▼东南向鸟瞰，aerial view from southeast
Yangzhong Foreign Language School Branch Campus is located in the western suburb of Yangzhong City, Jiangsu Province. It covers an area of about 10 acres and is a newly established public junior high school with 30 classes. The site boundary is an irregular polygon defined by the surrounding existing conditions. The scheme is to arrange the required large sports field along the east side of the site. The main building, located on the middle and west part of the site, utilizes a compact learning complex mode, integrating all diverse programs that a modern school needs into one singular building, to minimize the building footprint and meanwhile improve the accessibility of each space. Through such overall space organization, we hope to emphasize the integrity of essential-quality-oriented education.
Anchoring the new building on its site
▼校园与城市的关系分析，campus and urban context
The initial question for the design was where to start the scheme for this newly expropriated flat farmland, with the surrounding roads still on the planning phase. If the memory of the site is erased, how can we build a campus that has a spiritual atmosphere? We put the building in a larger context and consider the relationship between the campus and the city. The design and its spatial quality originated from the concave arc spaces of the three main facades of the building, corresponding to the main entrance plaza on the south side, the abandoned old junior high school campus buildings across the road further south, the existing river on the northwest side, the sports field on the east side, and the Lianfeng Port River and the downtown area further east. Through the dialogue with urban landscapes and site memories, the new campus began to build its own unique sense of place.
▼西侧鸟瞰，aerial view from west
▼建筑立面形成三个内凹的弧线空间，the facades of the building create three main concave arc spaces
The learning complex building consists of three courtyard-style blocks and a central connection block. According to the different functional needs, three courtyard blocks are respectively for the general learning zone, the laboratory zone and the art education zone. The central connection block, which we call the campus center, has an open exhibition space on the ground piloti floor, the administration offices and reception area on the second floor, a library on the third floor, and a roof garden on the fourth floor. This is the campus center both physically and spiritually. The atrium patio in the middle of the campus center is a place of serenity and peacefulness. The sunlight through the top opening of the patio moves slowly across the atrium. A spiraling stair takes people from the ground floor to the roof garden.
▼黄昏下的教学综合楼，exterior view of the learning complex building
▼从运动场看教学综合楼，view to the learning complex building from the playground
▼综合楼立面，统一体系下的灵活构成，the learning complex building facade
▼二层平台联系教学区与运动场，the learning building is linked to the playground by the platform on the 2nd level
▼从底层仰视中庭，looking up to the atrium from the ground floor
▼亦动亦静的中庭天井，the atrium area with a dynamic but quiet atmosphere
▼沿着天井楼梯可攀升至屋顶花园，a spiraling stair takes people from the ground floor to the roof garden
▼中庭天井与二层公共平台便捷联系，the atrium is conveniently connected with the platform on the 2nd floor
▼图书馆围合下的内中庭，the internal atrium enclosed by the library
▼图书馆内景，透过U型玻璃的柔和光线，the U-shaped glazing brings soft light to the library
▼图书馆空间本身成为不同教学区之间的连接体，the library becomes a connector for different learning zones
Large volume programs such as the lecture hall, gymnasium and cafeteria are hidden on the bottoms of two enclosed courtyards, and their roofs serve as platforms for group events, providing space for students to have breaks or outdoor activities.
▼报告厅内景，the lecture hall
▼从二层内廊俯瞰体育馆，view to the gymnasium from the internal corridor on the 2nd floor
▼下部为餐厅的二层活动平台，activity platform on the 2nd floor
▼以城市为远景的三层活动平台，the platform on the 3rd floor, with an urban view as the background
▼教学区合院外廊，休息平台成为观察城市的窗口，the external corridors create terraces to frame the city scenery
The compact mode of the building has earned the campus a larger outdoor landscape and sports venue area. The school’s plantation is located on the west edge of the campus, and it is a buffer and interaction zone between the school and the neighboring community. Carefully created plantations and water features extend into the courtyard through the ground piloti floor. We initially proposed to take the unique directional texture of the farmland of the site as the landscape planning design basis, in order for students to learn the history of this piece of vanishing farmland, however this proposal was not able to be realized.
▼西侧种植园从底层架空空间延伸进合院内部，the plantation extends into the courtyard through the ground piloti floor
Perform Design Studio did not participate in the interior design and landscape design of the project, and there were some regrets over the selection and detailing of the final materials, for example the roof garden, which was far from the lush feeling we originally envisioned. However, the final completion of the project still makes us feel gratified. We hope that this campus building which is unlike those typical ones in the local area could bring some new inspirations to people. The school’s third level viewing platform is one of our favorite spaces. Looking east from the platform through its gigantic horizontal opening, in the distance, numerous tower cranes seem to suggest the process of urbanization has not yet slowed down, while in the foreground, the communication scenes of students and their laughters are perhaps the most appealing landscape on campus.
▼与运动场相匹配的综合楼空间尺度，the learning complex building fits in the scale of the playground
▼夜景下的运动场及综合楼，night view of the learning complex building and playground
▼整体东向轴测图，axon – east
▼分层轴测图，axon – floor plan
▼二层平面图，2nd floor plan
▼三层平面图，3rd floor plan
设计团队：孙涛 邱佳豪 孙朝良 徐淑洁 王骞 谭志勇 陈舒凯
U型玻璃 – 云华
铝合金外窗 – 广田
外墙涂料 – 东瀛
Project name: Yangzhong Foreign Language School Branch Campus
Design Firm: Perform Design Studio
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design year: 2015-2016
Completion year: 2018
Leader designer: Qian Li
Team: Tao Sun, Jiahao Qiu, Chaoliang Sun, Shujie Xu, Qian Wang, Zhiyong Tan, Shukai Chen
Project location: Gongxing River Road, Yangzhong, Jiangsu, China
Gross Built Area: 27000 sm
Photo credits: Lian He
Executive Architect: Jiangsu Haodu Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Interior Design: Jiangsu Haodu Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Client: Yangzhong Education Bureau
Material and Brands:
Channel Glass – Yunhua
Aluminum Window – Guangtian
Exterior Painting – Dongying