Inspired by Hanok, Vernacular Versatility Won 9th annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition


Inspired by Hanok, Vernacular Versatility is the winning design of 9th annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition. Yong Ju Lee was inspired by Hanok, a traditional Korean house that is defined by its exposed wooden structural system along with tiled roof. Modern world has eliminated Hanok in every town, especially after modern apartments are rising. A bit about this historical building, Hanok has been known for its efficient of eco-friendly function and healing effectiveness, yes, healing. Today, many people try to move in to Hanok to cure asthma or atopy which usually caused by environment, but unfortunately there are only about less than 1% Hanok available in Korea.

Designer : Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

The curved edge of the roof is adjustable to control the amount of sunlight entering the house, the central part of the structure is wooden connection called Gagu. Gagu is located below the main roof system where column meets the beam and girder, fastened without any nails. This unique connection makes this building boasts main aesthetic characteristics of traditional Korean architecture. In the old days, this structure was developed to one-story residences only, but with today’s technology and various modeling software, it is highly possible to apply this traditional concept to complex high rise structures yet still meet the contemporary purposes.

Vernacular Versatility opens new possibilities to bring back the old tradition to present day, with efficiency and beauty. It is hoped to get people’s attention and stimulate their interest in traditional architecture.

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

Vernacular Versatility Skyscraper by Yong Ju Lee

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