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1 / 7 view of the valley from the gymnasium 從體育館望向峽谷

huachi school | 華池中學

Year | 年份: 2013
Location | 地點: Huachi, Gansu, China | 中國,甘肅,華池
Status | 狀態: competition | 競賽

Type | 類型: architecture | 建筑
Program | 功能: educational | 教育
Size | 規模: 70,000 sqm | 70,000 平米
Client | 業主: huachi government | 華池市政府

Team | 團隊: Chen Chen (陳忱), Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Dong (劉動)

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2 / 7 location and general plans 整體布局與場地方位

This project is the result of a competition in collaboration with JAL and partners.
The town of Huachi is located in the middle of a valley surrounded by steep mountains and the presence of a river along the East edge of the site creates a powerful natural context. Our design challenges the traditional volumetric fragmentation of a Chinese high-school campus to propose two large buildings that solve the whole program, achieving a scale that relates directly to the surrounding landscape.


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3 / 7 general section and view from the river 總體剖面與河對岸視角

A system of linear volumes articulates both the interior and the exterior circulation; the buildings bend and deform to create various courtyards with different degrees of intimacy and the architecture interweaves sectionally with the landscape, generating a series of specific spatial relationships. The volumes also shift at different levels and, together with an overhanging roof that echoes the local traditional architecture, they produce shaded spaces such as terraces and porches for the numerous outdoor activities. Both the buildings and the landscape are organized in bands across the campus, creating a dynamic system of open spaces with various pavements, planting, bioswales and play grounds.


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4 / 7 plans of the school building 教學樓平面

The school building is located in the South-East end of the site, in proximity to the main entrance, while the dorms are near the North-East corner. The two buildings are connected by a semi-underground volume that runs parallel to the East edge of the site, around 10m higher than the adjacent riverbed. The gym and the canteen are positioned along this corridor and are facing directly the river. A monumental overhanging roof produces a sort of cut in the topography, creating a protected terrace that overlooks the whole valley.


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5 / 7 playground and residence building 操場與宿舍樓

A series of perforations and sunken gardens allow a large quantity of light to penetrate the deep volumes and an exterior staircase connects directly to the sport-fields level. The different height requirements are reflected by the different levels of the upper deck, generating a fluid topography of ramps and grades that overlook the playground.


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6 / 7 main entrance 主入口
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7 / 7 view of the school building from the playground 操場視角的教學樓