This sleek example of modern architecture, by Stephan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects-or SAOTA, embraces the indoor-outdoor living ethos, with slide away panels and retractable glass doors to allow nature in and everyday living to flow out; on the flip side, this home can shroud itself in it’s delicate sliding panels to gently cocoon it’s inhabitants.
Inspired by the volcanic topography of Jeju island and the cocoon of a living organism, Seoul-based architectural practice, Planning Korea, completed their design for the Cocoon House, which is complemented with their amazing rendering techniques which is evident in their gallery of images. The cocoon, located at the center of the house, provides a space made by nature that protects and develops inner living things from outside. The first phase of the construction will be started in September 2012 and will be completed in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.
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2 | The house not only boasts sparkling ocean views, but also enjoys stylish surrounding courtyards, a lush protected garden, and an impressive swimming pool.
This is not a conventional resort for relaxation, but a self-sustaining resort that caters for both residential and business aspects. There are three different floor heights on the ground floor. The cocoon zone at the center with the tallest floor height has a courtyard that divides round shape kitchen and living room for gallery. The conference zone on the right complements living room function and a room on the left was created using landing space.
Their cocoon design creates a space like an art piece by translating the round shape of cocoon as an eco-structure design. This seaside condominium provides a self-sustaining creative business resort located in UNESCO Heritage Jeju Island. The circular windows of the cocoon can be opened and closed depending on the indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, so it seems like a live cocoon.
7 | In addition to the retractable doors, lots of glass has been used throughout the interior design to allow light to flow and reflect, it is seen as staircase and mezzanine walkway balustrades, and as a contemporary wall treatment in the bathroom.
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5 | Inside, the décor is kept neutral and light, with lots of natural wood decorating the ceilings and composing pillars. The smooth wood grain continues into the furniture design too, providing warmth in the predominantly pale scheme.
The master bedroom on the right gives privacy by disconnecting it from other rooms. Small atelier was created on the left using difference of floor level between 1st and 2nd floor. There is a small library that connects to the family room on 3rd floor. By combining with roof garden and pocket pool, the family room can be extended.
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By blurring the lines between floor, wall and ceiling, it allows a mystic and inspirational space with new perspective and can be used for muti-purpose such as private gallery, library, and party space. The volcanic island Jeju where this house will be located has a unique forest called ‘Gotjawal’ with mild temperature and high humidity throughout the year that enables coexistence of diverse living things.By applying these characteristics of the forest, we plan to use environment-friendly interior and exterior finishing materials made from Jeju to make a healthy and pure house dealing with the four distinctive seasons
1 | The dwelling is located in La Lucia, Durban, which is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, and the third largest city in South Africa; Durban has also found fame in being the busiest port in South Africa, though this home is a picture of peace and serenity itself, situated on a seaside retreat right by the water’s edge.
In addition, an open air pocket pool enables swimming with the feeling of enjoying the nature of Jeju island. The house is a high-end condominium located in ‘Gotjawal Village’, the first phase of the ‘Jeju Airest City’. ‘Jeju Airest City’ is the biggest integrated resort development in the history of Jeju island comprising various resort facilities including shopping mall, casino, hotel, medical center, and new concept of condominiums under the concept of a ‘Creative Business Leisure City’.
Architect: Planning Korea Location: Jeju, Korea Client: Berjaya Jeju Resort Limited Area: 308 sqm Completion: 2015