The original building was a three-story post-and-beam reinforced concrete structure with a wooden truss roofing system and a south facing corridor. It was the very first building erected after the establishment of the university.
Rather than taking the usual approach of reinforcing the low-rise building such as jacketing the structural columns, the project aims to coordinate new functions with existing spatial order by inserting shear walls and micro piling foundation. The new building manages to provide adequate natural light on the south-north axis as well as forming a sense of visual penetration among its spatial relations. Additionally, it creates a new architectural identity with its spatial order and an appropriate scale and proportion of its overall existence. Converted from the traditional pre-cast concrete lattice windows of the original façade, the new exterior walls are composed of perforated aluminum window modules and colonnades at various cutting angles. These modifications not only redefine the main public areas in the building, but they an important vocabulary of the building as a whole.
The original structure of SCU Student Affairs Office Building consists of a four-story post-and-beam reinforced concrete framework, with arched rebar truss as its roofing system and openings on four sides for natural light. To strengthen the structure, the strategy was a cross-type column jacketing method with insertions of buttress walls and shear walls according to the original structural order and for future functionality after the renewal. The reinforcement structure became the support not only for the roof but also for the suspended steel structure that serves as the service space.
The exterior of the building is completed by steel formwork. The vertical sunshades were converted from the skived rectangular pillars. The downspout columns and the concrete eaves create simple rhythmic changes to the facade. In terms of tectonics, the structural system, aluminum windows, and the exterior sunshade pillars are conceived as layers from outside in. They are composed in such a way as to loosen the relationships between different elements and to emphasize its identity.
Through respectively responding to the original spatial order and the existing proportions of the architecture by means of reinforcing the structure efficiently, at the same time integrating the basic space service facilities and its electromechanical systems, this renewal project aims to explore the architecture’s vocabulary within its relationships between the new and the old, functionality and spatiality, structure and tectonics, as well as its architectural equipment by distinctively overlapping them upon one another, while at the same time allowing the freedom to keep each of their own identities.