“Waking up with bird chirping and the smell of grass, I stop being impetuous and work harder.” A mother retold what her boarding daughter said, which could concisely generalize experience of such mountain campus.
▼看向主入口角度，view towards the main entrance ©萧稳航
▼设计概念图，conceptual diagram ©筑博设计-联合公设
Basis International School Park Lane Harbour is a boarding school with capacity of accommodating 1200 students. The construction area is 43,000 m² and the campus covers an area of 70,000 m². Campus site has been chosen in a mountain forest on the seaside of Park Lane Harbour. The site is densely vegetated with 58 meters height difference from lowest elevation of 24 meters to highest elevation of 82 meters.
▼校园鸟瞰，campus aerial view ©张超
Benefiting from the natural environment, it is essentially different from schools in cities. In the beginning of the design concept, the architect tried to create a campus that blend in with the nature, offering students an experience of leaning inside the forest. Teachers and students can embrace the natural breeze and read in the morning with the smell of fresh grass.
▼教学楼外观，academic building ©张超
Spirit of site: three platforms
There are mountains on the seashore. The mountains are high and forests are dense. With a height difference of 58 meters in the site, the architect partially modified three platforms, and tried to maintain the original natural state of the remaining untouched areas. The three platforms are: the main pedestrian entrance and the front square, the main stairs square and the sports field on the summit. There are a variety of traffic connections between different elevations, convenient for teachers and students to travel at school.
▼场地高程分析，site elevation analysis ©筑博设计-联合公设
As main pedestrian entrance of the campus, the front square is connected flatly with the road. The natural valley landform is the first impression for entering the campus. The sight goes up through the hillside park with rich valley layers, and finally stays at the circular observation restaurant overhanging at half way of the hill. Students can choose to ascend along the open valley park, gather in the overhead stairs near the teaching section, or reach the teaching section and main stairs square through vertical transportation in the reception hall.
▼校园入口，main entrance ©张超
▼室外活动区，outdoor activity area ©张超
Main stairs square in the middle of the mountain is the main area of daily activities for students. The entrance of dormitory, main teaching rooms and indoor gymnasium are all positioned near that elevation. Multi-elevation links are set up by making full use of the terrain of the site, reducing the need to climb up and down. The design of the site uses the characteristics of elevation difference and surrounding buildings to become a stairs square with a wide range of functions. It is a popular outdoor activity place for teachers and students, and it is also the main venue for festivals and ceremonies.
▼台阶广场，Stairs Square ©张超
In view of the special needs of international schools, the outdoor sports field is only used as a place for teachers and students to exercise after school but not the main place for physical education classes, also due to the special mountain terrain, the outdoor sports field is located at the gentle part of the summit. It has quite an elevation difference with the main activities area of teachers and students, and can be reached by climbing stone steps or winding mountain roads for logistics. Such unconventional settings resulting it has what is impossible for a regular school playground to have: surrounded by mountains and forests with sea and mountains all in sight.
▼大台阶鸟瞰，aerial view of the grand stair ©萧稳航
Planning Concept: Compact Group,decentralized Layout
聚散有度，适度建设 | Gather and disperse, moderate construction
Basis International School is composed of teaching group (including 360 degree observation restaurant, indoor gymnasium), dormitory group and sports field on the summit. Because of the special mountainous terrain, the teaching groups are enclosed with slab construction, relatively centralized and equipped with overhead corridors to meet the needs of class-selection system of the American style education. The height of the artificial retaining wall between the building and the mountain area should be controlled within 10 meters to save the cost of soil preparation and ensure the natural lighting and ventilation inside building.
▼总平面图，Master Plan ©筑博设计-联合公设
The dormitory groups adopt the dispersed points style layout for the towers, and minimize the damage of construction to the mountain areas by using suspended tower. The dormitory group is close to the entrance for cars and the parking space for the school bus enhance the convenient for the weekly commuting and baggage handling of boarding students.
▼通往生活区角度，view towards the living area ©张超
▼通往教学区角度，view towards the academic area ©张超
Teach and learn anytime anywhere
赋之于空，无即是全 | Given to emptiness, nothing is everything
International educational institution BASIS is responsible for the operation of the whole school and adopts purely American education system. The architectural design adopts an open, individualized and diversified way to create space accordingly to design a complex space to meet the demands of international education.
