Montage of Melodies School by Xiaoyi Ma

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Montage of Melodies

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
School

INSPIRATION:
Inspired by motion picture montage and music melodies, it is the design intention to create each small learning community with colors, forms and placemaking drastically different from one another and fill it to the existing architectural framework, even though the design logic is consistent: each community, highly open and adaptable, is designed to student age and learning program, with a feature community center, and able to be re-configured to meet ever-changing learning requirements.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Montage of Melodies, a proactive interior design approach to renovate the International School of Beijing, aims to transform this leading K12 school to the cutting edge of learning environment by replacing the over-unified, solemn institutional building with a versatile, dynamic learning center empowered by variety of age-appropriate, program-centered communities. All learning communities are imagined as music melodies, composing a unique montage to activate new order of school environment.

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 kindergartners 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:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Environmental-friendly, cost-effective and low-maintenance are keys to material selection. Low eaves, small fenestrations, simple forms, modest access colors and a large amount of wood and concrete finishes are utilized to create natural and relaxing ambience, counterbalancing the existing solemn environment. Movable partitions, vertically or horizontally operable, and loose furniture instead of fixed millwork, are employed universally to ensure the maximum flexibility of learning spaces.

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, Montage

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, Montage of Melodies, to transform it to the cutting edge of learning environment.

CHALLENGE:
It was a privilege to work with ISB educators and administrators whose visions in education complements the tremendous K12 design experience of the design team. The challenge came from the conflict of the limited budget and high expectation from each learning community that refused to compromise. The design team have successfully chosen the most cost-effective, environmental friendly and low-maintenance materials and methods to turn the design intent to the best reality.

ADDED DATE:
2021-02-22 13:31:28

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 (IAP) 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

Montage of Melodies School by Xiaoyi Ma is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Montage of Melodies School by Xiaoyi Ma is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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