As you may know we entered a competition for the design of a 158 000sqm school project named Wenzhou International School, located on the south-east shore of China.
This boarding school is divided into two plots, one dedicated to the teaching areas and the other to the living areas. It hosts a high school and a middle school, including also both an outdoor and indoor sport complex, an office area and a conference center.
The design of the masterplan is a unique blending of tradition and art : the three rectangular key buildings have been inspired by the Wenzhou Guzhi, a traditional Chinese musical instrument, and the general organization of the site has been inspired by the artworks of the famous artist Mondrian following the idea to create a very functional and rational distribution of the flows inside the site and create a unique colorful pattern for the project.
The facade has been designed to be a perfect mix of tradition and innovation as the school is as well for its students.
The first two levels are built as brick wall enriched by openings, perforations and three-dimensional patterns, they resemble the strong and solid teaching tradition of the school and of the Chinese country.
The upper-floors are a light and bright combination of glass and aluminum panel providing all the necessary daylight using the minimum amount of glass. This part resembles the innovation and the bright future ahead of students and school.
The school bird-view
The school from the South angle
The school from the North-West angle
The school from the South-East angle
The master plan