He hidden treasure this week is a children’s center in Cheongsong, South Koreacalled Cheongsong Childcare Center. It is a surprise of color, shapes and fun with focus on the little ones. The project, signed by JYA-RCHITECTS, is designed so that they can go after school and solve the main need that the building had: a community center that was not related to the neighborhood or was not open to it. Therefore, the design needed to cover the main aspects to achieve that openness: a sufficient place with stimuli and diverse experiences for children, beyond the mere physical space and away from boredom. In a stagnant rural village with a declining population, the child population becomes much more valuable to the community.
In a district without enough cultural and social areas, this center becomes a pillar for people to meet, produce, share, learn and connect. During the process, people in the community will naturally meet and become familiar with the children at the center. This will be the beginning of communication between the local community and the child care center.
The interior turns out to be a three-dimensional space full of textures with different heights and levels; the architects were clear that the exchange of spatial stimuli was essential for the life of the building, in order to differentiate it from the schools.
The second point of active connection is in outer space, so that everyone can freely enter and exit and play in different volumes. This idea hopes that children can directly feel the changes in the climate the different seasons, communicating interior and exterior in an almost unique way. A children’s center that surprises from its facade full of stimuli and senses for both the smallest and the oldest, sharing the fundamental values of coexistence in the neighborhood.