AUGUST 2019 by DONGLIN KIM

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THE SPACE FOR ME

2015 Space Design Project
Team member: Hyo-jeong Park, Dae-Hwan Ju 

 ‘A Space for Me’ project aims to provide customers with a personalized space

that is tailored to each customer’s life pattern and personality. 

BACKGROUND

 

MAJOR TYPE OF HOUSING

According to Statistics Korea (2015), 59.9 percent of Koreans 
live in apartments; in other words, more than half of Koreans 
live in compact apartment suits rather than in detached houses. 

MASS PRODUCTION OF APARTMENT COMPLEX

At the time of rapid industrialization in 1950s, apartments 
were considered the most efficient type of housing to absorb 
the massive flow of rural-to-urban migration. Ever since, 
the mass-produced apartment complex, has become 
the major housing type in the country. 

THE PROBLEM IS...

 

INDIVIDUAL LIFESTYLES LEFT NEGLECTED

These apartments, however, are standardized in a way that neglects the unique lifestyles of each resident. Individuals with their own ways of living have no choice but to fit into a uniform space. 

CHANGING DEMANDS IN LIFESTYLES

Consumption trends in South Korea have been changing towards greater diversity; yet, apartment units remain unevolved. More and more people demand micro-customized products, services, and environment that reflect personal uniqueness and traits to pursue greater well-being and quality of life. 

CONCEPT

 

"THE SPACE FOR ME"

Recognizing the need to redesign residential spaces, 
‘The Space for Me’ project was introduced

to provide a customized place that is tailored to his or her life patterns and personality. 

CURRENT APPARTMENTS 

‘THE SPACE FOR ME’

A SPACE FOR WHO?

 

HYO-EUN PARK

22 years old
University Student
Pianist
Currently Living with Parents

HYO-EUN'S ROOM

Since 5 years old, Hyo-Eun spent most time in her room as a growing pianist. Her room was a space for her to spent at least 5 hours a day to practice piano as well as to take breaks and relax. 

Hyo-Eun always wished that her room provided 
an ideal environment to balance her daily schedules. 
But, the conventional square-structured apartment room caused her to pile different objects into a mess. 
This has caused her distractions from preparing for 
piano competitions and other activities. 

 

INTERVIEW

 

SPATIAL PROGRESS

 

STEP 1: CURRENT SITUATION AND ANALYSIS

STEP 2: SPATIAL PROGRESS

 

FINAL DESIGN

PROJECTED OUTCOME OF HYO-EUN’S SPACE

 

The light switch connected to the smartphone

During the interview with Hyo-Eun, she mentioned that the smartphone is the major distractor from practicing the piano. We therefore designed the lighting system of the piano room, so that the light of the piano room is turned on when she places her smartphone on the jack.
 

View from the Practice Room

The soundproof practice room prevents noise from inside out, allowing Hyo-Eun to fully focus on her music. The window provides visual openness and minimizes stiffness. 

A small room beneath the Grand Piano

Since early age, she often climbed under her Piano 
to take a short break. Taking this into a consideration, we designed a small room for her to take breaks and to use it as a storage. 

The way out from her bed

In the hallway from her bed, essential items are placed on the wall, including a clock, a calendar and a memopad. In this place, she can remind her daily schedule.

Relaxing space  

The relaxing space is covered with warm-colored wallpaper. Wall storages are attatched on the sides to effectively arrange various items. 
  

Multi-closet and foldable table

The multipurpose closet and a foldable table attached to the wall maximize the use of limited areas.