A Kitchen Counter Material Is the Secret Behind This Home’s Crisp All-White Exterior

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By Allegra Preuss
A boldly minimalist house rises in South Korea.

Inspired by Robert Ryman’s minimalist paintings and the snowy peaks of nearby Mount Seorak, Woojin Lim of Paris-based studio AEV Architectures set out to design a house in Sokcho, South Korea, that would be "audaciously" and "unalterably" white. 

A Kitchen Counter Material Is the Secret Behind This Home’s Crisp All-White Exterior - Photo 1 of 2 - Clad in a white Hi-Macs acrylic surface, a house belonging to two painters in Sokcho, South Korea, is intended as a blank canvas that captures light and shadow. 

Clad in a white Hi-Macs acrylic surface, a house belonging to two painters in Sokcho, South Korea, is intended as a blank canvas that captures light and shadow. 

The secret behind the home’s uniformly monochromatic exterior is LG Hausys’s solid surface creation, Hi-Macs. Similar to DuPont’s Corian, the material is easily shaped with heat and can be mounted flush without visible joints. It’s also highly weather-resistant. But because Hi-Macs is traditionally reserved for kitchens, local artisans weren’t accustomed to working with it outdoors. To oversee the delicate process, Lim, who is originally from South Korea, returned home for the first time in 20 years.

A Kitchen Counter Material Is the Secret Behind This Home’s Crisp All-White Exterior - Photo 2 of 2 - By removing horizontal junctures between the facade and the roof,  architect  Woojin Lim eliminated spaces where dirt and rainwater could settle.

By removing horizontal junctures between the facade and the roof, architect Woojin Lim eliminated spaces where dirt and rainwater could settle.

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