Construction of Hanok Classroom as Educational Resources of Contemporary Elementary School in Seoul


On November 4th, 2020, Hanok Classroom which is named HanSolGak and NaRiJae following Korean traditional building type were opened in the middle of the existing elementary school in Seoul. This is first case in Seoul after the 1988 Seoul Olympics which means the beginning of globalization after the Korean War in 1950. Hanok classroom as an educational resource indicates ‘diversification of educational space.’ Constructing Hanok classroom aims to graft traditional space onto modernized and modularize elementary school built in 1986. This brings about a challenge to adjust cubic oriented classroom to Hanok, since Hanok has own signature spaces from a wooden structure close to soiled courtyard. These pilot project literally realizes diversification of educational space. On the other hand, Hanok classroom regards the periods of building designing and constructing as a series of education for students and even teachers. During building design, user participation-centered design workshops draws out awareness of new classroom as well as spatial expectations. In the construction process, several events were open to school members. Groundbreaking ceremony informs the beginning of construction, Sangryangsik tells the reason of construction as well as appreciates all carpenters, and drawing personal dream on roof tiles means covering Hanok classroom with school members’ hopes. Also, naming contests and unveiling the nameplate ceremony opens the door to new classrooms. These programs implant consciousness of ownership in school members.

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PilGu Chang, Dongyang Mirae University, South Korea

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Learning Experiences

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