Yangzhong Foreign Language School Branch Campus is located in the western suburb of Yangzhong City, Jiangsu Province. It covers an area of about 10 acres and is a newly established public junior high school with 30 classes. The site boundary is an irregular polygon defined by the surrounding roads, existing rivers and residential land.
The scheme is to arrange the sports field along the east side of the site. The main campus building, located on the middle and west part of the site, adopts a compact learning complex mode, to minimize the building footprint and improve the efficiency of use of each space. Through such overall space organization, we hope to emphasize the integrity of essential-quality-oriented education.
The initial question for the design was where to start the scheme for this newly expropriated flat farmland, with the surrounding roads still on the planning phase. If the memory of the site is erased, how can we build a campus that has a spiritual atmosphere?
We put the building in a larger context and consider the relationship between the campus and the city. The design and its spatial quality originated from the concave arc spaces of the three main facades of the building, corresponding to the main entrance plaza on the south side, the abandoned old junior high school campus buildings across the road further south, the existing river on the northwest side, the sports field on the east side, and the Lianfeng Port River and the downtown area further east. Through the dialogue with urban landscapes and site memories, the new campus began to build its own unique sense of place.
The learning complex building consists of three courtyard-style blocks and a central connection block. According to the different functional needs, three courtyard blocks are respectively for the general learning zone, the laboratory zone and the art education zone.
The central connection block, which we call the campus center, has an open exhibition space on the ground piloti floor, the administration offices on the second floor, a library on the third floor, and a roof garden on the fourth floor. This is not only the center of spatial geometry and the intersection of people, but also the center of information exchange and brainstorming.
The atrium patio is a place of serenity and peacefulness. The sunlight through the top opening of the patio moves slowly across the atrium. A spiraling stair can take you from the ground floor to the roof garden.
Large volume programs such as the lecture hall, gymnasium and cafeteria are hidden on the bottoms of two enclosed courtyards, and their roofs serve as platforms for group events, providing space for students to have breaks or outdoor activities.
The compact mode of the building has earned the campus a larger outdoor landscape and sports venue area. The school's plantation is located on the west edge of the campus, and it is a buffer and line of sight interaction between the school and the street community. Carefully created plantations and water features extend into the courtyard through the ground piloti floor. We initially proposed to use the unique directional texture of the farmland of the site as the landscape planning basis, in order for students to learn the history of this piece of vanishing farmland, however this proposal was not able to be realized.
Perform Design Studio did not participate in the interior design and landscape design of the project, and there were some regrets over the selection and detailing of the final materials, for example the roof garden, which was far from the lush feeling we originally envisioned. However, the final completion of the project still makes us feel gratified. We hope that this campus building that is unlike those typical ones in the local area can bring some new inspirations to people.
The school's third level viewing platform is one of our favorite spaces. Looking east from the platform through its gigantic horizontal opening, in the distance, the tower cranes seem to suggest the process of urbanization has not yet slowed down, while in the foreground, the communication scenes of students and their laughters are perhaps the most appealing landscape on campus.
设计团队完整名单：孙涛 邱佳豪 孙朝良 徐淑洁 王骞 谭志勇 陈舒凯