Health-enhancing architectural features of Modern Hanok, experienced in and desired by Korean residents

Yeunsook Lee, Yeakoo Lee, Miseon Jang, Myunghee Jang

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One of the essential functions of the modern residential buildings should be to support health and well-being of occupants in a holistic way. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the health-friendly features of a Modern Hanok (Korean urban traditional house), much valued by residents of these types of homes. In this research, the factors related to ''health and well-being'' were considered as parts of a holistic concept including assessment of physical/physiological, psychological/ emotional and social health dimensions. The health friendly architectural characteristics of Modern Hanok were identified based on literature survey and classified according to the Murtha and Lee's U.B.C Theory of three health dimensions. A questionnaire study involving 300 residents of Modern Hanok and apartment homes was conducted to analyse the various ''health supportabilities'' of Modern Hanok. The similarities and dissimilarities of the two sets of residents were analysed, together with the perceived health-related features. The study has provided a new perspective of the interactive relationship, both systematically and empirically, between objective health-related architectural features and subjective perception of occupants, to inform architects to design homes that would encompass the healthy features of Modern Hanok for modern contemporary healthy living of Korean residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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