China   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Silver Winner

Huang Cheng Gen Primary School Changping Campus

Entrant Company

INCLUSIVE ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Beijing Changye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.; Beijing Excellence Equity Group Co., Ltd.; Beijing Vanke Group Co., Ltd.

Sub-Category

Cultural

The project showcases the first “Passive House” school building in Beijing, also the first public school in China designed for “Learning Anywhere Anytime”. The learning community, designed with a core common space named as “Grade Lounge”, constitutes the basic space unit, forming a series of “boxes” together with the rotated blocks of library, gymnasium and other venues, among which emerge multiple triangular courtyards to introduce natural light and ventilation. This generative design process, named as “a Story of Boxes and Courtyards”, has created a multi-dimensional, multi-centered system of learning communities, completely breaking through the conventional “Cell & Bell” based finger plan. The largest courtyard, a three-story interior atrium in the center of the building, serves as a Performing Arts Hall as well as a “Town Center”, connected to the dance and drama studios as well as the “Performing Arts Courtyard”, laying out a series of indoor and outdoor spaces for informal performing and gathering. The "Lifestyle Courtyard" is an outdoor sunken courtyard that connects the canteen, the gymnasium and the band rehearsal room, an ideal location for music assemblies in the summer. The polygonal spaces in-between boxes and courtyards have completely replaced linear corridors, serving as Lifestyle Center, Student Center, Makerspace, Cybercafe and other adaptable learning spaces for lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, and project-based learning. These common areas, named as "Hubs of Intelligence", are prototypical spaces designed after the theory of “Multiple Intelligences” put forward by the famous educator Howard Gardener. “The Story of Boxes and Courtyards” is a design practice that highly integrates architectural inspiration and educational philosophies, which greatly enhances openness, interactivity and inclusivity of learning spaces. The design team has translated educational concepts into architecture, providing children in public schools with pioneering learning environment towards future of education.

Credits

Lead Architect
Xiaoyi Ma
Designer
Pengfei Chen
Designer
Jiajia Wang
Designer
Yan Xia
Designer
Renzheng Zhu
Designer
Yang Ming
Designer
Xuejiao Zhou
Designer
Chaoyi Meng
Designer
Yue Zhao
Designer
Yue Wu
Designer
Jiequn Liang
Designer
Lei Bao
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