Sejong Science High School, Seoul, Korea
Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, dormitory facilities, outdoor spaces, science laboratories, sporting facilitiesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The school is built on an existing park, so an important part of the school concept was to create a Green Network - or green belt – that flowed around the school, regenerating the previous park and linking it with the remaining park. Students use this the area to stroll around, an observatory and a place for socialising, while local residents use it as a walking path. In general, there are many connections between indoor and outdoor spaces at the school. Special attention was given to the design of the dormitory, Science Senter and gymnasium. Dormitory buildings are arranged in unique radial shape with Eco Plaza in the centre. The roofs give a rhythmical pattern to the arrangement, which were designed to have a home-like quality. The Science Center, which contains the most advanced technology, has a cylindrical shape, with aluminum and curtain-wall external finishing. The gymnasium has been designed as an oblique mass to reflect the dynamism of physical activities. It is divided by function then connected in an organic way.
Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
The school principal, Chief of Administration Office and teachers participated in early meetings with designers and education officers to discuss how the design of the school could best serve the school population’s needs – and throughout the construction process.
Activity Areas: classroom, dormitory, dining room, advanced science facilities, cafeteria, gymnasium, library
Project costs: KRW 33,785,000,000.00
Source: Submitted to OECD for "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" in 2010