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haesimdang Senior Social Housing in Seoul, Korea

haesimdang Senior Social Housing in Seoul, Korea

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haesimdang, a community housing for the elderly that offers ample communal spaces and is suitable for seniors


Located in the heart of Dobong-gu seoulSenior citizen, haesimdang. Housing for the socially disadvantaged pilot model that responds to an aging society in the region. korean firms geeumplus and gain architecture collaborated on the project – realizing a welcoming facility with colorful façades and a rich Roof garden design. haesimdang, which translates to ‘a house where we can live comfortably’, combines residential convenience facilities with healthcare services that cater to both the elderly and those with reduced mobility. 

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The disabled are accommodated on the first floor, while older women and men can be found on the second and third levels. Finally, the fourth floor welcomes elderly couples. Geeumplus (see works) is available to all residents. Here) and gain architecture designed a local community space on the first floor, adjacent to the roadside, that provides a place of rest and leisure. Each floor has its own space and has access to an eco-garden that is open to all. 

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Different colors are used to mark floors



A biophilic design that responds in kind to the climate crisis


The haesimdang, a social housing building, is clad using a brick finish to match the surrounding landscape. additionally, the two middle floors feature a specific color accent — green and yellow — that emphasize the biophilic qualities of the architecture.

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Here, the biophilic layer is revealed through the rooftop garden that was designed for permaculture. This garden allows for interaction between different species and plants. Although it is small (200 sqm), this rooftop can be used as an eco-garden. Residents can gather there to enjoy a barbecue or take part in agricultural activities. meanwhile, the common spaces on each floor feature a green wall — creating a pleasant and natural atmosphere.


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