Songpa Micro Housing
Seoul, Korea | 2014
[Gold Prize, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/Social Housing, American Architecture Prize]
SsD is awarded as a Gold Prize winner of the 2016 American Architecture Prize for the Songpa Micro Housing project. AAP is one of the most respected awards in the industry as with a mission to advance the appreciation of the phenomenal talent and vision displayed by quality architectural design worldwide. AAP takes submission on a global level, covering 41 categories under three main disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design), and the AAP Jury evaluates all submitted designs based on their form, function, and innovation.
AAP celebrate those who not only satisfy the practical purpose but also go beyond by setting new standards. Songpa Micro Housing is awarded as a project that addressing the global problem of increasing urban density and housing costs. By mining the discrepancy between maximum floor area ratios and maximum zoning envelopes, this project provides a new typology that extends the limits of the housing unit to also include semi-public circulation, balconies, and the thickness of walls. Like the ambiguous gel around tapioca pearl, this ‘Tapioca Space’ becomes a soft intersection between public/private and interior/exterior, creating social fabrics between neighbors. It also allows the flexibility for users to choose living in a single “unit block” or a larger configuration of combined blocks, to serve the changing living and working situations.