Architect: Jeonghoon LEE/JOHO Architecture
Location: 557-2, Namyang-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
Namhae is known as “Korea’s Treasure Island.” A bridge that was constructed in 1973 now connects the island to the mainland. This beautiful, small island has picturesque scenery harmoniously juxtaposing the mountain line and the sea. Namhae Cheo-ma House is a place that keeps with the beautiful landscape of Namhae and, at the same time, displays its own unique identity.
Namhae Cheo-ma House is a renovation project by JOHO Architecture of an existing red-brick house. The original building was disproportionate and inharmonious in reflecting the beautiful landscape of Namhae. This renovation project served the purpose of respecting and appreciating the beautiful views of Namhae.
By demolishing part of the house and installing a new curved façade, JOHO architecture managed to align the house with its surroundings. The asymmetrical lines of Cheo-ma help to curtail the sharpness of a line while restoring the relationship between mankind and nature. The Cheo-ma lines are a magnificent abstract boundary that mankind visualized as a tool to reveal the identity of the land. The house embraces the land with its own shape, but disguises itself in the natural ridge at the same time. This paradoxical duplicity of Cheo-ma aligns with the Korean philosophy of being harmonious but different at the same time. The asymmetrical line represents the lives and virtue of Koreans.
JOHO Architecture added a skylight in the kitchen, built an outdoor patio and ramp, and painted the red brick white. The diamond-shaped pattern of the aluminum louvers sets a boundary and also becomes a secondary façade. These louvers protect the building from the hot noontime sun and provide more privacy.
Namhae Cheo-ma House reflects both mankind and nature, where one can be a part of nature and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Namhae. Cheo-ma creates a boundary between the house and land to establish comfort, but retains the relationship between mankind and nature with its curvature.