Ningbo British International School is a comprehensive international school specially established for the children of foreigners and people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who come to work in Ningbo. The school accommodates 45 classes with a total of 1000 students and 100 staff; It covers four teaching stages for children aged 3 to 18 (pre-kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school).
The campus covers an area of 23,000 square metres, with a total construction area of 32,900 square metres. Located west of Jianlan Road, north of Guanghua Road and south of the University of Nottingham Ningbo Affiliated Secondary School.Because of the small size of the campus plot and the lack of outdoor sports space, it is connected to the high school on the opposite side of the river to the north by two steel pedestrian bridges in order to share its sports field.
▼校园整体鸟瞰，A bird’s-eye view of the school
Traditional campus design has a number of shortcomings such as monotonous forms, closed spaces and poor atmosphere. We want to create an international, atmospheric, personalised and shared educational space to upgrade the campus design.
Taking full account of the surrounding environment and the shape of the site, the teaching building is placed in the north side of the site near the river. The buildings are distributed around the site, and a main square is enclosed in the middle. The enclosed form defines the space, and the enclosed space is cohesive, defined and private. Considering that the school will be operated in a purely British education system, the building design is open, personalised and diversified to create a complex space that responds to the demands of international education in the campus space.
The teaching area composed of No. 1 and 2 teaching buildings and public teaching buildings is mainly distributed in the north and west, and the east side is the dormitory building and comprehensive supporting facilities (indoor sports field, canteen and rooftop basketball court, etc.). Each building single through the second floor platform and connecting corridor series into a whole. The ground floor should be set up with as much overhead space as possible to meet the needs of student activities, traffic routes and bus stops.
The architects believe that the reform of educational guiding ideology brings about the reform of teaching methods, which inevitably puts forward new requirements for teaching space. The elements of campus design can be divided into basic teaching environment and interpersonal communication environment.These two basically constitute the indoor and external environment of the campus.
Basic Teaching Environment
Basic teaching environment with emphasis on internal relationships. The teaching building has an atrium layout, with different scales of stairs providing walking and discussion Spaces, bringing in natural light and reducing building energy consumption.
▼教学楼中庭空间，Teaching building atrium space
▼节能及运营成本，Energy savings and operating costs
校园主要划分为东侧教学区及西侧生活配套区两大块。教学区北侧为1号教学楼，主要用于幼儿及小学教学；南侧的 2号教学楼，2 层以下为行政办公楼层，3 层及以上主要用于初中高中教学，在资源共享的同时，也使得教学和行政空间巧妙划分。一层的行政大厅与校园主入口呼应，营造无边界学习空间，师生们可以进行聊天、讨论、休息，营造了自由、开放的教学氛围。
The campus is divided into two parts: teaching area on the east side and living area on the west side. The north of the teaching area is No. 1 teaching building, mainly used for children and primary school teaching; No. 2 teaching building on the south side is the administrative office floor below the second floor, and the third floor and above is mainly used for middle and high school teaching. While sharing resources, it also makes the teaching and administrative space skillfully divided. The administration hall on the first floor echoes the main entrance of the campus, creating a borderless learning space where teachers and students can chat, discuss and rest, creating a free and open teaching atmosphere.
▼行政大厅，The hall space
A large stage is set up in the multi-function hall to meet the needs of international schools to report more performances. The stairs are used to ensure clear sight, while the elevated bottom brings sunlight to the kindergarten classroom on the first floor.
▼多功能厅，The multi-function hall
Interpersonal communication environment
Interpersonal communication environment, emphasizing outdoor activities and interpersonal communication.
The basketball court is introduced into the roof of the third floor of the complex building, which not only strengthens the connection with the surrounding sports field, but also introduces the sports elements into the platform, making the overall platform colorful and more vibrant.
▼屋顶篮球场，Rooftop basketball court
60M 跑道布置在 1 号教学楼一层架空层，综合楼布置屋顶篮球场机室内活动场，尽可能的在局促的用地范围内提供更多的活动空间。
The 60M runway is arranged on the overhead floor of the first floor of No. 1 teaching building, and the basketball court on the roof of the complex building is arranged to provide more activity space within the limited land use as far as possible.
▼一层架空区，First floor overhead area
We adopt a modern British architectural style to reflect the English “international” school attributes and establish a connection with the surrounding buildings (UNNCAHSl).
The building as a whole is designed in a modern British façade style to show the international character of the school, with a balance of modern and traditional shapes. The façade is mainly made of red stone tiles and is partially embellished with grey aluminium panels. In terms of detail treatment, modern British elements such as unique concave Windows and double slope metal roof are used to depict the building blocks, creating a school building with practical and British characteristics and perfect coordination with the surrounding buildings.
▼沿河鸟瞰，Riverside aerial view
▼沿河视角，The river view
▼沿街视角，The street view
▼中心广场视角，View from Central Square
A school is not only a space for education, but also a space for students to remember their childhood. It is with this intention that the British International School Ningbo has created a humanistic place which is suitable for international education, different from the traditional campus, and can provide more communication and activity space for teachers and students.
▼鸟瞰 校园与周边城市肌理，Aerial view campus and the surrounding city texture
▼一层平面图，First floor plan
▼二层平面图，Second floor plan
▼三层平面图，third floor plan
▼六层平面图，Sixth floor plan
▼屋顶层平面图，Roof floor plan
Project name:Ningbo British International School
Project type: Educational building
Design:Ningbo Architectural Design & Research Institute LTD
Leader designer/Project leader:Zhou Teng
Architectural Design: Xu Dibiao, Wang Wendi, Zhang Qin, Li Jie, Li Zhiqiang
Structure Design: Wang Zhisong, HUANG Huiping, Kong Shuqing, Song Guangyuan
Water and Electricity Heating Design: Pan Xinger, Qi Wensheng, Li Dong, Yan Cuiping, Tao Jinjian
Weak Current Design: Madic
PC Design: Ma Jiongyi, Wang Jue
Decoration Design: Zheng Kejie, Yan Chen, Li Xiankai
Landscape Design: Chen Junqin
Curtain wall Design: Jiang Chuanxing, Bao Kebin
Sponge Design: Qi Wensheng
Municipal Design: Zhang Qinjian, Zhang Zhiwei
Design Resident: Cen Shaoni
Project location:Ningbo National High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Zhejiang Province
Gross built area: 32742.25㎡
Photo credit: Lin Song
Clients:Zhejiang Wanli Education Group