Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    216 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2020


  • Photographs

  • Main architects:

    Park Jihyeon, Cho Seonghak, Woo Seungjin

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
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Text description provided by the architects. A pentagon – The plan of the house is a pentagon. A pentagon is the first polygonal figure to make all corners obtuse. From a traditional point of view, the absence of right angles in any corner of the house will ultimately lead to the assumption that there is “a lot of wasted space”. However, the reason we came up with the obtuse corners in the tiny house is probably the look of its gently open ends. I think it’s a practical way to replace a detached house that is always in contact with the ground, like a tard, with a continuous grounded experience. In addition, the owners wanted to use the outdoor space for various subdivided purposes (so not a single integrated courtyard). As such, the house was fashioned into a pentagon shape to divide the yard.

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Interior Photography, Dining Room, Table, Chair, Windows
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Plan – 1st floor
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Plan – 2nd floor
Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Interior Photography, Table, Windows, Chair, Beam
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Cats and people – In the Cat-tagonal house, two cats, named Mango and Tango, and two people live together. From the start of the design, the best possible conditions in which cats and humans can live together was a key topic for architects and owners. We had designed houses for cats several times before, and we learned from these experiences that it was impossible to specify the behavior of each cat from a singular or universal point of view. However, I tend to listen seriously to the story of “cat servants” who understand cats well through a long-standing relationship, and this process has also been applied in the Cat-tagonal house.

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Interior photography, Stairs, Chair
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Plan – 3rd floor

Given the differences in individual characteristics, if there is one minimum requirement necessary for a cat to live with a human, it seems to be to create a dedicated toilet for your cat and a walk-in closet with limited cat access to block fur Of the cat.

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Exterior Photography, Facade
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We’ve made a few solutions that allow cats to face the yard safely by placing a window at the eve of Mango and Tango, and a wooden sash window behind a large window that leads to the yard. But the unexpected behaviors that cats sometimes show have also taught us that cats never behave the way we think they do. In the end, we reconfirmed that a good place for humans to live is also good for cats.

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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Round Stairs – Each floor is connected evenly around the pentagon, and the stairs connecting the corners of the obtuse angle are continuous with a curved wall that gently joins these points. Since the end of the curved staircase is not clearly visible at the beginning, the intensity of the natural light streaming down the stairs, gently caressing the wall, is different every moment depending on the location of the sun. The most elegant moments in the house would be when you could feel the soft texture of the walls colored by the light coming down the stairs.

Cat-tagonal House / BUS Architecture - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Roh Kyung

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