Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Seoul Global High School, Seoul, Korea

The most important objective of this project was to incorporate the many functions of the school in the small and narrow site, while reflecting the desires of local residents, who wanted to make the school one of the symbolic public buildings of the district in an area of low-lying residential cluster of buildings with poor environmental conditions. Special thought was given to creating pleasant dormitory spaces. There are 124 x 4-person rooms arranged from 2nd to 5th floors, which accommodate 496 students. A three-dimensional pedestrian traffic line system was designed to connect areas and create diverse spaces for rest and walking, such as rest facility (atrium, courtyard, etc.), outside green spaces (sunken garden, yard) and trail. To maximise the use of space and steep gradient at the small site, a three-dimensional outside space was created by constructing the gymnasium and restaurant in the basement, a sunken garden and the top part of the gymnasium as an outdoor garden space. In addition, the indoor environment considers natural lighting and ventilation, and efforts were made to connect outside green spaces with inside spaces. Teaching blocks are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. They are south-facing to maximise sunlight, and arranged to facilitate movement of student from subject-specified to general classrooms.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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