Young Joon arranged a visit to the latest model apartment of Kolon E&C, our client for the Gapyong project. It turned out to be a stunning experience. The apartment is so ingenious that perhaps for the first time since the comparison between a Corbu and a Traction Avant architecture can actually keep up with the advancements of the automobile. Even though I did not detect any airbags. (But it features an enclosed escape balcony. As long as you don’t desire a flat above the twentieth floor the ladder of a fire truck can pick you up. Otherwise you depend on a helicopter…)
Two apartments are on display of which the Kan Kan Premium is most impressive. The materials are luxury, mostly marble.
The entire loft seems to be developed from the one aspect normally overlooked in architecture: storage. The residence is hardcore practical. The design is made by the in-house creative team lead by Hyun-Joo Seo in collaboration with Japanese designer Kondo Noriko. It combines Japanese resourcefulness in optimizing limited space and transformation during the day with actual spaciousness. An exploded Frankfurter Küche.
Kan Kan is a transformer. The division walls are either moveable or function as a closet. Most cabinets can be reached from two sides and as such create unexpected relationships. The dressing room looks like a Helmut Lang store. By rotating one cupboard it suddenly turns from storage for winter clothes into a closet for summer dresses… the entrance is formidable; there are two ways into the apartment, through the family entrance or the formal guest entrance. Both with unlimited storage space, for shoes, sportswear etc..
Besides the technical advancement and fancy materialization true beauty is in the organization of the plan. The layout is based on a series of loops. For each room there are two ways in and out. By switching a cupboard the loops can be disconnected or opened up. It is the ideal place for kids. It will be hard to find them again if they choose to go into hiding. If a war breaks out it might be the ideal hideout, a transparent ‘panic room’…
Korean culture is a mixture of east and west. This pluriform identity requires additional versatility; the house basically should be more adaptable than residences elsewhere. In the standard apartment for instance the kitchen features a moveable section that can easily be rolled to the dinner table. Here it becomes a grill for family barbeques. It also features an additional specialized kitchen to keep the tradition alive of making your own Kimchi.
Suddenly it occurred to us that perhaps Old Boy has something to do with this apartment too: was the insanely glamorous penthouse that plays a part in this movie a source of inspiration?
Check out from minute 3:30
Check out from 2:17
Kolon model apartment front office
Kan Kan Premium Apartment: welcome!
kids ‘living room’ (and storage)
room divider in kiz wiz
man made marble?
privacy through a glass door in the ‘fusion bathroom’
slide and separate
Hyun-Joo Seo, Team Chief of the Kolon Design Creative Team
Wonder Living 365: storage dedicated to the living room
cupboard especially for your chargers.
season closet summer
season closet winter
from master bathroom towards powder room
‘kitchen oasis’ (kimchi kitchen in the back)
cupboard for over-sized bowls
pop-up rice cooker
cook book display
seat step storage
movable kitchen block