The new district of Yiwu Art School is located in the south of Yiwu City, with a total land area of 57000 square meters. The main function of the building is an art school for Class 48 primary school and Class 12 secondary school. The terrain is high in the south and low in the north. There is a hill in the middle of the east side of the plot that is more than ten meters long, with a large overall height difference.
Our design concept is to combine the needs of modern education with local planning, maximizing the preservation of the current characteristics of the base, creating a unique art campus space using terrain, while reducing earthwork and saving costs, and evolving a self generated architectural solution. We adopt the design concept of "mountain", with classrooms nestled against the mountain and libraries hidden within. Students shuttle through it, showcasing endless romantic imagination.
The terrain of the site is complex, with a small hill and a low depression, with an overall elevation difference of about 14 meters. In the design, the original elevation difference within the site should be aligned, emphasizing the integration with the natural environment. The central axis of the campus should be established based on the terrain, forming the core space for artistic activities and external display. On this basis, the scattered functional volume is connected by corridors, developing into a complete tree like spatial structure, arranging appropriate vertical landscape and Shared space, and creating an art settlement with identification, publicity and freedom.
The central axis is connected by a pen and a line, starting from the music hall on the opposite bank of the stream to the north. It crosses the river and merges into the axis, with continuous steps passing through the campus relying on the mountain terrain. Step by step, we have added protruding vertical platforms on both sides of the continuous building interface, combining virtual and real elements, using white walls as carriers and bamboo and wood as embellishments, creating a strong material contrast and presenting a fun and accessible space.
The organic combination of hard ground, grassy slopes, shrubs, bushes, and plastic ramps breaks the monotony of space and shapes the unique scenery of the campus. During the parade along the axis, I looked up and looked at the lush mountains, with endless space and meaning. Art education receives different interpretations in this specific context. Students shuttle through artistic settlements, engage in dialogue with the natural environment, and grow through communication.
The entire campus is divided into two parts by the central shared platform, east and west, with a compact layout. The east side is the primary school department, and the west side is the junior high school department. The 300 meter sports field is located at the top of the overhead floor at the end of the axis. Integrating the concept of modern education into the design, the teaching space meets the current teaching mode while also meeting the needs of future development and changes, providing various possibilities for free artistic activities.
The teaching building is arranged in a folded and staggered manner along the axis, falling layer by layer and cleverly combining with the terrain. As the main clue to the planning structure, the corridor naturally extends and turns like a tree trunk within the plot, connecting different functional areas within the site. In order to encourage the exchange of students' art activities, enough Shared space is reserved at the intersection of the corridor and the teaching building to become the aggregation container of various arts, so that students can freely contact and explore the art forms of interest between the teaching buildings of various disciplines.
Each functional area has a unique identification color in the red gray tone, which reflects different spatial personalities and implies belonging to a unified whole. Unlike the small-scale facade image created by traditional classroom units, we hope that the teaching building can serve as a vibrant volume space, with a simple and elegant facade style that also contains rich spatial experiences.
Not only indoor, design also considers diversified strategies for creating outdoor spaces. The combination of landscape terrace and indoor space forms a multi-path and multi-platform communication venue. The outdoor activity space adjusts the rhythm of the space, creating a space atmosphere of changing steps and blending emotions and scenery, with the elements being higher than lower and deeper than shallower. Integrating the environment with elements of childlike charm and art, creating a public space with multiple meanings.
The complex terrain presents us with challenges and also prompts us to conceive of an artistic settlement with diverse levels. In The new district of Yiwu Art School, there are spaces for teaching, communication, imagination and creation. All kinds of spaces follow the site, which are naturally linked together and endow the site with flexible and transparent temperament. Due to the axis of the mountain, it interacts with the natural environment and falls in layers, wandering in the artistic atmosphere. Architecture has become a catalyst for learning and interaction, creating vivid and dynamic landscapes, becoming the birthplace of creativity and inspiration.