Designed by Mass Studies, this minimalist “Chipped House” has different external spaces on all four levels, and a vertical spiral movement connects the levels and the inside and outside, providing diverse perspectives. The first floor has a common use area via a stairway built along the northern part of the building interior connected to the entrance foyer, by which one can gain access to the first floor, the main level. The rectangular plane facing east to west comprises a block located in the north-western corner designed as a service space consisting of a kitchen, utility room and bathroom, and a block designed as an A/V room in the south-eastern corner.
These two blocks structurally support the upper two levels. The remaining irregular space peripheral to the center on the first floor is an open space where one can enjoy the distant scenery of Heyri obliquely in the north-eastern side while avoiding a view of neighboring buildings from the north, encouraging people to view the garden planned in the south-western surplus space rather than the external road directly to the south. Along with this north-east–south-west sight line an open interior space, functioning as a living room and dining room, is suggested. Moreover, the dining area in the south-west is extended to an outside deck and piloti, encouraging the use of a garden in the south-west of the site. In the garden situated in the south of the level facing the external road, short bamboo trees are closely planted, serving as a barrier against the outside.
The second floor family room/study, connected to the downstairs by a stairway, bisects the rectangular plane of the second floor with a master bedroom in the west and two bedrooms and a bathroom in the east. Unlike the first floor of common use space in which a diagonal spatial flow was created in consideration of surrounding conditions seen from the house, the second floor has a much better view, as it is higher and is simply composed of rectangular-shaped spaces. In the family room in the center the perspective faces a south-north direction and is extended to an external terrace in the south. The external terrace, located in the southern center of the second floor, is also a space connected to a rooftop.
The roof on the slope area, created due to standards limiting building height on a slope in the Heyri guidelines is landscaped with sedum, producing an artificial landscape. There is another terrace in south-eastern corner on the rooftop level connected by a stairway from the second floor terrace. With a landscaped area on the rooftop as a short-range view, the terrace is a space with the best views in the house, overlooking the whole landscape of Heyri. | Mass Studies