In a trend that is sure to persist in this pandemic’s aftermath, one-room hotels may soon sound appealing to the distanced traveler who may favor a detached living space. Korean design outfit Z_Lab reveals its own version of the micro guesthouse — Nuwa, a living space nestled in a narrow alley in Seocheon, in Seoul’s Jongno-gu district.
With just under 30 square meters, the design team made sure that the house leaves a lasting impression on the guest. The studio reimagines the hanuk — a traditional Korean home — and incorporates native residential design into its interior.
Wood and stone adds to the its natural serenity. Cushions set on top of a low timber bench seat offers a cozy place for reading, and a long walnut-wood table with a rough stone base spansz from the bench to a sunken water bath where guests can rest their feet after a long day of walking. The sleeping nook is set right beside a large porthole, with a view of the small outdoor garden.
Junghyun Park, the studio’s principal designer, shares the Korean term wayu as a guiding principle for the living space. Literally translating to ‘laying down and sightseeing, he offers another definition: “Figuratively, it means enjoying paintings or books describing the landscape or historical sites, or appreciating small gardens at home when the time to go out into nature is not possible.”
More projects on the studio’s website.