Set on a lakefront within a tourist destination, the Conan House in Daejeon, South Korea is indeed a modern dream home spectacle. And an ultra-cool one at that. Designed by cheeky architect Moon Hoon, this sculptural vertical pod entrances with a an industrial, yet serene vibe.
This cube-like house was built for a young family whose one main requirement was to have ample exhibition space for their growing miniature robot collection. The contemporary white dwelling just over 1,100 square feet is ridden with a series of external recesses. Further innovation lies within the internal formation of stacked trapezoidal planes which are rooted around the core stairwell ascending all six floors. Jagged and angular windows viewing the water and mountains are placed on each face of the polygonal exterior so as to draw bright light in from the ground floor to attic space, which is where this stairway reaches.
From the outside, the whimsical structure requires a double-take, with sheared corners and a bold red entry door–triangular and dimensional–that is covert yet welcoming. Once inside, though, this is where the minimalist magic begins. Wood floors and white walls are the steady aesthetic of all living areas including the two-tiered modular library, home office, dining zone, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom and play room. A geometric white railing grid acts as a screen between the spiraling staircase and the central void created by it.
With a restrained palette coupled with sparse furnishings, (a nod to Korean tradition), this home, aptly nicknamed “Play House,” features distinctive square-shaped displays for the robotic figurines, as well as a two-story, cherry-red slide in the attic play area which shines with a sunny yellow ceiling. Energy-efficient fluorescent lighting strips portray a sleek design element while illuminating the interior spaces.
The Conan House is a modern dream home, a convex stacked box brimming with functionalism and a playful energy for all who inhabit it.
Photos © Moon Hoon.