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Jinok Jung, Yorim Lee
Text description provided by the architects. ITCH (二 致), is the match of two different things. Located in the alley in front of Seonggwak Park in Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, ITCH House is the newlywed home of a space designer couple. This place, where two people meet in different style to achieve one purpose, was planned to serve as a home for them and a workspace that could be a leap into a new beginning.
The ITCH house is nestled among dozens of homes, among the tall and dense buildings around it. Due to the nature of the site, which can only be accessed by narrow and high stairs, this tiny house, nestled among the crowded buildings, must be a building with a relaxed atmosphere where you can catch your breath. It was hoped that the gleaming ivory brick that could illuminate the surroundings, the light seeping through the bricks, and the small garden would be such a breath of fresh air. The designer’s work inside the first floor is mirrored on the outside, and the cultivation and liveliness of the balcony are exposed to passersby through stacking spaces, expanding the sense of space.
The entrance to the current building was looking at the path people were passing through. The fact that the opening of the front door could be seen through the windows of dozens of surrounding houses was thought to be the most vulnerable part of the house. Privacy is enhanced by allowing people to go back to the back of the building through the narrow alley surrounding the house. In addition, the facade of the building without openings was built with bricks, and the balustrade was made of an external material to expand the facade to create a sense of presence. In addition, the old Gudeuljang, which has constituted the building since ancient times, has been reused to create an entrance in time.
ITCH House is a tiny house of 27 degrees on the first floor and 22 degrees on the second floor. For those who spend more time working and inviting people more than cooking, the kitchen area on the first floor has been reduced and a long table for up to 12 people has been placed. At the end of the table, it opens onto a balcony, allowing the greenness and light of the bamboo into the space, giving a sense of expansiveness. The floor, walls, and ceilings are all unified in the same wood color to add a sense of stretch and comfort, and all the furniture and electronics are hidden inside the wall to make the space appear larger.
The couple, who believes that time in the shower space at the beginning and end of the day improves the quality of life, realizes that the bathtub space is large by dividing the dry toilet and wet bathroom, even though it is a small space. Recently, while we are skeptical about apartments and houses built in the same shape as factories, we have tried to design a space in which we can realize our own lifestyle as a new home. Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings; then they shape us.” We wanted a building that could reflect the tastes of its occupants and influence their way of life. Given this lifestyle, I hope this tiny house will be a building that can have a good impact on the couples who chart the future.