▼教学楼中庭，atrium of the academic building ©萧稳航
▼宽阔的天窗照亮交通空间，the circulation area is illuminated by the large skylight ©张超
建筑师认为教育指导思想的变革带来教学方法的变革，并且教学方法的改变必然对教学空间提出新的、符合变革的要求;认为把校园设计的构成因素加以划分，可以大致划分为基本教学环境 (强调内部关系)和人际交流环境 (强调户外活动及人际交往)。这二者基本组成了校园的室内、外环境。 国际学校采用走班制的授课模式，学生并没有固定教室。各教室按年级与课程类别单独设置，科目老师授课和工作在固定课室之中。学生按照课表进行换班，各课程课室的外部设置有金属储物柜， 方便学生换班时暂存各自的私人物品。
Architects believe that the change of guiding ideology of education will bring the change of teaching methods, and the change of teaching methods will inevitably put forward new requirements of teaching space that conform with the change. They think that the elements of campus design can be roughly divided into basic teaching environment (emphasizing internal relations) and interpersonal communication environment (emphasizing outdoor activities and interpersonal communication). These two basically constitute the campus indoor and outdoor environment of the campus. International schools adopt a class-selection teaching model, and students do not have a fixed classroom. Each classroom is set up individually according to grade and course category. Teachers teach and work in each classroom. Students change classes according to the schedule. Metal lockers are set outside for students to temporarily store their personal belongings when they change classes.
▼走廊空间，corridor space ©张超
▼折跑楼梯，folding stairs ©张超
In terms of functional layout, we divide the main teaching places into G1-4 (day-school students) and G5-12 (boarding students). The G1-4 classroom is near the main pedestrian entrance of the school. It is mainly located on the 1-3 floor of the teaching building. It is convenient for students to reach from the main entrance. Classroom G5-12 is mainly located near the main stairs square of the campus, which has similar elevation with the dormitory. The classrooms of the same category of students are relatively centralized, convenient for travelling from class to class.
▼中庭连接了不同楼层的教学场所，the main teaching places on different levels are linked by the central atrium ©张超
Architects specially designed many indoor or semi-indoor open areas for staying in different elevations of the campus. The purpose of designing blank space for sitting and lying down is to enable the most creative users to explore its potential, so that teachers are not confined to the classroom and can teach anywhere anytime.While students are not limited their school life at classroom, canteen and dormitory. They can find their favorite corner in the campus, a corner belonging to him, her and them. Simple traffic space is expanded and enriched by architects by various ways. Because of the addition of traffic functions to the open space, we do not need to worry it will become a passive space that nobody goes to.
▼开放讨论区，open conference area ©张超
▼校园中的课堂，class in the campus ©贝赛思
▼通风分析示意，ventilation diagram ©筑博设计-联合公设
▼空间分析，space analysis ©筑博设计-联合公设
The introduction of natural light and ventilation guarantees the greatest comfort of the space. The learning space for teachers and students extends further to all places, instead of the three-point and one-line lifestyle of the conventional campus. Teachers and students can study and discuss in the corresponding corners of the campus with notebooks. Teaching is no longer only confined to the classroom, classroom and learning can extend to the entire campus. A variety of courses can be brought outside of the classroom according to the needs of teachers, under the blue sky, on the stairs, in the shade of trees…
▼教学区夜景，night view of the academic area ©张超
▼宿舍立面，dormitory building facade ©张超
▼广场整体鸟瞰，square overview ©张超
▼教学楼组团三层平面图，third floor plan of academic group ©筑博设计-联合公设
▼1#2#教学楼剖面 ，1#2# academic building section ©筑博设计-联合公设
▼6#宿舍剖面，6# dormitory building section ©筑博设计-联合公设
▼拉网板节点图，dragnet aluminium plate ©筑博设计-联合公设
主创建筑师 : 萧稳航, 黄昕
Project name: Basis International School Park Lane Harbour
Architect or company: ZHUBO-AAO
Design year & Completion Year: 2015/2018
Project Director :Zhong Qiao
Lead Architects :Huang Xin,John Siu
Design Team :Li Junda, Zhong Hanlu,Wu Yuhua, Qu Yu,Zhu Huanhuan, Cao Taiming, Li Zhuangwei
Project location: Huiyang Distric,Huizhou City,Guangdong Province,China
Gross Built Area: 43355.95m²
Photo credits: John Siu, Zhang Chao
Construction Drawing Design: Institute of Architectural Design, Shenzhen University
Interior Design: Perkins Eastman
Landscape Design: Alain landscape Studio & Associates
Client: CR LAND