KEDI|Korean Educational Development Institute

Site: Jincheon, South Korea

Status: Conceptual Design

Program: Educational

Client: Jincheon Metropolitan Department of Education

The new research facility for KEDI is an active building in a picturesque landscape that responds to the urban edge to the north and wooded landscape to the south of Jincheon. The project was conceived as a lens that absorbs and magnifies light and views internally and externally. The KEDI project concept was developed through Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory of the “Mirror Stage” and the “Three Stages of Human Development.” This theory and strategy was the vehicle for the concept of an Educational Development and how architecture transforms and reflects the programmatic conditions.


The floor plates are designed as continuous landscapes that perform as a mat typology with hyper sections. These thin layers become infrastructural and programmatically dense. The building is cladded with Fresnel Glass that allows spatial distortion within the perception of the viewers from inside and outside. The lens-like skin also allows light to penetrate into the depth of the building to achieve spatial transparency.