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Taejon Christian School campus plan

Daily Journal of Commerce

September 25th 2009

Shapiro Didway Landscape Architecture has designed conceptual plans for a new K-12 campus in Daejeon, South Korea.

The firm worked to create a naturally flowing, flexible and secure campus to serve Taejon Christian International School students and the community.

"It's all fenced in," firm principal Steve Shapiro said. "It's a corner piece of property designed to have good sight lines. We used low shrubs to improve visibility and keep people from loitering around the campus."

Stonework and natural plantings were incorporated to evoke the landscape of the surrounding mountain valley. Storm water will be treated on-site with a natural-flow swale system designed to express and celebrate the flow of rainwater. The campus' landscape was designed with a Korean aesthetic, according to Shapiro.

"We used a lot of blooming trees and natural forms, as well as rock outcroppings," Shapiro said. "It's a celebration of stone."

The school building itself was designed by Myhre Group Architects and DECA Architecture, and will soon house 600 students.