Educational, training and research institutes
Concept The project is located at Sha Cheng, the center of Hualai city in the province he Hebei, China. 120km way from Beijing and at an altitude of 550m above sea level, the site is at a place where there are great mountains, nice air and extremely bright sun. The place is also known for its frequent and heavy wind. Instead of a single kindergarten, the project is actually a kindergarten complex consists of a kindergarten, a education center for children and residence for teachers. Complex programming and spatial organization The design began with the intention to put together the abovementioned programs into a unity while maintaining its operational independence. We introduced a continuous volume that meanders on the site to divide up the site into various zones specifi c for different functions. The education center, which are
open to the general public, were put on the north of the site to allow maximum public access to the main street with heavy traffi c. Main entrances of the kindergarten were put on the east side of the site, facing a minor street with less traffi c. Residences were put on the west side of the site in order to receive the best sunlight. The building masses in brown houses programs with less publicness such as classrooms, residences, offi ces and utility spaces while the building masses in white house public spaces that connects other programs. With the interwoven volumes of the brown and the white building masses, courtyards at various scales were inserted into the building at various locations such as entrance courtyard, delivery back court, side courts and etc. These courts perform as layers of buffer zones that mediate between the
exterior and the interior spaces and established spatial sequence entering the building. Pragmatically they also provided outdoor playground for kids in the summer and also allowed suffi cient natural lighting into the rooms. Blurring of circulation and communication spaces Since the project is located in northern China, it is particularly important to address the issue of playground spaces for kids during the winter season. In addtion to an outdoor playground, we proposed a 6-meter-wide-and-80-meter-long linear space that performs as an indoor multi-purpose playground for children and teachers. The conventional idea of small corridors were eliminated and substituted for a communal space that encourages communication and visual and audio connections. This linear multi-purpose playground connects all the classrooms in the kindergarten and up across all three levels through atriums. Kids can perform all kinds of activities ranging from badminton, dancing to riding bicycles. Along the two sides of this big linear playground, niches were created to provide space for kids to crawl, sit or read.
Gross Floor Area (mq)10044
Design teamOscar KO, Yunduan GU
Photo CreditsYunduan GU
Curriculum studio / partecipanteInterval Architects was co-founded by Oscar KO and GU Yunduan. Work of the office has received awards and nominations including the Perspective A&D China Award, HKDC Design for Asia Award (Merit Recognition), Re-Thinking Future Award (Honorable Mention), and nomination for The 3rd China Media Architecture Award (Best Architecture Award) and candidate project for 2A Asia Architecture Award. Interval Architects has also won prizes or shortlisted recognitions in competitions including a 2nd prize in Glass House Collection '13 competition, shortlisted entry for Spritual.d-Competition, shortlisted entry for Designboom Design for Death Architecture competition. Interval Architects has also been published internationally in media such as Domusweb, Designboom, Archdaily, Dezeen, Wallpaper China Edition, Perspective, d+a, CASE DA ABITARE(Chinese edition), Architecture & Culture, Taiwan Architecture, CONDE, Hinge, Gooood, China 1000, di, Landscape World, UED and etc.
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