Marcel Lam for The New York Times
The home of Simone Carena and Jihye Shin in Seoul, South Korea, looks like a traditional Korean house, or hanok, but it is anything but traditional on the inside. To make the small house feel as spacious as possible — and to bring the outdoors inside — Mr. Carena, an architect, created a U-shaped floor plan that allows the kitchen and living room to look out onto a courtyard, where an apricot tree grows. A window in the courtyard floor, framed with mirrors, lets light into a cellar room.
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