THE HOUSE OF THE THREE TREES IN SANGJU-SI, GYEONGSANGBUK-DO, SOUTH KOREA
The Strenght of Wood as Structural Element
JK-AR (Jae Kim Architects + Researchers)
A total of 4,006 CNC machined pieces of wood gives form to the 3 trees-columns supporting the irregular hexagonal roof of this house, testifying to the structural potential of engineered wood. The systematic and creative exploration of new architectural processes and solutions at the intersection between the fields of information technologies and advanced manufacturing permitted this reinterpretation of the iconic timber construction systems characteristic of wood architecture in the Far East. The materials selected for the exterior are those commonly used in Korea’s rural areas, such as plywood and corrugated polycarbonate. The translucid material selected reveals the internal plywood finish and, on the roof, confers a lightness on the building that contrasts the adjacent homes and, at the same time, recalls the region’s warehouses and greenhouses.