Collage of Melodies International School by Xiaoyi Ma

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Collage of Melodies

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
International School

INSPIRATION:
As most project area is related to visual and performing arts, the design is inspired by image collage and musical melodies, complementing each other. Collage of Melodies treats each small learning community as an image independent and distinct from the overall school and fills it into the existing building framework, superseding it with diversified interior spaces, while the expansion building serpentines with highly consistent colorful and wood cladded envelop, producing a musical duet.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Collage of Melodies, a proactive architectural approach to expand and renovate the International School of Beijing, aims to motivate this leading K12 school to evolve to the cutting edge of learning environment. Enclosing variety of learning communities adaptable to student ages and learning programs, the expansion counterbalances and transforms the over-unified, solemn institution building to a versatile, dynamic education architecture with refreshing Collage of Art and Music Melodies.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project consists of 5 learning communities including Early Learning Community, ES Arts Center, ES Library, MS/HS Design Center and MS/HS Performing Arts Center, each represented by different educators and students, with whom the design team worked closely to establish design strategies together. The collaboration was successful in methods of questionnaires, focus group discussion, design charette, and etc. The designer even worked with kindergarteners to observe their feedbacks.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The International School of Beijing (ISB) is located in Shunyi District of Beijing, China. The design was commenced in May 2017 followed by construction, lasting for a total duration of nearly three and half years. In September 2020, ISB moved its students and faculties into the newly expanded and renovated facility.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The vertical sunshades of building enclosure are composed of natural wood-veneer resin panels and colorful Trespa panels to block out excessive sunlight and reduce energy consumption. The seemingly random angles of sunshades are compiled using software based on a piece of music, while the mixed colors are imagined as liquid paint dripping on the wood facade by a mischievous young child.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site Area: 133,333 m2 Existing Building Area: 54,087 m2 Expansion Building Area: 11,079 Square m2 Architectural & Interior Design Area: 16636 m2 Building Height: 24 m School including: Early Year 3 through Grade 12

TAGS:
K12, Education, International School of Beijing, Renovation, Collage, Musical

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The first international school established in Beijing, ISB is composed of 1,650 students from EY3 to G12 representing 50 countries. The existing building with over-unified spaces is unable to represent the diversity of students and learning programs that are critical to curriculum innovation. The designers, in collaboration with educators and administrators, have implemented a proactive architectural approach, Collage of Melodies, to transform it to the cutting edge of learning environment.

CHALLENGE:
The cooperation with ISB is very pleasant, with our experience and the full communication with educators, the design scheme can be in good agreement educators most of the time. The biggest challenge we meet is that the cost exceeds the standard while each team wants the perfect building space. We try to choose low-cost but high-quality materials to achieve the expected effect. How to achieve the maximum value of the actual building with low cost is the biggest challenge we meet.

ADDED DATE:
2021-02-20 14:48:22

TEAM MEMBERS (18) :
Xiaoyi Ma, Jiajia Wang, Pengfei Chen, Yan Xia, Yang Ming, Xuejiao Zhou, Chaoyi Meng, Weihui Yan, Renzheng Zhu, Jing Wang, Xiaoang Li, Xuan Zhang, Haining Gu, Jing Zhu, Jiayi Wu, Yajuan Li, Yue Zhao and Min Shao

IMAGE CREDITS:
Zhi Xia

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.iapractice.com
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
INCLUSIVE ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE

PROFILE:
Inclusive Architectural Practice is a pioneer global architectural design firm focused on K12 design innovation. Established in 2014, with designers from China, U.S. and Europe, IAP provides integrated design in architecture, interiors, landscape, and graphics for education, cultural, research and commercial facilities. At IAP we have faith that Inclusion Inspires Innovation. Through continuous dialogues with project stakeholders, IAP strives to design to environmental, social, and economic standards – the triple bottom line, bringing cutting-edge concepts, artistic experience, and humanity values to each project. For education projects, we believe that every student is unique and the best way of learning is different to each. The inclusive learning communities design by IAP are highly versatile and adaptable in scale, shape, materials, colors, connectivity, methods of exhibition, levels of comfort and other aspects related to learning and teaching environment, aiming to provide each learner with the most comfortable way to get himself/herself emerged in and focused on learning.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Collage of Melodies International School by Xiaoyi Ma is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Collage of Melodies International School by Xiaoyi Ma is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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