new york-based REX architecture has developed 'project R6' an urban boutique residence for short-term business people, young urban professionals and foreign tenants located in the dream hub yongsan international business district (YIBD), seoul, korea. due to the transience of its target users and the brief duration for which they are home, the unit sizes are small, measuring 40 m2, 50 m2, and 60 m2.
the tower is situated in a narrow parcel bounded by the mountain park which includes a children’s interactive spray park, rail road museum, outdoor amphitheater, yongsan station esplanade and the central park which is adjacent to hangang-ro area. by placing the building to the south of this block, all units command great views and the structural forms a gateway to the YIBD.
by pulling layers of the typical housing tower in opposing directions, the small units maintain their size, but are stretched into favorable proportions that provide views and daylight from both sides, cross-ventilation, and creates a sense of community through the development of a central courtyard, roof terraces andconversation/reading/play pods.
the stretched layers are strategically positioned to develop adequate continuity of the building’s primary structure: a concrete-encased steel mega-brace that encircles the courtyard. the support reinforces a shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs that define each dwelling. each ledge is inserted a wooden shell containing a bathroom on one side and a kitchen on the other.
a movable wall, using standard compact shelving technology, shifts within the unit to define a bedroom which is adjacent to the bathroom or a living room which adjoins the kitchen. the partition includes a bed, nightstands, a couch, a television mount, task lighting and storage.
a high-performance exterior and interior facade which is composed of frameless IGUs (insulated glass units) emphasizes the remarkable views while black-out and shade roller blinds control sunlight and glare, providing spatial relief and maintaining privacy.