By: Soomin KimTransforming historic architecture into contemporary residences has become increasingly popular in Korea in recent years. Hanok is becoming alternative residential housing away from urban centralization because of the nostalgic movement among Korean designers has increased interest toward this traditional architecture. Renovating Korean traditional homes concentrates on preserving historic exterior design and modernizing interior design. Adapting modern interior designs and facilities into Hanok cast away the misconception that utilizing a Hanok as a residential place would be inconvenient for residents.
A Hanok is a Korean traditional house which shares similar characteristics with other Oriental architectures especially those of China and Japan. Hanok has a unique heating system called Ondol, and is usually constructed in a shape of Korean alphabet ㄷ. Ondol is a floor-based heating system which is connected to kitchen fire. The alphabet shape of the architectural construction allows beautiful space for front courtyard. Moreover, this shape opens closed residential space to adequate ventilation and exposure to sunlight.
Remodeled Hanok is now known as a successful example of uniting modern interior facilities and antique architecture. While centralization of population in urban areas due to high-rise apartment buildings has become a social issue in Korea, modern Hanok provide alternative housing options.
SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.
Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.
Soomin Kimis a multidisciplinary designer who studied theater art, scenic design and animation at University of Southern California (USC). Experienced in graphic design, stage design, animation and fine art, she explores many facets of design practice. She loves musicals and Impressionist artworks. In her leisure time, she draws illustrations for children’s books and paints her own artworks.