South Korean studio AND designed the Voidwall, a concrete, single-storey residence located in the coastal city of Sokcho.
Description by AND:
This project takes a balcony not as a bonus space but as an essential element that constructs a house. As a void wall, it divides the interior space and makes connections between the rooms.
Each room has its own balcony, and the house is defined by the characters of the balconies. In this house, the minimal element makes the whole.
Balconies are an in-between space that connect the interior and exterior, and although they play an important role in experiencing the interior space, balconies have never received full attention in the discourse of architecture.
In most cases, a balcony either disappears as the interior space expands, or becomes a meaningless universal space that serves miscellaneous functions.