Location: Sari-Myeon, South Korea
Program: Community Center, Daycare
Built Area: 380 m²
Client: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Status: Competition Entry
Designed to inspire the young fellows, the Junior Centre takes shape of dreamy tree house; a treehouse that hovers over the large neighbour’s tree. The ‘dreamers’ staircase lead up there after it takes you through an unexpected joyful journey. Having had a breath in fresh air and sunlight the young inspired lands at the pierced door of the real dream land. The book café shaped with light and shade on the top floor and open to a garden, is the destination of the ‘dreamers’ staircase. The roofed roof garden accommodates airy outdoor activities over rainy days.
On the first level, sits the open dining area interconnected to the multipurpose space. The dining experience is extended by floor to ceiling glazing with the playground visible behind. The combined open space provides flexibility for special events organization. The kitchen, also on main floor is accessible through exclusive doors to the back alley for ease of deliveries and drop offs.
All the educational activities happen at the heart, on the second floor. The floor plate extends out for more space in form of a triangular cantilever. All the educational spaces along the southern façade enjoy high, uninterrupted ceiling all the way to the roof. The bright high space compensates for small space within to feel open and airy, joyful to spend time in. The library, internet and after-school practice rooms are lightly partitioned to feel as one large space.
Designed for daily activities, solar exposure is key to the design. Horizontal louvers on the south elevation and roof allow day light throughout the day. They prevent building’s overheating when the sun angle is high in summer, and allow heating when the sun angle is low in winter. The building acts as passive mechanism that does not require artificial lighting and air-conditioning at most times.