Modelled on the head of a windswept woman, this copper observation pod is a single of three holiday homes completed by South Korean architect Moon Hoon on a stone-walled plot on Jeju Island .
Moon Hoon bolstered the base of the Wind House complex with lumps of volcanic rock – a materials popularly utilized as wind break for roads and properties on the exposed island of Jeju, which sits off the coast of the South Korean peninsular.
Two ground-degree houses function board-marked concrete walls, massive windows and interiors with a minimal aesthetic, whilst the third, covered in copper-toned scales and designed by the architect as a “hovering flower”, looms in excess of eight metres over the ground.
“The hovering flower, inspired by the wind blowing a women’s hair, is frozen and abstracted to become a form that is reminiscent of an alien, hair dryer, duck, etcetera,” stated Hoon.
Located an hour’s drive from Jeju city, the homes sit on a plot shaped like a quadrant of a circle, flanked on 1 side by a curving street. The web site is outlined by tall stone walls that aid to give privacy and safety from powerful winds.
The marriage of different materials is intended to reference the golden foliage of trees in the technique to winter and the island’s volcanic rock.
“It can get extremely windy, and typically the weather is extremely whimsical,” mentioned the architect. “The island is full of volcanic rocks in various sizes, comprising landscapes wonders to widespread walls demarcating ownerships.”
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“ The wind and colour of Jeju island in winter has produced a robust impression on my mind and I took that as an inspiration for the task, therefore the identify Wind Property.”
Two breaks in the stone perimeter wall provide separate technique routes to the houses, which each have their own grounds and entrances.
A spiral staircase encased in a lime green well ascends to the elevated property, which is finished with zebra-striped flooring, iridescent tiles and crimson walls, and attributes a panoramic window overlooking the island scenery.
“The within boasts a womb-like space painted in red and with dizzying floor colours,” stated the architect.
The property was made for an ophthalmologist with a keen curiosity in art, music and cars – “a medical doctor with a lot of curiosity and penchant for anything eccentric and unique,” in accordance to Moon.
“He discovered me by way of the web and told me that the strangeness and differentness that is inherent in my architecture attracted him,” he mentioned.
“Previously I had been commissioned for an wind museum, which turned out sour,” he additional. “I had liked the notion and shape of it, many instances I would make drawings inspired by the wind museum. I felt it was an opportune time to reincarnate and modify the preliminary concept.”
Jeju island is increasing in acceptance with travelers and as a result many holiday houses and visitor points of interest have been springing up. Most, like Wind House, draw on the island’s wealthy resources of volcanic stone.
“Numerous artists and commoners have been inspired by the beauty and versatility of the island,” stated the architect. “Just lately flocks of Koreans and foreign visitors are going to the island by the 1000’s.”
A staff of South Korean architects which includes Sensible Architecture, created an installation making use of basalt on the island’s shoreline, even though Z Lab lately completed a whale-inspired renovation of a century-old farmhouse.
Architect: Moon Hoon
Task group: Kim Sookhee, Jo Jeongho, Park Jeonguk
Mechanical/electrical engineer: Chunghyo Large Tech
Structure engineering: Hanwoori, Dream Framework