Situated in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, the Linear House is as a seasonal vacation house for a family of three. The program called for an open and airy design with visual connection to the surrounding natural landscape. The 371 sm (4,000-square-foot) house consists two parallel structures that emerge from the hillside; one contains the living quarter and the other comprised of outdoor spaces including the swimming pool and the garden. The site's topography naturally conceals much of the structure on approach. Descending from the roof deck, the stair leads visitors on to the exterior court and the living area. The lower level contains the family room that doubles as the guest suite. With the landscape providing the backdrop, transparency and light play against the opacity and solidity of the concrete slabs. The house’s exterior wall consists floor-to-ceiling glass panels that fold and pivot, eroding the boundary between the interior and the exterior. The vibrant and transparent blue hue of the swimming pool frames landscape beyond.
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