YEONSU YOUTH CENTER

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
4TH WINNER

​연수구 청소년 수련관 건립 국제설계공모

The space that teenagers need most is a space where they can talk and play freely in a safe place. The Youth Training Center is a space dedicated to teenagers with programs of youth rest, communication, and play to create and share a healthy culture on their own, and based on the nature of this space, the spatial construction of the Yeonsu-gu Youth Training Center follows the following three principles.
1. Creating a space that can become a healthy member of a community society by expanding the contact point with the city.
2. Variable and undefined space for voluntary participation and communication of adolescents.
3. Establishment of communication space in which internal and external spaces are continuous. 

 

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Three-dimensional community architecture

The reason for providing public spaces to adolescents is to cultivate healthy members of society through proper social exchange, and Youth Center need an architectural space that enhances a sense of belonging to cities and villages. However, the site where the Songdo Yeonsu-gu Youth Center will be built has an urban context that is difficult to satisfy the reason, and these conditions naturally reach a three-dimensional community. The vertical community spaces expand the contact space between cities and neighborhood unit, and vertically expand the urban organization that visually integrates the square and the building space.

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Indefinite Space for Self-govering society

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Songdo Yeonsu-gu Youth Center is located in the rear part of the community block of the residential district, making it difficult to have recognition and accessibility on the Central-ro 46m road, the center of neighborhood unit. The plan is purpose to increase accessibility for residents of this neighborhood unit by planning to connect the main entrance through the internal street of the Songdo 5 dong administrative Welfare Center. The public space connected through this internal street is an architectured urban street that mediates the internal and external space, and the program connected to this public space has free activities of users (cafeteria, playground, karoke, music listening room, book cafe, clubroom, etc). The space on the first floor is not a defined space, but a variable space created by the self-directed participation and self-governing space of adolescents.

 

Integration of internal and external space

The role of Youth Center centers as public architecture is to provide physical opportunities to become wholesom members of the community by achieving optimal communication between youth and offering a space that expands contact points with the city. The space on the third floor of the Youth Center creates spaces for various youth leisure and cultural activities through borderless spaces that organically connect the inside and outside. The second floor and the third floor arranged with continuous programs are organically connected through vertical public spaces, and the horizontal public space is visually integrated with the external space. The public space inside and the youth activity space outside are circular paths that connect the entire building, and are independent participation spaces for adolescents.

 

Communication Lounge in Process of Learning

Learning at Youth Center is a process of receiving knowledge, but we think social communication is more important in the process, so the spatial composition of the youth training center is more interested in the process of reaching that function than the distribution of functions. Therefore, the Songdo Youth Center's Lecture Hall not only functions as a large lecture room, but also planned small group discussion spaces of various sizes around the lecture room. In addition, the vertical lounge space connected to the public space, the stepped lecture space, and the maker space were planned as open spaces and at the same time, communication and learning took place.

 

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