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Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture

  • 01:00 - 19 April, 2012
Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture
Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture, © André Morin
© André Morin

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Partners

    Baum Architects, Seoul
  • Consultant

    Jeon and Lee Partners, Seoul (Structural Engineer), HIMEC, Seoul (Mechanical Engineer), CG E&C, Seoul (Civil Engineer), CnK Associates, Seoul (Landscape)
  • Area

    70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Engineering: Perrault Projets, Paris (Architectural Engineers); VP&Green Ingenerie, Paris (Structural Engineers); HL-PP Consult, Munich (Building Services); Jean-Paul Lamoureux, Paris (Acoustic), Rache-Willms, Aix-la-Chapelle (Facades)

© André Morin
© André Morin

The complexity of the immediate site through its relationship to the greater campus and the city of Shinchon to the south demands a “larger than site” response, an urban response, a global landscaped solution which weaves together the tissue of the EWHA campus with that of the city. This gesture, the “campus valley”, in combination with the “sports strip”, creates a new topography which impacts the surrounding landscape in a number of ways.

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© André Morin

The Sports Strip, like the Valley, is many things at once. It is a new gateway to the Ewha campus, a place for daily sports activities, a grounds for the special yearly festivals and celebrations, and an area which truly brings together the university and the city. It is most importantly a place for all, animated all year long.

© André Morin
© André Morin

Like a horizontal billboard, the sports strip presents the life of the university to the inhabitants of Shinchon, and vice-versa. Once through the sports strip, pedestrian movement and flow through the site is celebrated. A new “Champs Elysées” invites the public into the site carrying students and visitors alike through the campus center northwards, bringing together the different levels of the site.

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© André Morin

The pastoral nature of the campus is perhaps its most remarkable quality. It should be permitted to grow outwards, or inwards in this case, covering the campus center with trees, flowers, and grass. The park is re-drawn. An idyllic garden is the result, creating a special place for gathering, conducting informal classes, and simply relaxing. The notion of weaving together the campus is again evident, blurring the distinction between old and new, building and landscape, present and past.

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© André Morin

“Les Champs Elysées”

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© André Morin

A new seam slices through the topography revealing the interior of the EWHA campus center. A void is formed, a hybrid place, in which a variety of activities can unfold. It is An avenue, gently descending, controlling the flow of traffic, leading to a monumental stair carrying visitors upwards, recalling les Champs Elysees or the Campidiglio in Rome.

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© André Morin

• An entry court, from which access to the various departments exist,

• A node, or point on a trajectory to another destination,

• 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 theatre, as the stair can be used in an amphitheatre like fashion,

• A sculpture garden, where indoor gallery events can push outwards.

It is precisely 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.

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© André Morin
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57 Comments

Roze M Joyce · February 19, 2016

the concept was pretty out of the box..they dont seem to use alot of the natural light that comes from the central open space ..even though the exterior can sweep us off our feet ..the interior doesnt seem to balance out the wow factor

Giulio Sironi · June 15, 2015

Nice idea (the architectural cut) but the need for putting numbers on entrances tells a lot on the anonymity final result. Confirmed by the pics of the interiors, sad and dull.

haha · March 17, 2015

Compare to Pannonhalma Abdij Visitor Centre by Roeleveld Sikkes

MarkTheMeS · October 14, 2014

I really like this design at Ewha. The initial pictures I saw of it don't do justice to it's size and uniqueness.

limmingxun · January 03, 2013

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Syai Miller · July 26, 2012
setiadi sopandi · July 13, 2012

still the best building i&#39ve visited so far http://t.co/l4Zd5O7M

IIIE · June 15, 2012

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F5 · May 29, 2012

Esta universidad ofrece todo lo que un estudiante desea. ¿Tú cómo sueñas tu universidad? http://t.co/MSZQ63Mj #Argos http://t.co/cRyRiBVJ

Juan Camilo · May 29, 2012

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ARGOS · May 29, 2012

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Arno M · May 03, 2012

Ewha Womans University / Dominique Perrault Architecture http://t.co/lfrHPq9W Such a cool project...

??? ?™ ?(?.?)? · April 26, 2012

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M2 Contracting · April 26, 2012

Korean Architects re-imagine and redefine the university campus. Breathtaking. http://t.co/p1KpxzI8

nomad-rdc · April 25, 2012

Loving the garden roofs V&#39s Central public “valley” spaces of this project http://t.co/Pm9d4Xy3

drtalalhammadi · April 25, 2012

Female university http://t.co/4Lx9FNp0

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Francis Huneault · April 25, 2012

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Christian Stewart · April 25, 2012

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Susana Saraiva · April 24, 2012

But how are the inside spaces. The building doesn't seem to have a lot of light sources for internal spaces. Is it pleasant?

steve · April 08, 2013 02:39 PM

lots and lots of space inside! i studied there for an exchange. awesome piece of architecture.

Irina · April 24, 2012

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Irina · April 24, 2012

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Geidur, S.L. · April 24, 2012

One more time... great design by Dominique Perrault! It seems so simply: http://t.co/Cik0K0KL via @ArchDaily #architecture

John Dunn · April 24, 2012

@silvitabuendia Tu opinión, cuando puedas, mon amie. Pregunta base: Puede un edificio "representar" a la mujer? http://t.co/tZmWBi4C

LLL · April 23, 2012

“@StrangArchitect: I love this university design for South Korea http://t.co/Gi0STIUv”

Strang Architecture · April 23, 2012

I love this university design for South Korea http://t.co/3HZJegLc

will · April 23, 2012

Susana, totally agree with you. I'd also like to evaluate it in-person. But I am wondering if a male is allowed to visit the university, seeing that it's a Women's facility.

Goen Kim · April 23, 2012 11:55 AM

You are allowed to visit there. Actually, there are foreign exchange students who are male and also you'd see a lot of guys hanging out in the building, since they have public facilities, such as theaters and performing arts hall and so on.

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Ofir · April 21, 2012

A very inspiring project, although it seems that the inner spaces are lacking in design and proportions, and the circulation seems impossible!
But again - I think this is fascinating!

metin aygün · April 21, 2012

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Carmen Valtierra · April 21, 2012

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Susana Saraiva · April 20, 2012

I loved this concept since the very time I saw the project. I hope I wont get disappointed once I have the chance to visit it, because to me you can only really evaluate architecture if you experience it....live...

nerdy · September 17, 2014 01:06 PM

I've been there Susana. I actually never seen birds eye photos and I only approached it from the street. Until today, actually thought more of it was dug into the earth. but realized that not being the case. sounds silly, but that was impression. I was rushed on time so I didn't walk around all of it but walking between both buildings feels like you're really dug into the ground.

inside the "two halves" it's like a college union center with shops, restaurants, and I other campus community facilities.

Jovan Grbovic · April 20, 2012
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Thomas UNTEREINER · April 20, 2012

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BLAH CITY · April 20, 2012

...weaving together the campus,blurring the distinction between old and new, building and landscape, present and past.

http://t.co/Qh2AGKBx

BLAH CITY · April 20, 2012

An idyllic garden creates a special place for gathering, conducting informal classes, and simply relaxing...
http://t.co/Qh2AGKBx

Doj Sunga · April 20, 2012

We can also go here for your prenup @jbsunga, its near Sinchon http://t.co/00MtzHA3

BLAH CITY · April 20, 2012

Dominique Perrault Architecture creates a new pedestrian “Champs Elyse?es” for EWHA Womans University in Seoul, Korea.

http://t.co/Qh2AGKBx

watabetakahiro · April 20, 2012

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Antje Pasinga · April 19, 2012

this is great and green design - really like it

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