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Moon Hoon's latest project is absolutely quackers

Moon Hoon's latest project is ...
The Wind House cost 350 million KRW (roughly US$309,000) to build and was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
The Wind House cost 350 million KRW (roughly US$309,000) to build and was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
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The three vacation homes are integrated into one low-lying concrete building that sports volcanic rock walls and a clean minimalist interior
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The three vacation homes are integrated into one low-lying concrete building that sports volcanic rock walls and a clean minimalist interior
The Wind House project comprises three low-lying holiday homes located on a 644 sq m (6,931 sq ft) plot in the windswept Jeju Island, South Korea
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The Wind House project comprises three low-lying holiday homes located on a 644 sq m (6,931 sq ft) plot in the windswept Jeju Island, South Korea
The Wind House features large windows and volcanic rock walls
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The Wind House features large windows and volcanic rock walls
Wind House was commissioned by an eye doctor looking for something strange and different
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Wind House was commissioned by an eye doctor looking for something strange and different
Two of the vacation homes are low-lying and echo the traditional local vernacular
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Two of the vacation homes are low-lying and echo the traditional local vernacular
Moon Hoon says its design is based on wind blowing a woman's hair, though concedes it looks rather like a duck, a hairdryer, or perhaps even an alien
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Moon Hoon says its design is based on wind blowing a woman's hair, though concedes it looks rather like a duck, a hairdryer, or perhaps even an alien
The golden structure rises to a height of 8.3 m (27 ft)
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The golden structure rises to a height of 8.3 m (27 ft)
The golden structure is clad in steel plate
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The golden structure is clad in steel plate
Moon Hoon says its design is based on wind blowing a woman's hair, though concedes it looks rather like a duck, a hairdryer, or perhaps even an alien
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Moon Hoon says its design is based on wind blowing a woman's hair, though concedes it looks rather like a duck, a hairdryer, or perhaps even an alien
Wind House was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
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Wind House was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
Spiral stairs offer access up top
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Spiral stairs offer access up top
The interior of the golden pod is red, with 70s-like carpets and funky lighting
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The interior of the golden pod is red, with 70s-like carpets and funky lighting
Volcanic rock was used to blend in with the local architecture
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Volcanic rock was used to blend in with the local architecture
The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom
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The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom
The Wind House project comprises three low-lying holiday homes dominated by a large golden structure
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The Wind House project comprises three low-lying holiday homes dominated by a large golden structure
Close-up shot of the large golden structure
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Close-up shot of the large golden structure
Two of the vacation homes are low-lying and echo the traditional local vernacular
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Two of the vacation homes are low-lying and echo the traditional local vernacular
The Wind House cost 350 million KRW (roughly US$309,000) to build and was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
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The Wind House cost 350 million KRW (roughly US$309,000) to build and was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
Volcanic rock was used to blend in with the local architecture
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Volcanic rock was used to blend in with the local architecture
The low-lying vacation homes, viewed from ground level
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The low-lying vacation homes, viewed from ground level
Exterior shot of the golden structure
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Exterior shot of the golden structure
The Wind House was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
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The Wind House was constructed between July, 2014 to August, 2015
Inside the pod, likened by the architect to a womb
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Inside the pod, likened by the architect to a womb
The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom
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The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom
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Readers may recall South Korean-based Moon Hoon's wacky Star Wars-inspired home, and the firm's latest build is similarly off-the-wall. The Wind House project comprises three vacation homes dominated by a large golden structure that looks, well, rather like a duck's head.

Located on a 644 sq m (6,931 sq ft) plot in the windswept Jeju Island, South Korea, Wind House was commissioned by an eccentric eye doctor who found Moon Hoon while searching on the internet and requested something strange. And the firm certainly delivered.

The vacation homes are integrated into one low-lying concrete building that sports volcanic rock walls and a clean minimalist interior. Indeed, without the huge golden structure up top, the building would probably blend in very well with the surrounding homes.

The golden "head" rises 8.3 m (27 ft) high. Moon Hoon says its design is based on wind blowing a woman's hair, though concedes it looks rather like a duck, a hairdryer, or perhaps even an alien. It is constructed from reinforced concrete and steel, with steel plate cladding that's painted gold.

The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom
The golden structure is home to bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom

Access is gained by a spiral staircase, and the interior, which is likened to a womb by the architects, has the look of a 1970s disco lounge. It contains bench seating and kitchen, a viewing point, and a bedroom (there's also a toilet downstairs).

"Previously I had been commissioned for a wind museum, which turned out sour," says Moon Hoon regarding the origins of the unusual design. "I had liked the idea and shape of it, many times I would make drawings inspired by the wind museum. I felt it was an opportune time to reincarnate and modify the initial idea. I proposed the whole thing to the client. It took some time to digest it, but in the end he was quite happy."

Wind House was constructed between July, 2014 and August, 2015, at a budget of 350 million KRW (roughly US$309,000). The looks on neighbors' faces when it was finished must have been priceless.

Source: Moon Hoon

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2 comments
Don Duncan
Is there a function for the "duck's head"? Is the gold color necessary? Or is this just art, i.e., form without function?
Bob Flint
Maybe he is expecting a nuclear blast and this is front row seat...