미국의 건축웹진 Architizer 에서는 최근 한국의 전통에 기반한 한국건축에 대하여 소개하였다.
‘Neo-Traditional Korean Homes: 6 Modern Updates on the Vernacular Style’ 라는 타이틀의 기사에서는 짧게나마 해외의 에디터가 소개하는 ‘한옥’ 에 대한 설명과 3팀(Studio GAON, T.R.U Architects, IROJE KHM)의 건축가들이 설계한 최근 프로젝트들을 살펴볼 수 있다.
“Hanok” is the term used to describe traditional Korean houses. The architecture of these houses focuses on the infrastructure’s relationship to its surroundings — typically landscapes and seasonality. Many villages in Korea show mixed suburban and urban landscapes of both traditional Hanok homes and modern homes that take into consideration the characters of traditional architecture in a unique way. Modern Hanok architecture is inspired by both the natural principal of house positioning to showcase and frame beautiful landscapes, while also remaining true to materiality and interior characteristics.
Since Korea experiences extremely hot summers and cold winters, these Korean homes have a floor-based heating system for winters but are made of wooden flooring to cool off during hot summers. Common materials used in this type of architecture are soil, timber, rock, and curvy tiled roofing. These materials are often raw with minimal finishing as to blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. Interior plans make use of sliding doors made of “hanji,” a traditional Korean paper that creates a beautiful and breathable look.
While many Hanok homes can be seen in small towns of larger cities, most neo-traditional Korean homes are built in remote areas, truly capturing the traditional essence of Korean homes by embracing the surrounding nature in creative ways.