As an original site expansion and expansion project, the expansion site was extremely cramped。Designers opened the “extreme challenge” model: creating a maximum space for teaching and activities in extremely limited site, allowing teachers and students to fully enjoy the educational complex. This project is located in the core business circle of Shishan Plate, New District of Suzhou, which is adjacent to the experimental high school in the east and is the reconstruction and expansion project. There are two serious problems in the design task. One is the lack of activity space, and the other is the uncertain implementation time node. Facing numerous restrictions, the designers start from the daily learning needs of teachers and students and systematically thinks about all aspects of campus planning, design, and construction. After careful consideration, they create the use mode of “Campus Synthesis”, making the best use of the site and creating the learning and working place that both teachers and students like. A design like “an ashram in a spiral shell” came into being.
▼扩建后的校园鸟瞰，aerial view of the campus
Overlay of Old and New Functions
The original function of the site is a 100-meter track, two basketball courts and a parking area. In this project, there is a shortage of land. In addition, the demolition of buildings in the second construction phase is also full of uncertainties. Therefore, Therefore, we hope to maintain the original functions while designing new buildings, that is, the overlay of old and new functions.
▼项目用地紧张，原有的功能为跑道、篮球场和停车区，there is a shortage of land, the original function of the site is a track, basketball courts and a parking area
Through the overhead of the main corridor and the penetration and retreat of the building volume, we created rich platform space in the building, and put the original runway, court and the newly added outdoor small theater, transparent radio station, roof planting area and other functions on the platform, achieving the effect of 1+1 > 2. In this way, we not only retain the original function of the activity site while adding new functions of the building but also endow this site with the possibility of more activity space.
▼通过主体连廊的架空以及体量的穿插、进退，建筑创造了丰富的平台空间，through the overhead of the main corridor and the penetration and retreat of the building volume, architects created rich platform space
▼西侧立面台阶及入口，stairs and entrance on the west side
Architectural Image Having Both Inheritance and Innovation
▼校园东立面屋顶形式采用单坡，使用偏暖色调的木纹砖，木色格栅，白色涂料，east roof form adopts the shape of a single slope and used the warm-toned wood grain brick, wood color grilles and white coating
▼校园西立面，west elevation of the campus
The experimental high school in the New District is on the east of our site. During the design process, we hope not only to echo the style of high school but also to show the characteristics of a junior high school with more vigor. Therefore, the roof form adopts the shape of a single slope, which is consistent with the roof form of the high school. On the choice of texture, we used the warm-toned wood grain brick, wood color grilles and white coating which is also warmer than the high school.
Mode of Campus Synthesis
We set the function of the second floor facing the main entrance as the exhibition area of school history and combined the outdoor grand staircase of the entrance to create a distinct entrance image for the school. The new building is more like a campus synthesis than a traditional school. The space feeling of the building is more communal, with a lot of grey space providing socialized sites for communication, as well as recessive classrooms and expanded communal space, all of which are exactly what traditional school buildings lack.
▼南侧建筑主入口、上方的校史展览区、室外楼梯一同创造了一个鲜明的入口形象，main entrance on the south side, the exhibition area of school history and outdoor grand staircase create a distinct entrance image for the school
The concept of campus synthesis gives us a chance to turn the new building into the activity center for students. While providing the teaching site, it builds rich indoor and outdoor activity fields, guides the school education pattern innovation, and stimulates the student quality education interest and pleasure.
▼行政楼抬高后留出二层活动平台，the administrative building is elevated to make space for the platform
▼平台成为丰富多彩的室内外活动场地，the platform is an outdoor activity field
Double Passageway Mode
▼建筑东侧贯通南北的第二连廊与风雨连廊形成双通道模式， the double passageway mode formed by the second corridor and the wind and rain corridor
▼建筑西侧一层贯通南北通廊，corridor on the west side expands from north to south at the first floor
▼二层连廊处通向广播站的楼梯空间，stairs leading to the radio station at the second floor corridor area
Due to the “tubular” layout of the building, there is a lack of evacuation efficiency. We learned from the practice of “back alley” in Suzhou folk houses and added a second corridor on the east side of the building, connecting the north and the south, increasing the traffic space that students can use, and making the streamline to the stadium more convenient. The double passageway mode formed by the second corridor and the wind and rain corridor not only greatly increases the evacuation efficiency, but also enriches the east facade and increases the expressive force of the building.
▼一层平面图，first floor plan
Various Function Space
The new function includes ordinary classrooms, an office building, a gymnasium, a library and art classrooms, creating a space with various functions.
Construction Site: Suzhou New District
Design Company: Tus Design Group Co., Ltd
Project Leader: Li Shaofeng
Design Group: Cai Shuang, Zhang Yunzhi, Zhang Ying, Fang Biao, Zhu Kai, Chen Fang, Xia Yu
Design Date: 2016.04
Completion Date: 2018.08
Photographer: Zhang Chao, Zhang Yong
Author: Zhang Yunzhi