Nonhyun Matryoshka

Nonhyun Matryoshka by L’EAU Design




Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

Nonhyun Matryoshka is located in a residential area of four to five-story buildings, situated deep within Gangnam’s main street.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

Existing housing developments usually require closed boundaries to prevent an invasion of privacy.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

However, new neighbourhood living facilities desire demarcation in order to populate each domain with its own distinctive features, as these spaces are made up of many diverse programs.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

As such, it has been planned to mark this duality. The site is rectangular with pyramidal frame, tapering at the top due to setback regulations.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

A hard crust has been built here to make the internal space flexible. This crust becomes a structure which includes a boundary within a boundary, becoming smaller and overlapping at the top.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

Just like the Russian doll Matryoshka, it is a repeating and overlapping “object within a similar object”.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

Forming a flexible layer of air, this provides not only a room to continuously create private narratives within its scope, but also the privacy demanded by both this building and the surrounding houses.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

This creates a mise en obyme that keeps creating a box-in-a-box and a story-in-a-story, as if parallel mirrors place us within an endless infinite relationship.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan

Although a building can be said to externally form a boundary, self-enclosed and set apart from surrounding buildings in a residential area, it has to become “Matryoshka”, inclusive of its own private landscape. Source by L’EAU Design.

Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan
  • Location: 266-15, Nonhyeon 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Architect: L’EAU design
  • Architect in Charge: Kim Dong-jin (Hongik University)
  • Project Team: Lee Sanghak , Ju Ikhyeon, Jung Donghui, Park Haein, YoonJihye, Kwon Jungyeol, Kim Minji
  • Structure: RC
  • Site area: 486.30m2
  • Building area: 280.26m2
  • Gross floor area: 1535.03m2
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Kim Yongkwan, Courtesy of L’EAU Design
Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan
Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan
Nonhyun Matryoshka
Photo © Kim Yongkwan
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