating facade which would allow for more differentiated view. The key was coming up with a multi-functional space which  is a large staircase, bookshelves, casual reading space, home cinema, slide and many more.

“The client was very pleased with the design, and the initial design was accepted and finalised almost instantly, only with minor adjustments. The kitchen and dinning space is another important space where family gathers to bond. The TV was pushed away to a smaller living room. The attic is where the best view is possible, it is used as a play room for younger kids.

“The multi-use stair and slide space brings much active energy to the house, not only children, but also grown ups love the slide staircase. It’s an action filled playful house for all ages.

“The fluctuating facade is accentuated my mirrored bottom and top angles. It can bring about some illusion when looked at with some concentration. The various sized windows provide different outlooks. Korean houses are floor heated, which is quite unique and brings users to the floors more than to furniture such as sofa and chairs. so many windows are placed quite low, considering the long living habit. There is no high legged dinning table for the family, only a portable foldable short-legged table. The space kept empty until any specific function arises.

Images courtesy of Park Young Chae, Namgoong Sun and Huh Juneul

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May 27, 2013 | Property | View comments

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