Guided by constant seeking for innovations and a careful observations of materials, design practice stpmj, aims to design visionary, yet not fantastical architecture. Based in New York and Seoul, the team was established by two graduates of prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Design - Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim.
Presented below, a Shear House located in Kyung Buk, Yecheon, Korea is an example of simple modern treatment of a house with gable roof. The house, with its two different ends, a typical gable end and a sliced and shifted one, is a deconstruction of model traditional dwelling introducing convenient facilities.
As the architects say: „The volume of gable on the West end changes its placement along with body of house. It projects out toward South at the East end, while maintaining its triangular shape. The sheared volume is continuously pulled out towards South responding to sun orientation. It creates a deep eave in South and a terrace in North.” Obtained in this way eave provides a shelter from sunlight during summer time and allows natural lighting in winter.
In the Northern part of the house, two bedrooms, bathroom, library, stair and kitchen are located, whereas a South part is an area of long and sculptured living room, with generous multi-purpose use. While keeping the exterior part of the house simple, the inner space provides vivid playful experiences on changing geometries. Although rooms are rectangular-shaped, walls are triangle, parallelogram, and trapezoid, introducing dynamism and tension between the interior and the exterior part.