Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Directed by Lee Junghee  X  Kim Nine  X  Rel Yoon






100 Architects of the year 2017

Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Culture Station Seoul 284
Directed by Lee Junghee  X  Kim Nine  X  Rel Yoon






Apple Farm House Project

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Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Photographed by Shin Kyungsub






Boombox House Project

Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Jinju, South Korea
Programme: multi-family house
Site area: 270.90㎡
Building area: 155.83㎡
Gross floor area: 255.58㎡
Structure: RC
Structural engineer: SDM
Mechanical engineeer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Photographed by Shin Kyungsub










In Korea, in the late ’70s and early’ 80s, boombox was a familiar sounding device that played radio and cassette tapes. When my school went on a picnic, some students brought a boombox, and we all shared loud music coming out of its speaker with classmates. Boombox reminds me of memories of cassette tapes with loose film in it and stimulates nostalgia at that time. They consumed popular culture in the midst of a rapid economic development in their teenage years, and received the same level of education as their contemporaries from other advanced countries. Now they became the main generation of the society that have family and raise children. Boombox House is a rental house project that targets this specific generation.
The location is a detached residential area of Chungmugong-dong, Jinju City. Chungmugong-dong is an innovative city newly created by the relocation of LH (Korea Land and Housing Corporation). In this area, which is actively equipped with urban infrastructures until now, apartment houses rapidly came in first, and single houses are also coming in one by one. The site is a typical single residence in any planned city, but it is located at the corner of the road, so it has a fan shape, not a rectangular shape. So, we started to use this original differentiation of the land as a design element to emphasize its form.
It is a rental house that presupposes popularity and universality, but it is necessary to have the speciality that is appropriate for the target which shares the sensitivity of a certain generation. Attempts to escape the familiarity of the original without a great deviation were also an interesting task given to the architect. The planned duplex house was an inevitable choice to increase the profitability of the building owner while at the same time being a safeguard to ease the awkwardness of a detached house to a generation familiar with the apartment. And, A and B houses were designed not in a simple symmetry but in different ways, so that residents could choose a space that suits their individuality and preference.
‘A’ house has a courtyard and a living room on the first floor. The interior wall of the living room has a look with exterior brick finish extended to the room. It is different from the general method of stacking bricks by stacking bricks every other layer with twist looking, omitting vertical construction joints. Opening the living room window leads to the courtyard where there is a open area in which indoor is extended to outdoor. This place was occupied by a couple in their mid-30s with a 4-year-old child. House B has a living room with exposed concrete walls on the second floor, and a staircase that goes up to the third floor extends to the rooftop courtyard. In the private roof-top yard, various activities are available to suit the resident’s preferences. This place was also occupied by a late 30s couple with two children aged 7 and 5 years old. A house has a ground floor facing the ground, and house B has a rooftop garden facing the sky. I imagine, someday, the two neighbors will be sharing their own yards each other. This part of the design was intentionally planned, so it is an ideal figure that can be fully predicted.
Boombox House is located in a new city that has not been completely filled and waiting to be connected and communicate with neighbors. The main mass of the building with the highlighted front round gives the effect that it looks bigger than the actual scale. To give lightness to this appearance, we twisted the mass that opens up and down and brought it out. Although bricks are used as exterior materials, there is no monotony in the conventional way, and it is in a hetero typical form, but it is not showy. I hope that the boom box house where comfort and color difference are confronted will be a new but familiar house in the innovative city of Jinju.






Apple Farm House_Concrete & Lighting
Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Pohang, South Korea
Programme: house
Site area: 586.00㎡
Building area: 123.23㎡
Gross floor area: 123.23㎡
Structure: RC
Structural engineer: SDM
Mechanical engineeer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Photographed by Shin Kyungsub


