Rural Korea, South Korea | Конкурс Сельская Корея, Южная Корея

Competition, 2015

The project involves the remodelling and extension of two underused buildings in Sari-Myeon, Goesan-Gun village in South Korea to create new public social and cultural centres for the young and old. Underlying the investment is the need to provide new suites of spaces that can be embraced and engage the whole community in a contemporary and flexible manner. The design language and character should not be ‘childish’ or narrow: in other words a pair of ‘sibling’ projects that are engaging and complex.

The massing and form of both buildings plays a simple yet important role in village and act as a fixed spatial points around which the other buildings congregate. Consequently we have sought to reinforce this 'rootedness' with a simple proposal that exhibits subtle modulations in massing and external cladding that rewards close attention by passers-by. The bricolage facades are formed by the smoked patina of handmade Korean pegged tiles to give a rich and colourful texture and rhythm and bricolage quality that changes with aspect and throughout the day and season. The massing also addresses two small external public squares that is slightly raised in level to create a more 'civic datum' with informal grouping of trained and pollarded trees provide the setting for a filigree and open summer pavilions and spaces.

The programme for the young person's centre called for a series of educational and social spaces and these generous and more public rooms are organised to the front of building. An open entrance hall with a projecting double height dining/activity room welcomes visitors and gives hierarchy to the external spaces. This key public facility is complemented by food preparation classrooms and a kitchen which give onto this space and allow evening and other events to be accommodated. The first floor holds the education activities clustered around an open library and study space with a complex and flexible furniture 'character' that acts as a host for children of all ages. Above a large and well-lit hall and terrace accommodate an airy book café that can also be used for events and classes.

The senior centre is organised around a hospitable top lit 'village hall' with clerestory glazing the delicately patterned curtains that modulate the internal. At each end of the building more intimate spaces are provided, to the front a small entrance foyer with office and broadcasting suite above and to the more introspective eastern end a small lounge focussed on a private ornamental garden. Large bi-folding doors allow the village hall and community kitchen to become available to support external activities.

A table that informally supports many activities

Senior centre ground floor plan

Street elevation the young person's centre

View of the book cafe in the young persons centre

Many activities sharing one building

Study for the handmade peg tile facade

Ground floor plan for the young person's centre

A library for all types of young people

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