Architect: Moon Hoon
Location: 217-Sammoon-dong, Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
In the city of Milyang, on a stretch of land that resembles a sword with a long street to one side, sits an interesting-looking house called Roll House. The shape of the land was unique and dramatic, and that’s what legendarily playful architecture enthusiast Moon Hoon wanted to translate to his design for a home there. Moon Hoon’s Roll House is dynamic and spirited, and well suited as a modern home for a young married couple.
The house appears rolled, as it is covered with Stuc-O-Flex and colored steel sheets. Its massive-looking exterior disguises its actual, narrow shape. The false walls in the front yard also exaggerate its size. Upon entry into the building, a small living room, a dining area, and a kitchen sit at different heights. Each space was defined not by walls but by the different floor levels.
On the top floor, the corridor features an alcove on the left side and a children’s room on the right with an attic. The house also features a veranda and roof garden off the master bedroom. These provide an outdoor space, with a small patch of grass and gravel, where the grand view can be enjoyed.
Even with a design that has been likened to a cruise liner, Roll House is considered Moon Hoon’s most ordinary structure, as compared to his other, more eccentric projects. It took about a year to design and build the house, and cost $179,930 (200 million KRW).
Moon Hoon is perhaps one of the most playful architects in the world, with work that includes shimmering mosaic walls and structures inspired by Barbie dolls. He designs unique exteriors and interiors that showcase his creativity, and reflect his philosophy: “Enjoy life and find your fantasy. It can become a reality!”