TITAN Property Platinum Winner

2023

Shenzhen Vanke Bilingual School

Entrant Company

Way Design

Category

Architecture - Best Flexibility Design

Client's Name

Vanke Real Estate

Country / Region

China

Flexibility and Fluidity
Flexibility and fluidity are two key words that we explore in this 36-class primary and secondary school project located in Shenzhen, China, which has a subtropical climate that welcomes outdoor activities year-round.

Children in the 21st century deserve more possibilities and richer life experiences. Our design goal in this project is to create a new school prototype that meets the future needs of children. It needs to be efficient, complex, multi-functional, yet flexible and gives children and even parents the possibility of diverse learning and training. It needs to be fluid, interactive, free of boundaries, as well as provide adequate, comfortable, and interesting common areas through innovative architectural designs.

We believe school is not just a place for students to learn, but rather a place where they can interact and share ideas with each other. Therefore, we value the importance of common space in school design the most. In a "flexible and fluid" common space, children can experience rich and inspiring moments and communicate more freely and effectively. Through terraced roof gardens and central courtyards, our design gives children a fascinating and unique spatial experience. This creates a modern campus with a strong cultural atmosphere and a vibrant environment in harmony with the natural and urban landscape. We blur the boundary between the ground and upper floors by making sure that classrooms on each floor are next to an outdoor playground just like a normal ground floor classroom would have. Our final goal is to establish flexibility, fluidity, openness, connectivity, and interpenetration in a stimulating and intriguing spatial environment, which we believe is essential to young kids' learning experience.

Credits

Design Partner / Way Design
Wei Wei
Design Partner / Way Design
Luping Yuan
Design Principal / Way Design
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