The Low-roofed House Reflecting the Dreams of Citizen Roh Moo-hyun
This space is where President Roh Moo-hyun resided until he passed away in 2009 after his retirement on February 25, 2008. President Roh was the first president of the Republic of Korea who returned to his hometown after retirement and by doing so, he personally practiced the promotion of nationwide balanced development, which was one of the administrative philosophies of his government, also known as the ‘Participatory Government’.
In this house, President Roh Moo-hyun sought out a new life as an ordinary citizen by striving to realize the dream of creating a beautiful and affluent farming village with an ecosystem that would be full of life in harmony with the healthy and livable community, while at the same time, pursuing his research on the workings of a progressive democracy.
This single-storey house with a basement was designed by the late Chung Guyon, who was a leading architect renowned for ecological architecture, and was built out of natural materials such as earth and wood.
It is also referred to as the ‘Low-roofed House’ for its characteristically low and flat roof that forms a continual line naturally extending from the lay and curves of the surrounding mountains. It is characterized by its partitioned spaces of the Anchae, Sarangchae and a study, which all reflect a style borrowed from traditional Korean houses called “chae-dividing”.
By adopting such a style it may seem slightly less comfortable for living, but in fact, it was the result of meeting both the architect’s intention to allow the residents to face nature as often as possible, and the owner’s intention to build a structure which could be used in a variety of ways in order for it to be returned to the citizens someday.