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Apple Farm_03Apple Farm_04Apple Farm_05Apple Farm_06Apple Farm_09Apple Farm_10Apple Farm_11Apple Farm_14Apple Farm_15If you drive a car to the north along the East Sea Road from Pohang Station, you will see the high mountains on your left and the East Sea on your right. Jukjang-myeon, Buk-gu of the city of Pohang, where Apple Farm House is located, is situated at a high altitude and there is Gyeongsangbuk-do arboretum in which the sky and mountains are said to meet. This is a high altitude clean area where soil and climatic conditions are suitable for apple production and apple cultivation is very active in here.
The building owner is a couple who is three years away from their retirement and plans to grow apples after their retirement here in their hometown. They have already planted apple trees on weekends for 4 years ago, built cold warehouses, and finally made their first harvest last year. In the meantime, they lived in a temporary container on weekends, but as young grandchildren living in the city came to visit frequently, they put forward the plan of building house that was planned two years later.
I cannot forget the scenery when I first visited the land after passing a mountain along the winding road. The ground which was located a little higher than the surrounding roads was covered with mountains behind and beautiful scenery was spread out in front. The house could naturally be facing the South and the natural scenery was beautiful, so I felt lighter on my feet on my way back to Seoul than when going there.
A small house facing the South with an area of 100㎡ with two rooms, a living room and a kitchen were all that the client requested. And they wanted to have a small space to work outside the house. Work areas are often located on the back of the house. However, since the surrounding scenery is so beautiful, I arranged it in the front so that they could work looking at the beautiful scenery. And instead of simply providing a small space on the remaining land, I planned it as an active space, an extension of the building, and highlighted it as the identity of this small house.
The external work space which can serve as the extension of the main entrance and center point is planned to be a canopy structure with a long roof stretching, which prevents rain and forms a shadow. The roof is up in the air without pillars or walls in the front, which gives a panoramic view without any visual obstacles. In addition, you can see the apple farm on the other side of the site on which the owner worked hard for a long time. Also, by slightly turning the direction of the canopy according to the shape of the earth, it gives a rhythmic feel to the straight line, and also brings about structural stability. It is a transition space for entering and leaving the house and it is also used as a playground where the grandchildren can run around enjoying the breeze and can play in water in the summer.
The outer finish which uses the pine-wood exposed concrete and the wooden vertical louver mixes naturally with the village of the mountain. When it comes to interior space, rooms are all arranged to the south according to the earth that stretches to the East and the West. Then, the space was divided by sliding pocket doors between the public area of ​​the living room and the kitchen and the private area of the bedroom. There is a large window on the front of the living room, and a wooden deck is laid on it, so that the living room – the outside deck – the inside and outside of the front yard can be freely accessed. The living room ceiling is installed with spruce wood louver finish and the front wall is installed with birch plywood to make it a cozy space. The corridor wall facing the bedroom has exposed concrete finish, which contrasts with the feeling of the living room. It is part of the southern province, but surrounded by high mountains and colder than other areas on the same latitude, so we used thicker insulation than legal standards to allow for warmer winters and cooler summers. Because it was a housing project located far away from the downtown, there were many difficulties in the construction process, but it was able to be completed well with the understanding of the owner and the efforts of the builder.
In the Korean society, a generation born in the late 50s and early 60s became a retirement age from their works. I know it is a generation that worked hard when they were young and now I want to cheer them who are entering the second chapter of their lives.






Geoje House Project
Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Geoje, South Korea
Programme: house
Site area: 995.0㎡
Building area: 265.93㎡
Gross floor area: 242.35㎡
Structure: RC
Structural engineer: SDM
Mechanical engineeer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Photographed by Shin Kyungsub












