Architect In Charge: Wei Wang
Design Team: Wei Wang, Zhaopeng Wu, Shijun Wei, Liwei Qian
Engineering: Zhejiang jixiang construction group company
Landscape: The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, Wangwei studio
Client: Fuwen Township, Chun'an County, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Text description provided by the architects. China’s rural schools are disappearing with the rapid speed of urbanization process. this primary school is one of these schools. It is one of the"backward schools" in the remote countryside, with outdated facilities and insufficient teachers. The key goal of this project is to make them possible to provide better education and better environment.
The original school is like most schools in China, all school buildings are lack of imagination and no connection to the natural environment. The design was inspired by the grey-red pitched roof and rolling hills, which in this school are most familiar with.Ladders, rope bridges, slopes and corridors form a stereo channel looks like a winding road in mountains. It interwoven with bamboo forest, fruit trees, mountain flowers and small pool.
The stereo channel connects the various themed cottages of different elevations and children’s scales-classrooms, reading, games, communication exploration and observation into a magical new world of miniature mountain villages. The rebuilt school is more like a kind home where children grow up freely in nature.
Although it is located in rural areas, the project does not adopt a local, low-tech"conventional"construction method. it tries to combine efficient economical and environmentally modern prefabricated lightweight structures with appropriate traditional craftsmanship, and expect new types to emerge.
The variety of red,purple series of polycarbonate panels, roof combined with local broken tile mosaic technology, terrazzo flooring, wood plastic board imitates bamboo, and free folding windows and doors combining created a children’s world that they could talk with mountains, skylights, breeze, and stars. As result, together created a healthy, artistic, natural place for living. This is what children, teachers and parents want and what is shortage from most urban and rural schools.