2018 - Competition Entry
In Collaboration with Odeto.A
The Seoul Education Hub is envisioned as a place of congregation, a place where ideas will incubate, and a place of leisure, arts and abundant educational opportunities.
The ground plane of the building – the most public and accessible – is envisioned as a porous sponge, allowing visitors, employees and the community to enter the site from three sides. The three entrances come together at a central atrium - a large, open and naturally daylit space. This atrium will serve as a flex space that will be used as an exhibition hall, a performance space, a public forum and more.
The building is nominally split into three wings – the office, the education hub and the civil service center, each with its own circulation and organization. However, at Level 2, the program blends to create an area of collaboration, and where the resources and amenities of each department can be shared - the restaurants, the convenience store, the fitness center and the Smart Work Zone.
The building has a horizontal archtiectural expression. At the upper levels, the office is composed of half-vault precast concrete bands. These concrete bands are a minimalist interpretation of the overhang canopies found on traditional Korean Hanok houses.
The podium is a monolithic, cast-in-place concrete base. From the outside it has a secure and firm presence, but once inside, the building opens up into an airy and light filled atrium.