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Tiantai No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

  • 00:00 - 29 September, 2014
Tiantai No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture
Tiantai No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture, © Yu Xu
© Yu Xu

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +28

  • Project Team

    Ruan Hao, Yuan Zhan, Gary He, Shanliang Jin, Lina Chen
  • Architect of Record

    Zhejiang University Urban Research & Design Institute
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© Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

From the architect. The project for the TianTai No.2 Primary School strives for a unique design that will serve as a model school which provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. The project effectively solving the problem of land shortage in the old city.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The 200m running track calls for 40% of the land if we put the playground on the ground as the normal way, then the space of the campus will be very cramped. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure students a playground to have sports and activities. With land scarce, the 200m running track was projected onto the roof level, giving an additional 3000+ sqm of usable area on the ground as well as the oval shape of the school building, creating a sense of inwardness and security for the students.

© Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

Lifting the running track also allows for a total project height of 4 floors instead of 5 as originally required, creating a more harmonious relationship between the new school and the surrounding urban context. In order to create more available green courtyard spaces, the building is twisted about 15 degrees, creating smaller pockets of space between the site wall and the exterior envelope.

© Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

The rooftop track has 3 layers of guardrail to guarantee the safety of students. The exterior layer is 1.8m high tempered glass wall, the middle layer is 50cm wide green belt, the interior layer is 1.2m high stainless steel guardrail. For the issue of noise, the spring cushions are put every 50x 50cm under the plastic track, thus reducing the further kinetic noise by means of the double-layer structure.

© Yu Xu
© Yu Xu
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Andrei K · November 19, 2015

If only there was one single tree on the entire school premises.

Vega Aravena José Miguel · October 14, 2014

Anyone noticed that the final track only has 5 lanes, and that the plans have 6 lanes?, i bet that the position and size of the elevators obstructed them to paint the 6th lane.

Michela Pacco · October 04, 2014

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition takes place from 7 June to 23 November 2014 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues (Preview on 5 and 6 June) and in various other venues in Venice.

EMGdotART, a privately funded foundation, brings over 10 Chinese individuals and organizations to the exhibition to showcase the Chinese thoughts on this year’s theme: Fundamentals.

The exhibition is titled as "Adaptation: architecture and change in China" and the curators are Marino Folin & MovingCities.

Wang Shuo in Beijing, Zhao Yang in Dali and Ruan Hao in Hangzhou are three of the young elites.

Video: Huan CAO

Producer: Flora Yue

Co-produced by China Daily Video & EMGdotART Foundation

zilong · October 03, 2014

That's a really brilliant idea. The design itself is proving a smart way to due with the chaotic urban prospect of China. However the school building might cause a negative sun shading impact to the nearby residential buildings.

Anyway, good project.


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天台第二小学 / LYCS Architecture