Doldam House by one-aftr in Sokcho-Si, South Korea

Project: Doldam House
Sokcho-Si, South Korea
Area: 947 sf
Year: 2023
Photographs by:
Jang Mi

Doldam House by one-aftr

Doldam, nestled in the picturesque Mt. Seorak National Park, draws inspiration from its stunning surroundings. The design mirrors the boulders’ formations and the trees’ seasonal changes, creating an ever-evolving connection with nature. Recycled rocks from construction now adorn the front yard, blending with the landscape. The front wall, partially slanted, provides shifting perspectives of the building against the scenery. An orange door opens to a courtyard, allowing control of light and views. Inside, six spacious areas with all amenities flow seamlessly. Two sections feature a courtyard and outdoor deck, connecting the house with the elements. Doldam harmoniously merges with its environment, offering a serene retreat immersed in natural beauty.

Doldam is a private rental residence in Mt. Seorak National Park, renowned for its fall foliage and boulder formations. The building’s design is inspired by the boulders’ formation and the trees’ seasonal transformation, and it aims to capture the ever-changing natural environment. The rocks excavated during construction were recycled and used to fill the front yard with stones and gravel, facilitating and controlling plant growth.

The expansive front wall is a barrier for the tenants and opens the front yard. The slightly sheared front wall shifts the perspective of the building with the surrounding landscape, which can be appreciated as one meanders in and around the building. The orange door leading to the courtyard enables the tenants to regulate daylight and visual exposure.

The plan layout consists of two rows of three 4-meter-wide spaces, totaling six spaces, with all the necessary living amenities included. The open configuration of the house creates a sense of unity, where each space flows seamlessly into the next. The two compartments on the southeast side comprise a courtyard and an outdoor deck, allowing light, wind, and the surrounding trees seen over the wall to be felt both inside and outside the house.

Overall, Doldam’s design seamlessly integrates with the natural environment, creating an immersive experience for its occupants. The building’s use of natural light, airflows, and relationship with the surrounding context demonstrates a thoughtful environmental consideration. By creating a unique vantage point that offers a different landscape perspective, the design makes a tranquil retreat that is both harmonious and visually captivating.



Tags: contemporary, exterior, interior, minimalist, modern, one-aftr, Sokcho-Si, South Korea

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