Hanok, the traditional Korean style of housing for over a hundred years, is a splendid work of architecture. According to the locals, its charming structure and design are carefully planned and intuitively guided by nature and science. Every material used in building this iconic structure is from nature. Stone, earth, paper, wood, and oil make up the hanok – all directly from natural, indigenous sources. Its trademark heated rock system called the “ondol” is a scientific breakthrough; not only does it combat the biting cold during wintertime, it also treats illnesses.
Fast forward to 2016, the people of South Korea are not the only ones making major makeovers, hanoks are also getting modern updates. As shown by Seoul-based interior designer, Jung wook Han, the key to seamlessly merging housing traditions and modern aesthetics is by marrying natural light and soft colour palettes. The result is minimalist chic, without compromising comfort and functionality.