Challenge: Concrete forest
The project is located in Chang’an District, the core area outside the North Second Ring Road of Shijiazhuang city. The original village on the site has been moved out, while the block on the west of the site has been filled with high-rise residential buildings. The planning of the block on the east is for residence as well, forming an urban area surrounded by high-rise residential buildings. In addition, the whole project is divided into two phases with different property de-velopers. The first phase includes the education facilities for 18 classes, and the second phase will reach the total 24 classes. In a high-density urban environment, the design challenge fo-cuses on creating a child-centered, flexible and innovative campus.
▼俯瞰校园，Look down to the school
Reflection: big and small
Walking in a densely forest, people are surrounded by tall trees as well as low trees, shrubs and mosses and other beautiful plants. Similarly, in megacities like Beijing or Tokyo, the con-struction of small-scaled elements is necessary to make people feel comfortable. Whether in the natural environment of leaves and branches, or in the urban environment of steel and concrete, the small-scale elements create an atmosphere of coziness and pleasance for people. Therefore, architects should learn from nature and introduce small-scale elements to high-density and large-scale urban forests, creating poetic and livable city environment. City con-struction is uncannily parallel in a way to the natural creation.
▼项目轴测图，Axonometric drawing of the project
Strategy: Small elements
▼项目中的“小元素”建筑，The “small element” buildings of the project
The site is surrounded by the densely urban environment, creating a depressing and indiffer-ent atmosphere. The design focuses on bringing in small elements to connect the site and the urban environment, creating a scale between people and cities. A collection of small brick buildings is oriented in a village-like layout, surrounding the Red Brick Plaza and the play-ground. This village-like campus reminds people the history of the site. Every corner of the vil-lage allows teaching and activities to unfold. The village campus provides a place for children to play, chase, and adventure, while recording their growth.
▼主校门，The main school gate
▼礼堂立面结构分析，Analysis diagram of the school hall’s facade
A series of brick houses dissolves the volume of the building. The design focuses on the rela-tionships between the units, rather than the form of the whole. The architects pay extra atten-tion to the particle-like characteristics of the brick itself, rather than the overall shape. Brick, as a traditional building material that can be held in the hand, is on the human scale. It fully demonstrates its independence and free expression as a particle in this project. With the un-derstanding of variation through parametric design tools, the architects explore ways of utiliz-ing the micro-scale elements to produce vague and indeterminate contours of the form.
▼由操场看向礼堂，A view from the playground to the school hall
The relationship between particles is loose and variable. Similarly, the relationship between the small-scale buildings is flexible according to their function and the site. This kind of loose and variable connection between buildings creates an innovative and unconventional spatial expe-rience. A collection of courtyards, corridors and terraces provides more possibilities for versa-tile activities. The loose arrangement of buildings creates a series of undefined space, allowing nature to interact with buildings as well as inspiring spontaneous behaviors and interaction among students.
▼教学区主入口立面分析，Analysis diagram of the main entrance of the teaching area
▼教学区主入口，The main entrance of the teaching area
The sculpture at the main entrance of the teaching area
▼教学楼立面，Teaching building facade
▼教学楼立面近景，Close shot of the teaching building facade
Variety and versatility exist naturally. Different brick buildings share similar internal logic, but they have independent functions. The advantage of the village-like arrangement is that, these individual units can be connected, interspersed or rotated as needed, and the arrange-ment is adaptable for future development and use. The village campus is designed to be dy-namic and versatile spatially to satisfy the sensational and behavioral needs of children.
▼建筑间的走道，The walkway between buildings
▼教学楼立面近景，Close shot of the teaching building facade
▼教学区主入口立面近景，Close shot of the main entrance facade
▼礼堂内景，Interior of the school hall
▼教学楼走廊内景，Interior of the corridor
▼校园夜景，Night view of the campus
▼建筑立面夜景，Night view of the building facade
▼手工模型，Hand made model
▼空间结构分析轴测图，Axonometric drawing of the spatial configuration
▼一层平面图，Ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，First floor plan
▼立面图1，Elevation drawing 1
▼立面图2，Elevation drawing 2
项目设计 & 完成年份：2020.02 – 2022.05
Project name: Vanke Shijiazhuang Feicuishuyuan（Heyuan Road） Primary School
Design year & Completion Year: 2020.02 – 2022.05
Lead Architect: Jiang Weiwei
Design Team: Jiang Weiwei,Tian Yu,Zhang Jiabin, Wu lingyu,Su Jing,Guo Xueyuan,Wang Xiaoran, Zhao zhangyu (internship), Lu Shun(internship)，Wei Zizhao
Project location: Shijiazhuang,Hebei
Gross Built Area (square meters) 11762㎡
Photo credits: Wang Kai
Design Consultant: Zu Dajun
Client: Shijiazhuang Vanke Wenze Real Estate Development Co., Ltd
Brands / Products used in the projrct: Metal roof-Huayuan Jiaye, Shale perforated brick-Xinshenglin, Imitation tile coating-Asia-Paint