The land available for the new building is located in the foothills of the Mt. Dongmang in a small village called Gabaeri in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do. This place is quiet and its scenery is really beautiful and, moreover, possesses a charm of its own since it has a sea view. The building owners are a couple who currently live in Tongyeong but operate a fish farm here. They were planning to build a house to live with elderly mother and their daughter and met an architect on the recommendation of their daughter to start to build a little special house.
When I first visited the site, the construction has been preceded by a local civil engineering contractor while piling up boulder stone randomly and dividing the land as well. It leaves much to be desired since the land was formed uniformly and it ignores the flow of landform and difference of elevation, too. As the land is ripe with potential in the relationship with nature, so I decided to take advantage of it.
For the client, the sea means home, ground for living and life. So above all, the greatest focus was set on their relationship with the sea. ‘Younghaeawon(迎海雅院)’ which represent a house greeting sea was made into structure open to the sea in order to be a shelter to keep in tune with the sea. As a one-storied house, reed field in the rear of house and Mt. Dongmang beyon were used as a background.
Since the satisfaction of users is most important in a house where people live every day, they So I focused on organizing space composition which is satiable for their lifestyle. In addition, I also considered new proposal that can enrich the spatial experience. By placing a entrance between a living room and a kitchen, I made the transition area. And by installing a large door pockets, and so it can be used as a living room as a large room. In the middle of the corridor, I proposed a family room as a buffer space of the indoor and outdoor. As limestone is used as a finishing material of the outer wall toward the inner wall, it was differentiated from the living room.
In the case of exposed concrete, it is far unused material in this fishing village. However, I used combination of familiar materials e.g. stone and wood in order to look familiar. It requires much efforts for me to pay attention in detail to express each property of matter. Through many discussions and cooperation with contractors, it was realized one by one gradually.
Recently, a variety of construction-related information can be obtained easily. Thus, there’s an increase demand for a house: house in which resident can enjoy modern edge and new experience, and residential house suitable for individuality of resident and stable and clean house. In addition, client’s level has increased to distinguish a fine house. Although ‘Younghaeawon(迎海雅院)’ is a house located in a small fishing village, it proves that the house made with new material and format that architect tried with the full understanding and support of building owner and also, it looks very beautiful and goes well with nature. Moreover, it increase the satisfaction of users in order that they can feel that fine building makes their life happier.






Daebong-dong Commercial Project

Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Daegu, South Korea
Programme: commercial
Site area: 248.6㎡
Building area: 137.49㎡
Gross floor area: 209.87㎡
Structure: RC
Structural engineer: SDM
Mechanical engineeer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: Hana Consulting Engineers
Photographed by Shin Kyungsub
















The site where the project was carried out is Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu City which is located on the side road of the old section of the city. In 2010, as the singer Kim Gwangseok’s streets were built around, it became a popular neighborhood where many young people visited on the weekends. A new cafe street is being formed as the cafes voluntarily enter around the Daebong-dong community service center. This trend resembles when, in the mid 2000’s, street atmosphere changed as cafes started entering in Hapjeong-dong and Sangsu-dong while business area in Hongdae expanded with cafes such as one that was turned into from old building and one that entered into the 1st floor of a new building.
The legal floor area ratio is 220%. They could build a building up to 550㎡ on a 4-story scale. However, They wanted a building with a floor area of about 200㎡, which is a little different from other building owners, and said that the owner whose purpose is not to pursue rental profit plan to run bakery and cafe directly. So, we designed a building that does not stand out too much compared to the neighboring buildings, but has its distinct features and can be combined with the neighborhood atmosphere with 1/3 of the legal maximum possible size.
Usually a franchise company would have a large floor area, but in a neighborhood that has its own distinct characteristics, we thought that was not the case. So we tried to divide a large floor space into several small spaces. For this purpose, we set the basic direction as a skip floor, and it is a two-story building, but it actually became a space of four floors up to the outside deck on the roof. On the same floor, exposed concrete wall was exposed in the middle and divided it into two parts again. The floor and ceiling finish produces contrasting effects. The floor of the first floor was constructed with a herringbone pattern and the concrete slab and beam are exposed for ceiling finish. We polished the concrete slab on the 2nd floor finishing to make the concrete feel its own texture, and the ceiling was finished with a wood loose louver to contrast it. In addition, by installing a skylight, natural light is allowed to enter the room during the daytime.
There are many unique cities in Korea, which are comparable with other famous cities in the world. There are also many historical towns. Over the last few decades, the cities have experienced rapid development and change. As a young architect, I think that there are many roles to bring vitality to each alley in the neighborhood. Rather than just designing a building to maximize lease revenue with the logic of capital simply in the understanding and support of the owner, I designed and supervised in hopes of making a place to be loved by many people who are visiting Daebong-dong.






