Exercise 101 – Hanok Architecture – Holland Seropian

Hanok Architecture

The term "Hanok" translates to Korean house, however it means more than that and refers more to any work of traditional Korean architecture. Though they are constructed using a strict set of techniques, the Hanok can also show aspects of individuality within each construct. Most importantly though, is how the design of Hanok architecture focuses more on the interaction between the building and it's surroundings with an emphasis on harmony within its environment. They are traditionally made of all natural materials and utilize many building techniques that reduce the uses of heating and lighting through the natural form of the buildings; such as how the roof is structured. The idea behind it all is ultimately to create spaces that interact with the environment and living areas that are connected to ones surroundings.

This post is useful to young designers in learning more about eastern design techniques that utilize different mindsets and goals in their designs as opposed to common western techniques. There is an emphasis on harmony with the surrounding environment not only in being Eco-friendly, but visually as well. This contrasts with the idea of trying to make a building draw emphasis towards itself within its placement demanding ones attention. There is also a strong use of shadows in eastern design that seems to differ itself from the ideas of uses of lighting, while it seems that light comes with shadows, there obviously is something different that happens when the designer chooses to make one or the other the focal point.

For more check out the article here -

Why The Traditional Hanok Is The Forerunner To Eco-Architecture

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Comments (2)

  1. Indeed, a lot of traditional Asia architecture like Hanok insert a great emphasis on harmony between the built environment and the architecture. A majority of Asian architecture uses wood as building material and utilizes technology to reduce heat during very hot weathers. Having raised in Hong Kong, I felt an instant connection with Hanok as they have similar appearance of Chinese architecture that are seen in my country!

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