The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Nov. 1 said "Illuwayu, Lying Down on and Playing in the Finest Balcony" located in Seoul's Eunpyeong Hanok Village won the grand prize in the completed construction category in this year's National Hanok Competition.
"Illuwayu" is designed so that the door can be separated from the wooden-floor central hall, and the yard can be used to expand the hall. The space is mostly used as a hall and be used as a yard for events such as community cultural activities.
The ministry said the building reflects the fundamental value of a Hanok yard's utility for multiple purposes.
"Hanok Meets Modern Living," the grand prize winner in the planning category, proposed a design plan for multiplex Hanok housing, and showed the potential for the practical combination of modern architecture and Hanok.
"Contemporary Architecture Meets Hanok" won the grand prize in the photo category, and "Old Home Meets New Home" topped the video category.
The competition received 668 entries in the four aforementioned categories (completed construction, planning, photo and video), 51 of which were selected as finalists.
The ministry launched the contest in 2011 to continuously shine a light on the value of traditional Korean architecture and boost public interest in Hanok.
By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae