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This School operates 28 classes for students with developmental disabilities, even though it was planned 22 classes initially, due to the lack of special school comparing to the number of students. They take courses in elementary, secondary and high school, or also can do to majors in vocational education.
Since each of them has different degrees of developmental disability and physical growths, we wanted to design a school that is comfort and convenient for everyone by accommodating them with the various types of disabilities. It was hoped that schools designed with these intentions would provide diverse and colourful experience to development-impaired students to progress their job skills and grow physical strength before stepping into the society.
Every people can experience physical discomfort anytime and anywhere. Myself, my family, friends and neighbours face inevitably in our lives. We try to think the special school as one of many educational institutions for social needs, rather than to consider it as being special literally. We need to do against the prevalent prejudice that it is special in order to design special need school.
Seojin School is a special but ordinary school.
At the time of the designing new building, it was one of essential parts to consider using vacant Gongjin Elementary School building. There was nothing that could be easily passed on, such as from entering the existing school, its floor level to construction cost and period. Especially in terms of the budget, it was set aside same as a general school, despite special school matters all the necessary things, which means it needed more budget than general one.
Secondly, there were many physical limitations, for instance, need to adjust the height of the new building by understanding the existing building. We planned some parts of hall ceiling in bolt shape and made it void to maximise the openness of public spaces rather than keep this same as old one.
The square-shaped courtyard is surrounded by a school building. This arrangement connects existing and extended new school building through the square-shaped inner circulation. The courtyard is closed from outside to give students a sense of comfort. Book café and objects for seating, drinking fountain and pergola are located in the courtyard. The book café is designed as a place where students, parents and teachers can rest together. Also the objects can be used by all the students even though they have different growth development that we considered all the time; various level of benches and different shape of installations.
Looking at the floor plan, there are wide corridor (around 4.5m) next to the classes that is twice of common schools, and a space called POD between the corridor and courtyard. It takes students at special schools into account to be available wide range of activities; doing events, talking with friends, eyeing the courtyard and so forth. In addition, a parish storage and psychological stability room was designed in the classroom to help to stabilise the mind and body when students take unexpected actions.
Seojin School had been in a lot of social interest. It finally opened in March of 2020 after overcoming many difficulties from design step to construction, even if the opening had been delayed due to the concern of the education office, parents and local residents. It is hoped that Seojin School will serve as a starting point and stimulant to deal with the problems that future schools will face.
PROJECT: Seoul Seojin School
STATUS: Completed in 2019
LOCATION: Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
PROGRAMME: Educational institution
STORIES: 1st basement to 4th ground floor
SITE AREA: 11,184.50m2
BUILDING AREA: 4,276.78m2
TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 15,188.61m2
DESIGN PERIOD: October. 2017 – March. 2018
CONSTRUCTION PERIOD: August. 2018 – December. 2019
CLIENT: Seoul Gangseo Yangcheon District Office of Education
ARCHITECTS IN CHARGE: [CoRe Architects] Zongxoo U, Vin Kim
[CoRe Architects] Hyunsoo Kim, Chiwan Ahn, Dongmin Lee, Jinho Shin
[Graft Object] Yoonhwan Kim
LANDSCAPE: Gram Design
STRUCTURE: Kim & Lee Structural Consultant CONSTRUCTION: Deadeulbo Co, Ltd.
OTHER ENGINEERING: CG Engineering & Consulting Co, Ltd. (CIVIL)
Hana Consulting Engineers Co, Ltd. (ENERGY/ELECTRICITY) PHOTOGRAPHER: Taxu Lee, HAAS STUDIO