Set on a lakefront inside a tourist location, the Conan House in Daejeon, South Korea is indeed a modern day dream property spectacle. And an ultra-cool one at that. Developed by cheeky architect Moon Hoon, this sculptural vertical pod entrances with a an industrial, but serene vibe.
This cube-like property was built for a young family members whose one particular principal requirement was to have ample exhibition space for their increasing miniature robot collection. The modern white dwelling just over 1,25 square feet is ridden with a series of external recesses. Additional innovation lies inside the internal formation of stacked trapezoidal planes which are rooted around the core stairwell ascending all 6 floors. Jagged and angular windows viewing the water and mountains are placed on each and every face of the polygonal exterior so as to draw vibrant light in from the ground floor to attic space, which is where this stairway reaches.
From the outside, the whimsical structure requires a double-take, with sheared corners and a bold red entry door–triangular and dimensional–that is covert yet welcoming. When inside, even though, this is exactly where the minimalist magic starts. Wood floors and white walls are the steady aesthetic of all living regions including the two-tiered modular library, house office, dining zone, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom and play room. A geometric white railing grid acts as a screen among the spiraling staircase and the central void created by it.
With a restrained palette coupled with sparse furnishings, (a nod to Korean tradition), this house, aptly nicknamed “Play Residence,” attributes distinctive square-shaped displays for the robotic figurines, as nicely as a two-story, cherry-red slide in the attic play location which shines with a sunny yellow ceiling. Energy-efficient fluorescent lighting strips portray a sleek design element while illuminating the interior spaces.
The Conan Property is a modern dream home, a convex stacked box brimming with functionalism and a playful power for all who inhabit it.
Photographs © Moon Hoon.