Ewha Woman’s University
The complexity of the site, through its relationship to
the greater campus and the city of Shinchon, demanded a "larger
than site" response, an urban response, a global landscaped
solution, weaving together the tissue of the EWHA campus with that
of the city.
A new seam slices through the topography revealing the interior of the EWHA campus center. A void is formed, a campus "valley" where nature, sport grounds, event locations and educational buildings mix, intermingle and
follow one another.
The pastoral nature of the campus, with trees, flowers, and
grass covering the campus center, is perhaps its most remarkable
quality. The notion of weaving together the campus is again
evident, blurring the distinction
between old and new, building and landscape, present and past.
Perrault believes that "concept and matter have to grapple one
another." His designs are often buried, excavated, or nestled
places - like the French National Library in Paris and the
Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool in Berlin. The idea of this
underground university was born out of the desire to preserve a
large green space in the center of the university campus.
The link between the architectural concept and the sustainable strategies adopted - underground building, green garden, landscape fracture - gives a strong identity to the building and enable extraordinary performances in terms of sustainability.
A forum for the exchange of ideas as students gather after class to discuss their views, a piazza, with the cafeteria spilling out, creating a real "place" to stop and relax, an outdoor theater, as the stair can be used as an amphitheater, a sculpture garden, where indoor gallery events can push outwards./ Dominique Perrault
It is this flexibility (conceptual and real) which permits the new EWHA campus center to inevitably weave itself into the landscape - sometimes a building, sometimes a landscape, sometimes a sculpture.
Facts about Ewha Woman’s University
Built area 70,000 m2
Landcaping 31,000 m2
Baum Architects, Seoul
Jeon and Lee Partners
Ewha Campus Center Project T/F
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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