South Korea’s DSSI Elementary School implemented a new layout to enhance their lesson plans

Through the intervention of Madrid-based Daniel Valle Architects, South Korea’s DSSI Elementary School is now home to a dynamic, shape-shifting interior that promotes creative lesson plans and activities to engage students like never before. Once an ordinary and static structure, the two adjacent, open-layout rooms have been transformed into a horseshoe-like arrangement, with a communal area in the remaining space. At certain intersections of the U-shape, the walls are placed on pivoting hinges, which enables teachers to alter the classroom effortlessly during a lesson.

For instance, he-she can revert back to the original open floor layout to promote collaboration during exercises that involve group work.

Through transformable architecture, the designers crafted a powerfully immersive tool for educators looking to deliver a higher value education through a diverse range of teaching practices. The fluidity of the architecture makes it perfect for fluctuating class sizes, furthering the creative freedom teachers have in crafting lesson plans.

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Even beyond learning initiatives, the redesign doubled as a rebranding for the school, which had expressed its desires for a new culture of sharing and fostering community made possible by this new physical environment. From a practical stance, the innovative arrangement of the classrooms uses benches with built-in storage space, and discrete wall hooks which blend with the style of the interior.

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A recent health study confirmed the potency of shape-shifting interiors as a means of engineering movement throughout the school, stressing that childhood obesity is generally the result of lack of movement (among other variables at play.) Navigating consistently new spaces is an explorative act, and proves that the environment greatly contributes to one’s physical health and mental state.

Daniel Valle Architects

Through the intervention of Madrid-based Daniel Valle Architects, South Korea’s DSSI Elementary School is now home to a dynamic, shape-shifting interior that promotes creative lesson plans and activities to engage students like never before. Once an ordinary and static structure, the two adjacent, open-layout rooms have been transformed into a horseshoe-like arrangement, with a communal area in the remaining space. At certain intersections of the U-shape, the walls are placed on pivoting hinges, which enables teachers to alter the classroom effortlessly during a lesson.