Located on a rigorous central axis of Jiyang County, other than merely a landmark, the school with more than 3700 students have its own potential poetic quality and vitality. It brings a series of opportunities and challenges to designers to build a school compatible with the meticulous urban spatial axis and disorderly children activities.
▼清晨校园鸟瞰，aerial view to the school campus
The site is located on the north-to-south landscape axis in the center of new urban area of Jiyang. On the north-to-south urban axis, there are Jiyang County Government, Jibei Square, Jibei Park, Anda Urban Square and Jiyang Cultural and Sports Center. The site of the school is on the extending line of the axis. In order to conform to the urban environment, “Neutralisation” seems to be a rational choice. ‘Neutralisation, that is where the world is located; that is where everything grows from’. By the plane layout based on centralization and massing combination which are structured and magnificent, designers perfectly carry out the magnificence of urban axis in the two- and three-dimensional level. Besides, the beautiful vision about future made by children will be the emotional continue in the four-dimensional space.
▼城市轴线南节点，the site is located on the north-to-south landscape axis in the center of new urban area of Jiyang
As a picture coming into view, the entrance of the campus has impressive spatial hierarchy. The integrated main building and the grand steps strengthen the sense of order and occupy the center of the canvas. The backing massing accept everything in a peaceful manner. Therefore, children with backpacks have more expectation and reverence about seeking knowledge. Brave, practice, teaching and learning simultaneously along with traditional education of “Benevolence, Justice, Courtesy, Wisdom, Faith” will take root and grow there.
▼从操场望向综合楼，view to the integrated main building from the playground
▼综合楼外观，exterior view of the integrated main building
▼综合楼一角，a corner of the integrated main building
The core of a great school is to build a friendly, secure and mutually supportive environment, and respect is the most important principle of the environment. Respect is not to ignore the rational expression of each child, is to return children to birds and flowers, to wild interest, and to the playground where they can run enjoyaably. The campus is not only strictly symmetrical to adapt to the urban environment, but also reflects the core conception of Chinese painting: white space. On the axis of the school, there is integrated building and playground which takes up all the rest and create opportunity for the convergence of primary and secondary sections. Designers can’t design the games and routes children like, but can leave some unforgettable memories for them. Sometimes, the memory is just an unfettered open space, a tree, a garden where they can easily grab a sloppy earth and a relaxing physical and mental environment, though they look normal after these children grow up.
▼小学部教学楼，primary school building
▼小学部庭院，primary school courtyard
▼中学部教学楼，secondary school building
▼中学部庭院，secondary school courtyard
▼艺体中心，Arts and Sports Centre
Pupils prefer lively and diverse space. Skipping to school, chattering and gaggling during the break, chasing each other on the way home, all of these seem to constitute the whole memories about primary school. Designers create a paradise for children’s playing not by using symbolic and figurative techniques in general, but by overlapping the empty space of integrated building and the courtyard through multi-model space distribution to construct a scene of dream that is like a tunnel under mottled shade. Due to the need of multipurpose classroom, the secondary section consists of several courtyards and terraces which combine together to enlarge the public space and create more outdoors room for the interaction of different grades.
▼综合楼庭院，courtyard of the integrated main building
▼综合楼中庭，atrium of the integrated main building
Architecture is a compound body of rationality and sensibility, so designers should treat these two ways equally though different starting point certainly leads to different architecture performance. It is impossible to blur the distinction between rationality and sensibility, but designers would try best to approach the initial point of design to the nature of things, that is to strive for creating a unique memory for children in the tide of the steel and concrete.
▼傍晚的校园鸟瞰，aerial view of the school campus in the evening