L'EAU design

An Alternative Life for the Immigrant Community.


‘Diaspora’ has the meaning of national dispersion or separation in its etymology. It also refers to the residing place and community where the members of an ethnic group have scattered across different pats of the world and formed a village.


In modern society, the words ‘returning from farming and home’ are frequently appearing. This is because a new form of ‘emotional diaspora’ is appearing as returnees migrate their home ground in search of another life.


The houses of these villages must free from the enumerative duplication of the standardized residential units and must be formed in a communal arrangement where the houses, which have included the unique lifestyle of those who have lived their lives are in harmony with each other’s variety.


Yeoncheon Diaspora is based on autonomy and flexibility in placement in order to respect each other's life, but it takes into account the local characteristics of the site. Set a constant gable slope appropriate to the climate characteristics and arrange the arrangement axis so that the village community facing the panoramic view of Mt. Gam-ak shares the landscape together.

Yeoncheon Diaspora基於自主權和靈活的擺放位置,以尊重彼此的生活,但同時考慮了場地的當地特色。設置適合氣候特徵的恆定山牆坡度,並排列佈置軸,使村民面對山的全景。

The gable volumes are placed depending on the function of the room and considering the direction. The full volumes are partially taken out and filed with void space, inserting nature into it, creating a primitive. Later, necessary rooms are added to the volume to create a generative structure that is modifiable over time.



Project Information

Project Name: DIASPORA

Location: Yeoncheon, Korea

Architect Office: L'EAU design

Area: 199m²

Completion Year:2018

Photographer: Kyungsub Shin

Kim dong-jin studies architecture in Hongik, Seoul, and in Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville, becoming an Architect DPLG. He has worked SAC (Seoul Architects Consultants) INTERNATINAL, LTD. in Seoul. He is the President of L’EAU DESIGN Co.,Ltd. Laboratory of Environment Architecture Urbanism, and is a professor of Hongik University.

His major works include "Bati-ㄹ“, ”Scarlet Terre house", “Ohryu High School Renovation", “Iridescent cloud", "RSM Design Studio-Official Space", "Newyork Gana gallery" and etc. He was received Seoul Metropolitan Government Architecture Awards in 2007, Korea, Awards of Korean Institute of Architects in 2008, 1st Young Architect Awards in 2008.

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