Located in the city Seoul, the project engages in a traditional Korean building typology, the Hanok. The thesis proposes to reinstate the Hanok’s function as an urban house. Considering the decrease in the amount of this typology, the proposal presents a possible solution to how we can maintain and add to the existing layers. The transformation involves a change of program, in which the Hanok gains new meaning in today’s urban context. The solution is neither preservation or demolition. By adding new functions and adapting it to modern needs, the Hanok can yet again redeem its status as an urban home.
Today, South Korea and in particular the city of Seoul experiences rapid demographic changes, and the young population is in need of new housing solutions. At the same time, more people question the dominating high-rise typology. With this in mind, the project seeks to explore a new way of living in Seoul by establishing a shared home for young independent women within the city.
The project engages in a specific Urban Hanok, where the transformation involves an addition. In the first phase, model studies became the first tool in the design process. Here, the investigations were based on the urban context, and site specific conditions. Furthermore, the investigations are made in relation to the Hanok, and the registrations made in the research phase. The method of working between different scales, from the urban to the detailed, seeks to present different ways of translating a past architecture into a future language.