Could you imagine fitting a 172 m² multiplex rental housing building in a plot of land just 8 meters wide and 20 meters long? Design Band YOAP had plenty of imagination and what they created is call the “White House.”
In the heart of Seoul, Korea, Design Band YOAP converted what seems like a cramped space into a 5 story building housing 9 studio apartments. Because the building is for rental homes, it had to be both profitable and economical, while providing a comfortable environment for the residents. In order to accomplish this, each apartment was designed with a simple floor plan to maximize space. To provide even more comfort, “breathing spaces” such as the rooftop community area and terrace, were created. Large windows facing the street in each apartment give the residents access to views of the surrounding neighborhood rather than neighboring buildings. To add contrast, the building façade is a bright, clean white, while the interior has a yellow staircase, aqua blue and lime colored walls, and each apartment has a red door. The result is a building designed to feel so expansive, that you don’t even realize the limited amount of space it is housed in.
The YOAP White House shows that imagination is the key to an innovative design, especially under the constraints of tight spaces and business requirements. What do you think of the YOAP White House? Share your thoughts in the comments below.