April 18, 2013

Library/Stairway/Home Theater/Slide By Moon Hoon


There is a LOT to love about this awesome space at the energetic center of architect Moon Hoon's Panorama House, built in Chungbuk, South Korea. I mean, it's a family room, a stairway, a library, a home theater [with a giant dropdown screen] and a slide.

And it even creates a quieter study area underneath, outside the kids' bedrooms.


But honestly, all these engineered wood treatments are giving me kind of a headache. And that mesh safety rail contraption. And am I missing something, or is it possible to just push those books through, so they fall onto the head of your big sister cramming for her make-or-break middle school entrance exam? Wouldn't a backing of some kind, any kind, have helped? And what if you extended the shelves deeper underneath, couldn't you effectively double the storage space? And then hide all the crappy-looking books in the nook?

And is it a Korean custom, or the unintended side effect of having so many multi-use surfaces in your innovative house, that these kids seem to be standing on tables all the time?

Panorama House by Moon Hoon [contemporist via dt reader rolf]
Moon Hoon architect site [moonhoon]


Anybody see what wood (or wood product) was used for the stairs/shelves/slide?

At first glance, I thought bamboo because of the thin strips, but the knots seem to preclude that.

yeah, I thought so too, but it looks like some kind of engineered board built up from shorter, smaller pieces, IKEA-style. The vertical safety slats on the railing are also built up with tooth joints.

At first I was like ..."hoon"?

Then realized that's actually a name.

Wonder if there's someone in Tennessee named Narly Burnsout.

Brit Hoon.

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