Rivendell Guest House / IDMM Architects

Architects: IDMM Architects
Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Area: 721 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

Structural Engineer: S.D.M Partners
Construction: Jehyo E&C
Mechanical Engineer: GK MEC
Electric Engineer: Kukdong
Landscape: STUDIO terra
Text: Kwak, Hee Soo

From the architect. Among its many types, residential architecture is extremely limited when it comes to experimentation. Who would want to live like a guinea pig in highly private space in which his or her life unfolds? In order to weigh up the singularity of the architecture of a residential building, the search for relationships between spaces could be a better approach than searching for ‘newness’.

Relationships between the building’s layout and the land upon which it stands, and the way in which it fits in among the buildings around it are to be interrogated. The Guesthouse Rivendell sits on a plot that measures 3300㎡, a size rather large for a house. The architect has been careful, therefore, to position the structures so as to avoid making the house look too small and the leaving the rest of the site looking like a desert.