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Home owner's day job inspires flighty house design

Home owner's day job inspires ...
The design of the Flying House is inspired by winged flight
The design of the Flying House is inspired by winged flight
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The use of exposed concrete in the Flying House isn't to everyone's taste but we think it works really well in this case
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The use of exposed concrete in the Flying House isn't to everyone's taste but we think it works really well in this case
The Flying House's sunken living room
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The Flying House's sunken living room
The Flying House's sunken living room
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The Flying House's sunken living room
Steps lead up to the Flying House's rooftop area
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Steps lead up to the Flying House's rooftop area
The Flying House was completed in 2016
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The Flying House was completed in 2016
The Flying House has lots of little nooks suitable for study, though being near an airport could be quite distracting
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The Flying House has lots of little nooks suitable for study, though being near an airport could be quite distracting
The Flying House is located near the city of Incheon's airport
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The Flying House is located near the city of Incheon's airport
The Flying House has lots of little nooks suitable for study
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The Flying House has lots of little nooks suitable for study
The Flying House has a total of three floors 
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The Flying House has a total of three floors 
The Flying House has a total floorspace of 194 sq m (2,088 sq ft)
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The Flying House has a total floorspace of 194 sq m (2,088 sq ft)
The Flying House's sunken living room 
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The Flying House's sunken living room 
The Flying House's rooftop garden area
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The Flying House's rooftop garden area
The Flying House's raised pavilion 
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The Flying House's raised pavilion 
The Flying House is arranged around a courtyard
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The Flying House is arranged around a courtyard
The Flying House is located near the city of Incheon's airport
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The Flying House is located near the city of Incheon's airport
The Flying House's raised pavilion, pictured to the left
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The Flying House's raised pavilion, pictured to the left
According to Iroje KHM Architects, the unfinished concrete was used to keep costs down
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According to Iroje KHM Architects, the unfinished concrete was used to keep costs down
The Flying House serves as home to a young family
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The Flying House serves as home to a young family
The design of the Flying House is inspired by winged flight
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The design of the Flying House is inspired by winged flight
One of the Flying House's bedrooms
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One of the Flying House's bedrooms
The Flying House's kitchen and dining area
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The Flying House's kitchen and dining area
The Flying House's bathroom includes a concrete bath and a small tree
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The Flying House's bathroom includes a concrete bath and a small tree
View toward the Flying House's pavilion
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View toward the Flying House's pavilion

Despite being prohibitively expensive, the South Korean property market produces more than its fair share of unique houses. This particular example, called the Flying House, serves as home to a young family and features a design inspired by the client's job as a pilot, while also incorporating elements of traditional Korean architecture.

The Flying House (also known as the Pilot's House) has a total floorspace of 194 sq m (2,088 sq ft), spread over three floors, and is located near the city of Incheon's airport. While the overall shape doesn't much resemble an airplane, its sweeping form is meant to invoke winged flight.

The house is constructed from reinforced concrete, mostly left exposed in the interior. Iroje KHM Architects says the concrete was used both to offer a good thermal performance and keep costs down, though we're still awaiting word on the overall budget.

Arranged around a large courtyard garden, the home includes a sunken living room, master bathroom, and a dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. The main bedroom and an additional family room lies upstairs, while both children's rooms are on the uppermost floor.

The Flying House's sunken living room 
The Flying House's sunken living room 

Using so much concrete could make the place look harsh, but the home is enlivened with splashes of color and generous glazing. Little touches like the bathroom's small tree and red vanity unit make it appear more suitable for a family too – though admittedly, the thought of kids running up and down those concrete steps would make us ensure the first aid kit is always within reach.

The courtyard garden is heavily landscaped into a kind of artificial hill and features a traditional Korean-style pavilion. Two sets of steps lead to a rooftop garden area and several cut outs at ground level provide access to the street.

Source: Iroje KHM Architects

2 comments
Douglas Bennett Rogers
I see concrete on the inside and foam on the outside in newer public buildings. This is very energy efficient as well as fire safe. Pretty sure this guy didn't buy this on his pilot's salary!
LarryWolf
That's an entirely unsafe children's sunken play area. One bad fall against that cement ledge and your kid is going to have a heck of a headache or broken skull or worse.