Boxes and Yards Primary School by Xiaoyi Ma

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Boxes and Yards

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Primary School

INSPIRATION:
The learning community centered with a Grade Lounge constitutes the basic unit of space layout and provides a sense of home base, forming a series of boxes together with the library, gymnasium, canteen and other learning facilities. Triangular courtyards are created in between the rotated boxes, introducing ample natural light and ventilation inside. This generative design process, called as a Story of Boxes and Yards, has greatly enhanced openness and interactivity of learning spaces.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A Story of Boxes and Yards showcases the first public school in China designed for Learning Anywhere Anytime, which breaks through the finger plan and cell plus bell classroom layout in a traditional school. It is also the first school building in Beijing built in accordance with Passive House Standards. Despite of tight budget, with a multi-dimensional, multi-center system of learning communities, this school with a history of a hundred years has turned into a School of 21st Century.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The design team believes that design is an effective tool to make changes in education and future. Education philosophies such as multiple Intelligences by the famous educator Howard Gardener, Education as growth by John Dewey, and the best practice of small learning communities are well embedded in design. The school educators also embrace these concepts and complemented the work of designers with their visions and practice in education.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Story of Boxes and Yards, with another name, Huang Cheng Gen Primary School Changping Campus, is located in Changping District of Beijing, China. The project construction was completed in 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Although the wall finish is mostly latex paint due to tight budget, the building is dynamic and playful with rotated massing and spinning color blocks on walls and floors. The interior polygonal spaces, named as Hub of Intelligence, replacing corridors, serve as Lifestyle Center, Student Center, Makerspace, Cybercafe and other multipurpose learning centers for lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, performances, and project-based learning, achieving Learning Anywhere, Anytime.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Gross Built Area: 29,098 square meters

TAGS:
Education, Public school, Passive House, Learner-centered, Eco-friendly

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design team have fully implemented the methodology of learning communities to create a school for Learning Anywhere Anytime with a multi-dimensional and multi-center space system. Throughout the design process, the architectural concept was firmly rooted in the idea of education, and spatial layout was a priority over artificial forms. The design team was successful in creating a learning community that is highly versatile in its transparency, openness, interactivity and adaptability.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge came from the conflict of the tight budget and strict building code restrictions against the high expectation on transforming the school with a history of over 100 years to a genuine learner-centered School of the 21st Century. 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:
2021-02-24 08:47:55

TEAM MEMBERS (12) :
Xiaoyi Ma, Pengfei Chen, Jiajia Wang, Yan Xia, Renzheng Zhu, Yang Ming, Xuejiao Zhou, Chaoyi Meng, Yue Zhao, Yue Wu, Jiequn Liang and Lei Bao

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

Boxes and Yards Primary School by Xiaoyi Ma is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Boxes and Yards Primary School by Xiaoyi Ma is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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