Time Stacking House

Time Stacking House
Photo Credit: JOHO Architecture

Location: Gugi-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Architect: Jeonghoon LEE

Time Stacking House is a place where time is alive. The home was constructed three decades ago and recently remodeled by Jeonghoon LEE. The use of old and new bricks demonstrates what this house is about — how architecture can show history, as both a diachronic and synchronic process.

Time Stacking House

Image Credit: JOHO Architecture

The Time Stacking House remodeling project was completed in 2014 for the building owners, a family with three generations (grandmother, owners, and the owners’ children) and 2,000 books under one roof. These points served as the inspiration for Lee. “Time is piled up over the generations like the old books here,” the architect said.


LEE used new and existing materials in the design for Time Stacking House. The existing deformed red bricks were popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and are no longer produced in Korea. This trace of age is displayed elegantly on the patterns and texture of the older bricks. By using new and existing materials that show their years, Time Stacking House is able to achieve a sort of communication between the past and the present.

The concept of this project includes the themes of time, as well as traditional Korean family culture. In Korea, the typical family size is quite large, and it’s not unusual for three or four generations to live together.

Time Stacking House

Image Credit: JOHO Architecture

Time Stacking House is a detached structure, and the kitchen and living room on the first floor use a skipped-floor system. The kitchen works as a bridge, connecting the living rooms on the first and second floors. On the second floor, two entire walls are covered with built-in bookshelves in order to store the family’s 2,000 books.

Time Stacking House

Image Credit: JOHO Architecture.

Time Stacking House is a beautifully unique structure. By mixing old and new materials, LEE puts the house’s history on display and celebrates the passage of time.

Time Stacking House was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Sohyun Shim
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