Create space in reason, develop comprehension with art
Foshan is the source of Lingnan culture and capital of Chinese manufacturing industry. With the yearning for such cultural deposits, a new Meisha School is built leaning the Lion Hill near the South China Sea.
▼校园空间概览，overall view of the campus ©日野摄影
Foshan Meisha Bilingual School is a composite educational institution created by Vanke Foshan with great efforts, which aims to realize one-stop service covering life hosting, subject tutoring, hobbies cultivation, and development of studies and research skills of students, and a nine-year system boarding school that advances the reform of educational methods and learning space. Located on the waterside of the beautiful Xianxi and adjacent to University town near Lion Hill which integrates abundant educational resources, it will welcome the first students in September 2020.
▼校园入口外观，external view of the entrance ©日野摄影
Create a diverse communication platform by link of space
GND starts from “bounded” to “unbounded” design concept in the landscape creation of Foshan Meisha Bilingual School. In terms of external design, the square in the campus opens to the city, promoting the integration between them; while in terms of internal design, the form of combining “gallery, courtyard, lane and platform” in Chinese traditional architecture is adopted for creating a borderless space integrating architecture, landscape and interior as a whole. Through making full use of space, a multi-dimensional space for learning, living and interaction is hence created.
▼轴测图，axonometric drawing ©GND杰地景观设计
▼景观空间结构，landscape spatial structure ©GND杰地景观设计
Garden community-type campus with growing memories
Adhering to such a campus design, the faculty and students are encouraged to indulge in the vitality of campus culture in the new era. Courtyard, corridor, terrace and playground and other functional space are connected in series, to form an organism jointly and create four parts covering intelligent sports, art immersion, science and technology empowerment, and outdoor experience. Through constructing a variety of life scenarios covering reading, learning, sports, socializing, the relationship between school and environment, nature and people, and the creation of multiple pleasant experiences are formed, to enrich children’s spiritual and cultural growth.
▼四大板块，four parts ©GND杰地景观设计
In consideration of display aspect and space interest of project, architectural “yellow box” element is adopted for the design of campus main entrance, coupled with logo wall and honor wall design, the complete fusion of landscape and architecture echoes with urban interface. Leisure benches and boulevard square are set as a buffer space between street and school activities, making the campus interact with the city.
▼主入口空间，main entrance area ©日野摄影
Wandering in the campus, the bright colors of the landmark stairs make the campus uniform and rhythmic, and extended contraction design style creates the sense of ritual of reading. The steps, art boxes and big trees integrate time with landscape, forming unique emotional memory points. The open square in the middle represents the main space for passage and assembly on the campus.
▼进入校园，颜色明亮的阶梯映入眼帘，yellow stairs could be seen when entered the campus ©日野摄影
▼富有雕塑感的阶梯，sculptural stairs ©日野摄影
▼从盒子看向入口，view to the entrance from the box ©柏奇斯摄影
The design of the first-floor space involves a series of growth actions such as reading, experience and sports, and connects the interior to the courtyard, to provide diverse learning activities.
▼首层动线，first floor traffic flow ©GND杰地景观设计
▼首层空间，space on the first floor ©日野摄影
The design of childlike garden aims to create activity space in the woods, children are encouraged to explore environment with abundant equipment, so as to cultivate their various outdoor abilities. It is worth mentioning that the design of climbing wall avoids adverse landscape factors of building gable, endowing stronger sense of layers and maximizing activity space.
▼童趣园顶视图，top view of the childlike garden ©柏奇斯摄影
▼童趣园中设置多种游乐设施，various recreation facility in the garden ©柏奇斯摄影
▼鼓励儿童探索的环境，environment encouraging children to explore ©日野摄影
The design of dream garden selects theatre performance experience area as its theme. The colorful irregular window enriches the relaxed and lively campus space atmosphere and creates more possibilities for children’s extracurricular activity space.
▼彩色的不规则窗口丰富空间，colorful irregular windows enrich the space ©日野摄影
In natural garden, diverse plant species are planted to arouse students’ interest in exploring nature. Meanwhile, the spacious playground is an ideal place for teachers and students to carry out various outdoor teaching and activities.
▼自然园，natural garden ©日野摄影
The landscape and polyline style steps of reading garden break the single spatial form and provide a suitable place for diverse open and exploratory learning styles, so that children can learn in the nature.
▼阅读园顶视图，top view of the reading garden ©日野摄影
▼景观台阶一体化提供探索性的学习环境，integration of landscape and stairs creating a study environment to explore ©柏奇斯摄影
The playground area starts with landscape extension, functional supplementary, and scene reconstruction based on the integrity of space design. The site adopts new pervious material, coupled with ground safety performance testing and anti-skid treatment. Abundant sports equipment is added for diversified and efficient exercises. Children are encouraged to have sports and play in the zone, which has become a part of their daily life.
▼运动场区顶视图，top view of the playground area ©日野摄影
▼场地边的休息区，rest area beside the playground ©日野摄影
▼色彩鲜艳的运动场地，playground with vivid colors ©日野摄影
Colorful corridor with characteristics
The landscape design of corridor has multiple vertical traffic, which connects the courtyard on the first floor with the platform on the second floor closely. The pattern on corridor extracts the element of polyline style steps, uses red tones representing “enthusiasm” and “vivacity” in large area, which infuses color vitality into school buildings and inspires the nature of children for play.
▼连廊动线，corridor traffic flow ©GND杰地景观设计
Art boxes, outdoor platform, outdoor theatre, propaganda wall, and other scenes are set up, generating plentiful and interesting public spatial system and creating larger outdoor activity space for children.
▼艺术盒子和室外公共系统顶视图，top view of the art boxes and outdoor public spatial system ©柏奇斯摄影
▼室外公共空间，outdoor public space ©柏奇斯摄影
▼彩色的艺术盒子，colorful art box ©日野摄影
Entertaining roof that can be free to explore
The differentiated demands of different student groups on class are taken into consideration during the design and functional planning of space, to create colorful roof activity space such as activity terrace for playtime break, rest area, observatory, Rooftop farm, leisure space and roof basketball court, etc, so that the children can perceive education through experience and exploration.
▼鸟瞰，丰富的屋顶活动空间，aerial view of the colorful roof activity space ©柏奇斯摄影
▼屋顶活动，activities on the roof ©日野摄影
In the landscape design of this project, GND Design breaks the concept of the traditional campus, fully optimizes the space function and improves space utilization through design, providing a campus space that integrates art, technology, intelligence and multiple experience as a whole for teachers and students, and creating a campus of freedom, openness, communication and sharing in new era.
▼校园夜景，night view ©日野摄影
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©GND杰地景观设计
Project Name: Foshan Meisha Bilingual School
Owner: Vanke Foshan
Landscape design: GND Jiedi Landscape Design
Design content: full cycle design of school landscape
Project location: Foshan, Guangdong
Project area: 58480 square meters
Completion time: August 2020
Design cycle: 9 weeks
Owner team: Vanke Foshan Development Team
Chief Designer: Qiu Ge, Zhong Yongcheng, Li Bing
Concept design: Zhou Wen, Pan Fangyi, Nong Bo, Mo Benying, Liu Zhifeng, Liu Yun, Zuo Chaohui
Garden design: Yang Shuguang, Chen Chen, Huang Juan, Zhang Jie, Zheng Louhong
Plant design: Zeng Fengling, Liu Qin
Hydroelectric design: Zhou Peng, Hu Mingyao
Planning/Visual Effects: GND Construction
Project Photography: Riye Photography、 Boqisi Photography