With the ongoing rapid development, Shenzhen is now facing the scarcity of urban construction land and development space, and under great pressure from the shortage of primary and secondary schools and kindergartens. How can we design a campus with high population density and high volume on the basis of intensive land, so as to adapt to the shortage of land, the expansion of population, and the development of high-quality basic education? How does space promote the development of modern education?
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The project is located in Qingquan Street, Longhua District, connecting Qinglong Road in the north, Yongchun Road in the south, Longhua Avenue in the east and Heping Road in the west. The plot is irregular but with a convenient transportation network and a land area of 14,589.7m2. The project’s terrain has an elevation difference of up to 7.1 meters, which is high in the northwest and low in the southeast. From northeast to southwest, the site can be roughly divided into three high platforms, whose heights are 66.80 m, 65.80m and 61.10m, respectively.
There are abundant educational resources around the project. It adjoins Shenzhen Longhua District Qingquan Foreign Language Primary School on the west, and Shengshi Jiangnan Kindergarten on the south. It is also close to Qinghu Station of Metro Line 4 and Tram Line, indicating an excellent public transport advantage.
The concept of the school is initially derived from a scene of a learned scholar imparting knowledge under a tree. However, in a modern city with rapid development, scarce land, and a rapidly growing population, campus functions are provided while people’s spiritual pursuits and aesthetic taste of connecting with nature are ignored. Therefore, we hope to think outside the box of conventional architectural styles and build a diversified “Green Valley Campus” integrating natural ecology, scientific design, and advanced education concept.
In consideration of the elevation difference at the site, two six-story teaching buildings are placed on the edge of the land boundary line to support a basic volume. The bottom floor is elevated to create a broader floor view and enrich the experience of campus architectural space. A library is designed to connect two teaching buildings and facilitate the access of students and teachers.
A continuous roof garden organically connected with the playground space is created through a set-back terrace. According to the elevation difference, a “Valley Garden” is formed between the north and south buildings to create a green slope landscape. Architects elaborately designed a series of interesting small spaces, such as corridors, platforms, cabins, caves, so that children can enjoy themselves in the valley.
In order to connect the east and west campuses, a bridge at the entrance of the campuses is designed to connect the primary school and the junior high school. The overhanging entrance is used to create a gray space shared with the community and as a waiting area for parents to pick up and send off their children. The sports ground is elevated to expand the area for children’s sports, and large spaces such as a canteen, a small theater, a swimming pool, and a basketball court are placed under it. Indoor courts are added to provide children with sports venues on rainy days.
A greenery corridor is built on the roof to connect the roof garden, the central courtyard, and even the whole campus, forming a carpet-like campus ecosystem and allowing the overhead floor, slopes, steps, balconies, roof, platforms, overhanging eaves to become the space for children to study and play. In the future, the design team hope to form a sequence of “image, art, communication, academy and sports” in the teaching space. We shall create the use scenarios of "nature/science", “art/culture", "sports/health", and "community/communication" to enrich the campus’s use experience.
We consider the campus not only a place for teaching in the traditional sense, but also a venue for cultivating children’s diverse interests. Here, we can hear that children are reading aloud in the classrooms and laughing happily in the “Green Valley”. We hope to offer them an interesting campus that grows together with nature and performs teaching through lively activities.
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