Tian Tai No.2 Primary School
The project for the TianTai No.2 Primary School strives for a unique design that will serve as a model school which provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. The project effectively solving the problem of land shortage in the old city.
The 200m running track calls for 40% of the land if we put the playground on the ground as the normal way, then the space of the campus will be very cramped. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure students a playground to have sports and activities. With land scarce, the 200m running track was projected onto the roof level, giving an additional 3000+ sqm of usable area on the ground as well as the oval shape of the school building, creating a sense of inwardness and security for the students.
Lifting the running track also allows for a total project height of 4 floors instead of 5 as originally required, creating a more harmonious relationship between the new school and the surrounding urban context. In order to create more available green courtyard spaces, the building is twisted about 15 degrees, creating smaller pockets of space between the site wall and the exterior envelope.
The rooftop track has 3 layers of guardrail to guarantee the safety of students. The exterior layer is 1.8m high tempered glass wall, the middle layer is 50cm wide green belt, the interior layer is 1.2m high stainless steel guardrail. For the issue of noise, the spring cushions are put every 50x 50cm under the plastic track, thus reducing the further kinetic noise by means of the double-layer structure.
Project name: TianTai No.2 Primary School
Architecture design: LYCS Architecture
Location: Tiantai, Zhejiang, China
Project Team: Ruan Hao, Zhan Yuan, Gary He, Shanliang Jin, Lina Chen
Project Period: Design 2012, Construction 2013-2014
Size: 10190.36 sqm
Architect of Record: Zhejiang University Urban Research & Design Institute
About LYCS Architecture
LYCS Architecture, founded in 2010, is an international practice based in Hangzhou and Hong Kong. The firm engages in cutting-edge architectural design as a pioneer of cultural and creative industries in China and internationally. The firm is committed to both the ever-evolving demands of architectural design theory and practice as a function of our society. We are invested in the critical issues of building design, urban development, and construction in China, and the design demands that an innovative design synthesis requires for international quality. The firm is currently developing designs for high-end residential projects, five-star hotels, high-end clubs, green and energy efficient office buildings, ecologically sensitive urban landscape plans, art galleries, and more. These projects are located throughout China, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Sanya, and others.
LYCS Architecture’s designs were awarded ”2014 A+Award the ‘Jury Winner’ of Office Interior Design” , 2013 Chinese Architectural Art ‘Young Designers Prize’, the Azure Magazine’s 2011 AZ “People’s Choice” Award, 2011 International Modern Decoration Media Award, 2010 French CA’ASI “New Chinese Architectural Design Award”, and shortlisted 2013 “LEAF Interior Design Awards” and “2012 World Architecture News – Best Residential Design” ,to name a few. The firm also participated in the 2013 Design Shanghai Exhibition and 2008,2010, 2014 International Architecture Exhibition at the 11th,12th,14th la Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.
About RUAN Hao, Principal
RUAN Hao received his Master of Architecture Degree from Princeton University School of Architecture. He also holds a M. Arch and B. Arch degree of architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing and was one of the youngest Visiting Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He teaches at China Academy of Art School of Architecture
Hao is the curator of the themed exhibition – “Tracing the City”, 2013 Design Shanghai. He was honored as the “2013 China Interior Design Ten Figures” and nominated as Images Publishing’s “50 Under 50”. He was also honored as the youngest “Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leaders” in Seoul 2006, and “Goldman Sachs Global Leaders” in New York 2005.
Prior to founding LYCS Architecture in 2010, Hao had worked in SHoP Architects in New York, Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou and Preston Scott Cohen Inc in Cambridge. Hao is also an architecture critic with writings published on AREA, Time Architecture, Daylight and Architecture, World Architecture and Art4D. He was one of the authors of “Design for China”.