PRAUD’s Leaning House

This Tilted Home Sitting on a Glass Box Goes Beyond the Rules of Modernism

‘The idea to build a leaning house was more of a logical process than a creative one,’ Architect Dongwoo Yim tells us. After playing around with a small box, the team at PRAUD architects saw that if they tilted it slightly, they would have a more fluid space to play with inside, as well as the added benefit of an extra, and unusual space underneath the box.

The contemporary building juxtaposes a cold metallic exterior, with a warm and bright, wooden interior. ‘I try to stick to the architectural language that we, at PRAUD, are pursuing, called “Topology & Typology,’ Dongwoo explains to us at The Plus. The house is a result of a design process, which aims to develop the discourse of contemporary architectural language.

Dongwoo gave us the low-down on architecture in Korea:

The Plus: How do you see the state of architecture in Korea at the moment?
Dongwoo Yim:
Its very dynamic. There are increasing numbers of individual clients who want to design their own houses, galleries and so on. There are less of the government projects these days, which boosted the market in the 90s and early 2000s.

TP: Where do you see it heading in the future?
More individual client means more diversity in architecture. In the near future, we will see the strength of the diversity

TP: What one place would suggest people go to witness truly amazing architecture?
In Korea I recommend Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, S.Korea. It is an old shrine from the previous dynasty and a world heritage built in the 14th century. It is located in one of the busiest spot of Seoul, but when you go into the shrine, you see nothing but the shrine and you hear nothing but the shrine. You see the strength of horizontality of a piece of architecture in a vertical city.