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In South Korea, a ‘Flying House’ made for a pilot and his family

When a person who spends most of his time up in the air decides to build a house, what would it look like? In Incheon in South Korea, we got a pretty good idea.

IROJE KHM Architects has designed a home for a pilot and his family near the Incheon International Airport.

The minimalist and futuristic abode, called the ‘Flying House’, was made with the concepts of flight and movement in mind. To do this, the architects put in plenty of open areas to move around, as well as included lots of natural light sources to add space to the gray interiors.

The yard

They even designed the garden to wrap around the house’s perimeter and up to the roof, allowing the family to ‘move’ and ‘fly’ in and above their dwelling.

The garden

According to Archdaily, the pilot had a tight budget, so it’s even more impressive with what the architects came up with!

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Hyoman Kim of IROJE KHM Architects to know more about the ‘Flying House’.

The Flying House

What was the client’s brief?

“The most important requirements were to design ‘the house identity of the owner and Korea’, to draw a dramatic and interesting sequence of indoor and outdoor spaces, consider their lifestyle of sitting on the floor of the living room, to introduce various spaces in a low-cost house, and introduce green spaces.”


How did you achieve the client’s brief, given that he had a tight budget?

“We designed all the structural skin to become the interior skin at the same time. Dry-vit, which is a kind of cheap price-plaster, is the main material of the exterior. The main structure is concrete Rahmen structure, while exposed concrete block is the main material for the interior and the exposed concrete floor. Vinyl paint are the major finishing materials of the interior space.”


We read that the house was inspired by the concept of movement and flight. How did you manage to turn ideas like ‘movement’ and ‘flight’ into a structure?

“We thought factors like nature, sky, and ground, are the important environments in a pilot’s life. So to live in contact with ground, we designed an unusual-style living room of sitting on the floor (or Ondol) and an enclosed courtyard of lawn (or Madang).

“On the other hand, to keep in contact with the sky, we turned all the surface of the roof into a walk-up-roof garden. And to create contact between the sky and the ground, we introduced a floating pavilion, Ru-maru.”

The garden

We also read that the house has elements of Korean architecture. Could you tell us more about it?

Ondol, Madang, Ru-maru are derived from the traditional architecture of Korea and are modernized by us. Concerning the dynamic shape of this house, we expressed the symbolic image of ‘floating’ and ‘flying’ by introducing a concaved curve – which was also inspired by a traditional Korean roof.

The canopy

To find out more about IROJE KHM Architects and their projects, head on over here.


The living room

The Kitchen

The bedroom

The bathroom

The Flying House