Inspired by traditional Korean houses, Architect Yong Ju Lee has won first prize at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition with his wooden “Vernacular Versatility” tower design.

Ju Lee applied a traditional ‘Hanok’ exposed wooden structural system, generally used for one-storey residences to his complex high-rise design.

The structural technique eliminates the need for nails and additional parts thanks to wooden connections called Gagu, which are used below the main rod system where the column meets the beam and girder.

The concept also features a curved edge roof that can be adjusted to control the amount of sunlight entering the building.

The vernacular design was developed using contemporary software which adapts traditional building techniques for modern purposes. 

Courtesy Inhabitat and eVolo