Jiangbei Foreign Language School / DC ALLIANCE

Jiangbei Foreign Language School / DC ALLIANCE

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Ningbo, China
  • Architects: DC ALLIANCE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  42000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs photographs:  Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong

Text description provided by the architects. Different from the traditional horizontal layout of all the functions for a school,  in this project we try to set up a vertical layout basing on the overall application of central air-conditioning, which is not common in school projects in China. This brings in a new spatial logic and creates a kind of ‘diffuse’ publicity in the campus.

© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong

The overall application of central air-conditioning makes all-day indoor activity possible. Thus more attention should be paid to the inside of the building while energy exchange with the outside world is lessened, and more complex and constant indoor communications be encouraged. Therefore the campus becomes an integrate building instead of a cluster of buildings and therefore the publicity of the open space is emphasized. Under this circumstance, the design adopts an so-called “sandwich” strategy and divides the space into three layers- the layer of common classrooms and public space sandwiched by two layers of normal classrooms. Different from the traditional horizontal layout, this “sandwich” layout conveys a sense of intimacy between the normal classrooms and the public space in vertical ways.

© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong

Affiliated to the celebrated Huizhen Education Group, the project aims to keep to its academic tradition. The functions of traditional academies are deconstructed and transformed. The space sequence of courtyards is preserved and reconstructed while the symmetrical layout is translated in an implicit way. An academy is a community. The space here serves communication and common life.

© Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong

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Cite: "Jiangbei Foreign Language School / DC ALLIANCE" 11 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/780134/jiangbei-foreign-language-school-dc-alliance> ISSN 0719-8884
© Lyu Hengzhong

江北外国语学校 / DC国际建筑设计事务所

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