- Designed by the Seoul Design Foundation, Yeonhui-dong Community Center Wins Germany’s iF Design Award
Designed by the Seoul Design Foundation,
Yeonhui-dong Community Center Wins Germany’s iF Design Award
- An award ceremony was held on March 10 (Fri) at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany.
- The design concept for the community center was “kitchen,” a place of communication in the home.
- The community center consists of welfare and civil service spaces on the first floor, a café-style community space for residents on the second floor, and a library and rental space on the third floor.
- The community center was created with the cooperation of residents through a process that involved proposing ideas and holding workshops and interviews, among others.
□ The Yeonhui-dong Community Center, which was part of the Service Design Improvement Project of the Seoul Design Foundation (Lee Keun, CEO) in 2015, won Germany’s iF Design Award, one of the three most prominent design awards in the world.
○ On March 10 (Fri), the iF Design Award Ceremony was held at BMW Welt, attended by over 2,000 guests from about 20 different countries.
○ It is very encouraging that a community center—a type of public facility that rarely undergoes renovations or changes of any kind—that was transformed into a facility dedicated to the welfare and convenience of residents won a global design award.
□ This project to improve the service design of the community center aimed to renovate the old community center for the convenience of residents and allow resident to use the center for various purposes.
○ The community center was designed based on an “open kitchen” concept with the goal of turning it into a community space where local residents can come together. The internal spaces and systems were reorganized accordingly.
○ The idea for the “open kitchen” design concept came from the recognition of the kitchen as a space for communication.
□ Through the Seoul Design Foundation’s Service Design Improvement Project, each floor of the three-story Yeonhui-dong Community Center was redesigned to perform a specific role.
○ On the first floor, the civil service and administrative spaces were designed to improve the working environment and maximize visitors’ freedom of movement. Also, coordinators were deployed at the entrance to provide guidance to visitors regarding civil service matters.
○ On the second floor, the unused storage space was turned into a café to promote communication among the residents.
○ Finally, the third floor consists of the Yeon-hui Book Room, where residents can grab a book and enjoy some reading, and Future Creation Center, a space where residents can hold meetings or parties. In particular, the Future Creation Center is equipped with an audiovisual system for film screenings on weekends and UCC production.
Civil service and administrative space on the first floor
Café on the second floor
Future Creation Center on the third floor
Yeon-hui Book Room, on the third floor
□ Residents are highly satisfied with the Yeonhui-dong Community Center, because they and other stakeholders were involved in the entire renovation process.
○ The successful renovation of the Yeonhui-dong Community Center has resulted in the expansion of the Service Design Improvement Project to other community centers in Seodaemun-gu, including Sinchon-dong Community Center (renovation of civil service space into a café-style convenience facility for residents) and Hongje 3-dong Community Center (transformation of the space on the first floor into a book café).
□ Lee Keun, the CEO of the Seoul Design Foundation said, “I hope that Seoul’s public facilities will be revitalized as resident-centered spaces, and that these spaces will provide an opportunity for Seoul to be recognized for its design excellence on the international stage.”
□ The iF Design Award, hosted by Germany’s International Design Forum since 1953, accepts entries from all over the world for awards in seven categories: product, packaging, communication, interior architecture, professional concept, architecture, and service design. Along with Germany’s Red Dot Design Award and the U.S.’s International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), the iF Design Award is considered to be one of the world’s three most prominent design awards. This year, over 5,500 entries from 59 countries were submitted and judged fairly by 58 design experts from around the globe.
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