REX, Brooklyn based practice designed YIBD ‘Project R6’ – vertical residence complex for short-term young business professionals and foreign residents in Seoul, South Korea. In order to compensate for relatively small apartment units – between 40sqm and 60sqm – architects made an additional effort to engender strong sense of community, through the central courtyard and common roof terraces, and perfection in the interior – highest level of user comfort, great views and attractiveness. Moreover, the residences are highly sustainable, being provided the cross ventilation and maximized daylight.
A concrete-encased steel mega-brace, encircling the courtyard, supports shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs, defining each unit. The units are flexible – they are equipped with an inserted wooden shell containing a bathroom and a kitchen, while the movable wall can shift within the unit, defining the bedroom or the living room. The wall includes a bed, nightstands, couch, television unit, task lights and storage.
Expectedly, the building is enveloped in high-performance façade, composed of frameless IGUs, which emphasize the remarkable exterior views. The interior, floor to ceiling façade is composed of same IGUs, equipped with black-out and shade roller blinds, which ensure spatial relief and privacy while maintaining community spirit, generated by conversation / reading / play pods, extending into the courtyard.
High level of adaptability of the units and layout flexibility, implementation of passive strategies such as cross ventilation and maximization of daylight and social strategies for generating strong sense of community place this extraordinary urban boutique residence among most progressive and innovative developments in South Korea.