A triangular courtyard is contained at the centre of this 3-sided higher school in South Korea by Nameless Architecture .
Nameless Architecture – a Seoul- and New York-based mostly studio led by architect Unchung Na and Sorae Yoo – designed Triangle College for a site in Donong-dong, a locality close to the South Korean city of Namyangju.
The triangular building is bounded by a playground to the north, wooded hillside to the east and an current school developing to the west, which prompted the architect to treat every single facade in a different way.
“The Triangle College implies the distinct traits of its 3 bordering sides,” explained the architects.
“These elements lead to three different elevations – opened, closed, and compromised – which are arranged inside the layout of the triangular developing.”
A grid of deep steel louvres covers the glazed east and north sides – although only the north side attributes an entrance.
The west wall was constructed from concrete to offer a degree of detachment from the adjacent middle-school creating.
A tall triangular window set into the concrete wall spans the height of the 3-storey developing. To 1 side, a little glazed entrance is set beneath a porch supported by a triangular wedge of concrete.
“The facade of the developing with a transparent skin is defined by vertical louvres, an architectural device that maintains an acceptable stability between illumination and privacy,” explained the studio.
Actions lead up from the playing area to a concrete-framed entrance recessed into the north facade.
A library, employees rooms and administration spaces are situated on the ground floor, whilst classrooms are set all around the double-height courtyard on the first and second floors.
The off-centre courtyard is sunk into the upper two storeys of the developing above the library and surrounded by 3 glazed walls.
“The transparent inner triangle that divides the courtyard is placed in diverse angles to the exterior triangle,” stated the architects.
“This discordance produces vertical gaps between floors that connect them into a single space to give an open view from any spot.”
Two terrazzo-covered corridors are flanked by rows of white lockers and cubbyholes that run close to the outskirts of the triangular courtyard.
Doors open from the second-floor corridor into the courtyard, which is open to the sky and has a gravelled surface.
Photography is by Sun Namgoong. Video is by Kyung Roh.
Architect: Nameless Architecture (Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo)
Venture group: Jungtaek Lim, Hyunkook Paek (Jplus), Gyoungwon Ha, Hyunyeol Choi (Domusu), Hyunjin Oh, Jungho Lee, Wanggeon Kim, Dongjin Park, Jaemin Yoon
Consumer: Dongwha High College
Framework: RC Construction
Mechanical and Electrical engineer: Suyang
Development: Dolim Building
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