Architect Monica Drucker knew that she had found the ideal spot for this modernist white home at the top of the Morumbi hills, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Her client demanded abundant transparency, which required solutions for controlling Brazil’s blazing light.
If we don’t already have one, so many of us hanker for one — an open kitchen, that is, where we can cook among family and friends, fraternize while the bratwurst is roasting, do homework with the kids while stirring up a hearty stew.
But the open kitchen is a demanding path to happiness. Because open kitchens play a starring role in the home, visible to all who enter your abode, they must also be aesthetically pleasing. They have to look orderly. Colorful. Elegant. Interesting. Not like an afterthought. Not like, for instance, your dusty old basement or the overflowing storage closet off the back porch.
In Seoul’s old Buam-dong neighborhood, a curious blend of ancient and modern makes a strange alliance in this adaptation for a young Korean family.
The clients loved old traditional Korean houses, and bought the tile roofed traditional house – plus a motley assortment of sheds that came with it – from the old couple who had owned it.
Then they hired JYA-RCHITECTS to make a mix of old and new that would work for their young family.