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Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Programme: public service area, library
Gross floor area: 215㎡
<Clean and bright community service center>  Muk1-dong Community service center was 30-year old building that had become deterorated. The low ceiling, dark lighting and turbid color coordination of finishing materials made it difficult task to turn it around to a clean and bright community service center. The L shaped public service desk was turned into a linear shaped desk to better use the space to expand waiting area. The dong chief’s office was moved to the second floor to create extra work spaces for public service and new staffs. Interior finishing such as the white wall and ceiling, brick tile and birch plywood, manufactured furniture with oak brushed wood made the interior much brighter and lighter. The community library on the second floor had a big bookcase right in the center of the room so the space usage was very limited. The bookcase was changed into a sliding bookcase so the space in the middle can be used more efficiently and the inside of the library was designed to accommodate the visitors to take their shoes off and enjoy a book while relaxing on the floor.






 Dunchon 2-dong Community Service Center_Metamorphosis 01


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Programme: public service area
Gross floor area: 167㎡
<Space in the space>  A low ceiling and ceiling finishing materials including asbestos, dim lighting, and the dark colored finishing material made the space more tight and congested. Also, there were wasted areas because of inefficient space use. By removing the existing finishing material of the ceiling, a higher ceiling was obtained and the tight space looked opend up by designing walls in bright wood with areas colored white. The ceiling was supposed to be designed as an aluminum vertical louver at first, but it was finished as an exposed ceiling because of construction site condition and cost. Well-organized small spaces replaced the wasted area. In light ofj the concept, “space in the space”, 100 years of healthy life counseling center, a welfare consultation room, and a rest area for workers created. They looked like one independent space. The current staff were asked to cooperate to create space for more people. Thanks to the dong chief’s mediation and cooperative residents, the project was accomplished.






Seoul Banghak Forest Village Competiton(3rd Prize)


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Programme: public facility
Site area: 174.80㎡
Building area: 91.20㎡
Gross floor area: 266.80㎡
Structure: RC
The project is planned under the objective of “building a new local community facility to provide a common place for locals with an aim to cultivate a sense of community and vitalize the local community”. Named as Green Forest, the proposed building is a community hall for the people to breath with nature and socialize with each other. It’s a nest for an urban forest village which has smoothly flowing, free spaces and embraces nature and people.
The building arrangement plan efficiently uses the shape and orientation of site and makes harmony with neighboring buildings. While reflecting the requirements of given programs, the context and characteristics of the surroundings are analyzed to propose an optimized mass design. To have a maximum floor height without interfering the northward architectural slant line for daylight, a level difference is given between floors, and solar panels are installed on roof of south staircase.
The 1st floor is interconnected with an open outdoor deck on a roadside, an the 2nd and 3rd floors are linked with outdoor terraces defined by a double-skin facade. The rooftop floor is designed to have a flat roof which can be used as a courtyard.
To show a sense of consistency, not displacement, with neighboring brick buildings, clay brick and the corbel masonry system are selected as a main exterior cladding. For the double-skin facade, a green-toned aluminum louver system is installed to bring in sunlight efficiently. And as a finish for the 1st floor, the STO outside insulation system applied.






Daeyami Project


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Gunpo, South Korea






J Youth Culture Center Competiton(3rd Prize)








Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea






Seosomun-bakk Historic Site Competition








Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)
Location: Seoul, South Korea






Dok-do volunteer army memorial Competition(2nd Prize)


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee) X TAG
Location: Dok-do, South Korea






Dosinongbu Yong-in townhouse


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee) X TAG
Location: Yong-in, South Korea






Dosinongbu Ga-pyoung townhouse


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee) X TAG
Location: Ga-pyoung, South Korea






 Hwasun resort Competition collaborate with ADD & DMP(1st Prize)


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee) X ADD X DMP
Location: Hwasun, South Korea






Hanam-Misa 2 Middleschool Copetiton(Final 7 teams) 


Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee) X TAG
Location: Hanam, South Korea






Furniture 01_dining table & livingroom table





 Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)






Furniture 02_tea table


 Architect: 2m2 architects(Lee Junghee)