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Salong - Island

I, a young person in my thirties, face difficulties in achieving independence and enjoying quality living spaces due to delayed employment and expensive rent compared to the past. However, we set our sights on destinations such as apartments and private homes as we navigate through our thirties. Along the way, we encounter multi-unit housing complexes known as 'villas.' Today's individuals who desire harmonious coexistence seek appropriate distances to maintain their personal boundaries. They wish to have shared spaces that are not unconditionally communal, but rather separated from their private spaces, chosen according to their personal preferences. Furthermore, they want to experience a variety of hobbies and interests in line with the social atmosphere, where gatherings occur, and memories are created.

Year : 2018
Category : Competition
Role : Team Leader of 3 members

Typical Korean villas
lack shared spaces and suffer from underutilized areas. Despite being designed for communal living, these multi-unit housing complexes often feature unused spaces devoid of events or activities. The revitalization of these underutilized spaces is necessary to breathe life into these villas. Examples of such spaces include the staircase area and rooftop, which are currently only used as means to overcome level differences or as off-limits areas.

Additionally, illegal building expansions can be transformed into legal pavilions that contribute to the community's development. By converting these illegal structures into legal appendages, the local community can benefit from a variety of new activities and spaces. These appendages can reflect the community's culture and history, as well as promote communication and exchange between residents. Therefore, efforts must be made to transform illegal buildings into legal pavilions to promote community development and revitalization.

"Layering, stacking, adding, and spreading" are expansion methods based on the architectural characteristics of existing villas. This strategy aims to create a new community salon and form streets, by connecting and adding features to each villa to accommodate various shared desires of housing types of residents familiar with economic logic of existing multi-family homes. It proposes a new residential type for people in their 30s by forming a new residential community.

The emergence of the new Korean-style villa is a promising response to the persistent problem of illegal villa extensions, paving the way for novel possibilities and opportunities in the realm of architecture and urbanism. This innovative housing typology, underpinned by government support, is envisioned as a community-oriented solution tailored to the needs and aspirations of the younger generation.

Through a judicious blend of traditional and contemporary design elements, this new villa type is poised to create a distinctive and memorable urban fabric, and foster a sense of place among its inhabitants. In contrast to the existing villa typologies, which often fall short of addressing the evolving needs and desires of contemporary society, this new form of residential living is poised to offer a fresh take on communal living and foster a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable community.