Nature Engulfs This South Korean House Nestled Into the Earth

Faced with a steep slope, Rieuldorang Atelier immersed this home in the hillside.

The home's lower level is submerged in the hillside. The three bedrooms on the upper level have access to the roof terrace.

When clients approached Rieuldorang Atelier to build this house in Cheongdo-gun, South Korea, their brief was simple: they wanted to live in nature. However, early in the design process, they discovered that the forest that backed the building site would be developed. “In other words, they wanted to live in nature, but it became an ironic situation where nature was lost,” said the firm.

The 2,026-square-foot house is split into two structures, with an underground garage separating the two halves.

The 2026-square-foot house is split into two structures, with an underground garage separating the two halves.  

Joonhwan Yoon

The architects’ approach to the clients’ dilemma was to put the house in the ground, and the nature in the house. “We did not want to design on the land…by cutting the ground or building up the soil,” said the firm. “The point was to actively use the surrounding natural environment and land while complying with the slope of the land.”

The home's lower level is submerged in the hillside. The three bedrooms on the upper level have access to the roof terrace.

The home’s lower level is submerged in the hillside. The three bedrooms on the upper level have access to the roof terrace. 

Joonhwan Yoon

The gabled form of the building is sliced open at the entrance to reveal a deliberately placed tree. This building houses four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen; the main living spaces are located in the second building.

The gabled form of the building is sliced open at the entrance to reveal a deliberately placed tree. This building houses four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen; the main living spaces are located in the second building.

Joonhwan Yoon

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