Moon hoon installs a golden beak shaped tower atop his wind house residences

Architect moon hoon which located on a popular volcanic island south of mainland Korea has constructed a series of compact suburban dwellings. The form of the striking addition references both local weather conditions, where strong gusts play a huge part in the island’s climate, and the shape of a woman’s hair blowing in the wind.

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the project is located in a residential neighborhood one hour from jeju city

located in a residential neighborhood one hour from jeju city, ‘wind house’ has been designed for a doctor with an interest in contemporary art, music and cars. the client commissioned moon hoon after seeing his architectural projects online. ‘he found me through the internet, and told me that the strangeness and differentness inherent in my architecture attracted him,’ explains the architect. ‘he wanted three small houses which would be weekend accommodation for tourists. he emphasized that the new structure should have a unique character, and of course very functional at the same time.’

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the design is organized around locally sourced stone walls

the units are organized around locally sourced stone walls, that offer privacy and seclusion. while the first two properties sit low to the ground, like many traditional jeju homes, the third emerges above the streetscape, standing as a readily identifiable symbol of the development. the form of the home, which has been compared to a hairdryer or a duck’s beak, had been developed by moon hoon some years ago.

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the elevated residence emerges above the streetscape, standing as a readily identifiable symbol

‘previously I had been commissioned for a wind museum, which turned sour,’ says the architect. ‘I liked the idea and shape of it, many times I would make drawings inspired by the wind museum. I felt it was an opportune time to reincarnate and modify the initial idea. I proposed the whole thing to the client. it took some time to digest, but in the end he was quite happy.’

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the form of the home has been compared to a hairdryer or a duck’s beak

 

The inside of the elevated volume is painted a bright shade of red, with a dizzying black and white pattern applied to the floor’s surface. the ‘womb-like’ interior contains a couch which encircles the primary living space, alongside kitchen and washroom facilities.

read our interview with moon hoon here, and see a recently completed video tribute to the house below.


moon hoon X tomeny – windy dream
video courtesy of moon hoon / tomeny kisilewicz

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the approach includes an adjacent courtyard

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the other two properties sit low to the ground, like many traditional jeju homes

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structural walls are made from board formed concrete

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the womb-like interior contains a couch that encircles the primary living space

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the inside of the elevated volume is painted a bright shade of red

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