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Change in Korea Traditional Wood Frame Construction (Han-ok)

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

August 30, 2018

Junggoo Cho, President of GUGA Urban Architecture, who won the Excellence Prize at the Korean Architecture Award in 2017, is an architect who loves Korean traditional wood frame construction (Han-ok). In particular, he won many prizes at the Korea Wood Design Awards sponsored by Canada Wood.
The award-winning piece, ‘Tosan-ri Guest House’, is a masterpiece that expressed Han-ok in a modern that combines heavy and light timber construction. Constructed in Tosan-ri, Jeju, the place blessed with a beautiful view of nature, it made the best use of Han-ok is a harmonious structure because it blends in well with its surroundings. The use of light wood frame is a new and promising direction for the  Han-ok market.