This week the Times' "On Location" section features a pretty killer Seoul domicile. It looks like a traditional Korean house (hanok) on the outside, but the inside's a different story, having been designed by the Italian architect who lives there.
Check out the open-to-the-elements courtyard, the one throwback to old-school Korean houses. The sunken seating area in the living room tidily absolves the space-tight room from needing a couch, and we like the idea that you can sit facing any of the four directions, meaning you can read wherever the daylight or artificial light is strongest at that moment.
And we especially dig how the kitchen, described as "the engine of the house," was designed to have a view into nearly every other room.
Check out the full slideshow here.