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This Vertical Micro Home in Seoul Is a Skyscraper For Two

Alessia Musillo
·1 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects

From ELLE Decor

Seroro, the name of this micro home in Seoul, wasn’t chosen by chance. From Korean, the word literally translates as “vertical” and is inspired by the aesthetics of architecture. The home was built like a mini skyscraper, soaring up to scratch the clouds as the idea of a young couple: he an architect at Smaller Architects Studio, and she a teacher. Together, the two never abandoned hope to transform their small and expensive lot of terrain into an expansive space in which to flourish.

Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects

The home was designed by stacking rooms vertically, one atop the other. At the feet of the building sits a parking area to hold the cars, while further upwards on the second floor lies a living room and relaxation area. On the third floor we find a dining room and on the fourth a bedroom, which is capped with a private bathrooms. Each level stretches 16 square meters and every room has been positioned (vertically) in order to satisfy the couple’s lifestyle. The living room then is the most accessible as it’s the most lived-in space of the home.

Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects

In the urban landscape of Seoul, the home, in aesthetic terms, stands in stark contrast with the surrounding architectures, drawing attention for its unusual form and color (brilliant white). Most of its windows face southward or westward, favoring a natural illumination in all the interior spaces. While it might seem strange to live in a home with nearly reversed proportions, the staircase is perfect for creating shared environments that can also be divided for a bit of privacy. Like a mini skyscraper for two, this home unites the heavens and earth, and vice versa.

Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects
Photo credit: Courtesy Smaller Architects