The Joy Taekwondo Club is a school of martial arts in Beijing, teaching young classes in the art of Taekwondo. Started by Wu Jingyu, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the school aims to inspire the younger generation and instill the Olympic spirit.
Two-time Olympic gold medallist, Wu Jingyu approach us to help her design a Taekwondo studio for the youth. Winning gold in the sub-49kg category in both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, she wanted to inspire a younger generation and instill the Olympic spirit.
The Taekwondo school is situated in the Haidian district, toward the north-west of Beijing, and forms part of the rich culture of education which the area of the city is known for.
We aimed to represent the core values of Taekwondo into the space of the school. The classrooms and informal spaces around the school aim to foster a sense of togetherness for the students.
Carpark to Olympic Classroom
Land prices are incredibly high in Beijing, and so for this school we were given the challenge of converting an existing underground carpark into a school for Taekwondo.
Emphasis on social as well as education space.
Opposed to a traditional arrangement of spaces, we centered the main function of the school; the classroom, and creating a fluid space around it, with flexible spaces, exhibits and viewpoints all along the route.
The Olympic spirit in the school is physically represented by the large exhibition of Olympic memorabilia inside the school, from Olympic torches, to uniforms, to medals.
The informal spaces outside the classroom are just as important as the formal class, so we paid a lot of attention to the secondary spaces as areas for the students to hang out together.
An Experience for Parents & Kids
In China, parents are very involved in the early development of their kids, and so we created the classrooms to be able to be viewed from the outside, while the kids are practicing inside.
Changeroom as Social Space
As part of the overall education, the changing room space is important as it provides a chance for the kids to be independent, and to socialize with their classmates in a more informal setting away from coaches and parents.
The space is designed to inspire future generations of young martial artists to pursue their dreams, and we hope that our architecture helps to facilitate the transfer of this spirit from one generation to the next.
Joy Taekwondo Club
The Joy Taekwondo Club is now proud to call their space the home of the Olympic Spirit in Beijing.
Team: Martijn de Geus, Li Le, Han Zhang
Client: Joy Taekwondo Club
Project Year: 2016
Location: Beijing, China