Reviving the Void: a Family of Strangers
Graduate School of Design Harvard University
Seoul, South Korea   2012  

The thesis project proposes a new prototype of 1-person household housing in the mega-city of Seoul. Because of the increasing number of 1-person households in the city, the existing housing types do not support the new individual living styles. The research looks at the transformation of housing typologies through modern Korean history, and how the shared/public space in the family has been dismantled in the individual’s living units. The new prototype uses the traditional sliding door and sitting floor as a medium to negate this boundary by opening and creating a shared/public space with the neighboring strangers, who become the local family in the mega-city.