This house is a detached house, size of 148.76㎡, built in Ilsan, Gyeong-gi Province. General floor plan for three-member-family consists of the main living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one dress room, kitchen and a workshop; a detached house of 148.76. This house, so called a Lighthouse Residence, represents the characteristic of owner’s occupation.

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Project Name: Lighthouse Residence
Architect: Lee Jae
Status: Built
Project Team: Lee Jae Architects,
Location:  Ilsan, South Korea
Program: Private House
Area: 148.76㎡
Constructor: Siya Con.
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Yang Woosang

Lighthouse Residence By Lee Jae ArchitectsThe land condition for this Lighthouse Residence was created by land division of about twenty-house-size. Five houses are already completed, and others are currently under construction. Lighthouse Residence is aims for something higher than a physical housing where you simply eat and sleep; it pursues co-existing of nature and humanity through continuous relationship via interior and exterior of the building. Predicting this region to be crowded with houses in a near future, Lighthouse Residence is designed to protect owner’s private life from others’ eyes.

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Lighthouse Residence By Lee Jae ArchitectsThe three land sides that are touched by other residents’ are equally divided so that they can be entirely surrounded by the exterior wall of the housing. For the last side, an open view of whole window is installed towards the beautiful landscape, created by the thorough design of terraced heights of the housing complexes. Moreover, in accordance with owner’s lifestyle, Lighthouse Residence is designed for the frequent use of outdoor space in warm seasons. We hope our residents to have a peaceful and protected space where you can enjoy your rest in an outdoor space and courtyard, separated from others’ view.

Lighthouse Residence By Lee Jae ArchitectsThe exterior wall of Lighthouse Residence is finished with white cement render. It faces a clear, open courtyard which you can naturally meet entering the building along with the wall. Residents can enter the building as they walk along the courtyard. The courtyard, due to the fake wall installed for blocking the attention, is both an inside and an outside of the building, which is a traditional architectural concept of Oriental Architecture, intentionally applied to the sequence of Lighthouse Residence spaces. Therefore, residents can experience a flexible relationship with inside and outside following the natural spatial flow. In the Lighthouse Residence, two big courtyards and one small courtyard – three in total – are designed, and they allow you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine totally alone in your own space. Moreover, two exterior terrace spaces are located closely with each room in outdoor, in which the identical finishing to the floor is used, which also makes it difficult to distinguish inside from outside.

Lighthouse Residence By Lee Jae ArchitectsLighthouse Residence, in order to maximize the energy efficiency of natural temperature control, has its big windows directed towards south so that whole house can be heated through sunlight in winter. Also, to use energy efficiently, radiant heating system is installed in newly constructed concrete floor. Moreover, you can almost feel the inside of house as the part of outside, due to the reflected natural light thanks to finishing the whole with white-colored interior and the ceiling installed on the roof which leads the light into the deep space of its house.

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Lee Jae

Founder and Principal Architect

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Lee Jae is a Korean architect who practices in Seoul and Barcelona. He studied in Barcelona (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona – ETSAB) and in Valencia, Span (UE – Universidad Europea de Valencia)

In 2013, he founded Lee Jae Architects and has designed Paju (Small house), Sejong (Courtyard House), Ilsan (Brick House, Library House, Lighthouse Residence and Seou l(Vanloenhout). Nowadays, he is in the designing university campus of the master plan, library, the dormitory for students, and some residential buildings in collaboration with domestic and international architects. He has been permitted many awards of domestic and international architecture design competitions including the first prize of an international architecture design competition supervised by World Association of Architecture (UIA).

Since he founded Lee Jae Architects in 2013, he has lectured at Seoul Culture Art University and Paichai University and is writing books on architecture and education. He tried to achieve the combination of nature and architecture, that of oldness and newness and that of sensitivity and rationality in his works. He pursues to realize Korean style modernism architecture his architectural world.

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