IROJE architects&planners

IROJE Architects&Planners

The meaning of IROJE, translating directly, is ‘a house of stepping on dewdrops’. The origin of IROJE comes from an old Chinese Literature, Yeagi(禮記). There was a poor living scholar who served his old father. Every early morning he used to go to the quarter where his father lived, wearing an overcoat, and waited for his father to wake up. When his father came out, the scholar handed over his warmed overcoat to his father. The way to his father’s quarter was covered with dewdrops in the morning, thus the meaning of IROJE could be understood as a house for a scholar with voluntary poverty.

Main projects:
– Design Vita Paju Office, Paju, Gyeonggi-do – 2014
– Jingdezhen Project, Jingdezhen, China – 2014
– Huangshan Housing Complex, Huangshan, China – 2013
– Taiyuan Wanke Center, Taiyuan, China – 2013
– Office Building of Samyang Chemical Company, Seoul – 2013
– Daegu Specified Steel Sechun Factory, Daegu – 2013
– Myung Films Paju Building, Paju, Gyeonggi-do – 2013
– Pingdu Housing Culture Center, Pingdu, China – 2012
– Yongsan Park Master Plan, Seoul – 2012
– Hyunam, Gunwi, Gyeongsangbuk-do – 2012
– Korean Cultural Center Austria, Wien, Austria – 2011
– Ruined Steps and May Flower, Gwangju – 2011

Work in progress:
– Equatorial Guinea Residence, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea
– Myungrye Sacred Hill, Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do
– Tieshanping Housing Complex Master Plan, Chongqing, China
– Youpon Project, Jiaxing, China
– DMC Multiple Shopping Complex, Seoul
– Sian Memorial Park, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do
– Hyehwa Residential College of Daejeon University, Daejeon
– Nonsan Residence, Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do
– Kyung Ahm Education and Culture Foundation, Busan
– Malibu House, Los Angeles, USA
– The Source Project, Los Angeles, USA
– Pingdu Historic and Cultural Districts Redevelopment Plan, Pingdu, China

Project selected for Archmarathon: Hyunam



Hyunam

IROJE Architects&Planners

Photo courtesy of Jong Oh Kim

Hyunam

IROJE Architects&PlannersarchmarathonIROJE Architects&Planners
2-8 dongsung-dong, jongro-gu, seoul 110-809 korea
www.iroje.com
Category:
Private housing
Project selected:
Hyunam
Location:
Gunwi-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, korea
Year:
2014

The client, who built Moheon in Daegu, launched a plan to transform 992,000m2 of mountainous land in Gunwi into a natural botanical park. For a long time, the client had been transplanting and cultivating trees and observing the changes in the area. The client wanted the entire botanical garden as a space of introspection. He also wanted a small residence within the park.
The house is located in the heart of the park where only the mountains and the sky are visible. In the thick fir tree forest, five small man-made ponds were created as a prelude along the road leading to the house. Passing the ponds, you encounter a long, straight, Corten steel structure. Above it, lies a hill, and below, a valley. If you open the door, having no idea of what will happen at all, you will find nature’s landscape spread out in magnificent fashion. The building connects the ground to the sky, but here, the ground disappears. There is only you, nature, and silence. Facing west, the sun sets over the reservoir in front. You come out of the house, climb the hill, and sit on the cold Corten steel chair on the silver grass. You become a part of nature. It is a time of complete solitude, a time for thought. That is why the house is named Hyunam, a humble black house.

(ratings closed)