Designed and revitalized by NODE Architecture & Urbanism (NODE), Nanqiao Academy stands as a pivotal urban renewal project in Fengxian District, Shanghai. It encompasses a comprehensive building covering 8,700 square meters, alongside an on-campus sports ground for the school, and a riverside landscape. The comprehensive building was completed and commissioned in 2021, and the on-campus sports ground and riverside landscape were completed in 2022, ready for operation. Nanqiao Academy sits within the Nanqiao Town of Fengxian, a locale that has its roots traced back to the waning years of the Tang Dynasty. The canal that meanders through this settlement was excavated during the Southern Song Dynasty, and the annals of its rich historical architecture encapsulate nearly a millennium of evolution. Winding streets from the Song Dynasty, ancient bridges from the Ming Dynasty, soy sauce breweries from the Qing Dynasty, garden residences of the early 20th century, and the erstwhile site of the Catholic priest’s residence that once turned into a command center during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression…diverse architectural gems from varying eras juxtapose to preserve a fraction of Nanqiao Town’s distinctive historical memory. Yet, as the boundaries of the old town expanded and modernization renovations unfolded throughout modern and contemporary times, traces of the past gradually faded into the ever-growing labyrinth of new streets and residential blocks. This urban renewal initiative not only strives to extract historical imprints and charm from the environment into reconfiguration, but it also seeks to reconsider the relationship of streets, canals, buildings, and communal amenities, thereby infusing novel functions and vitality into the community’s very fabric.
Ngabobo Village is located in Tanzania’s remote northern savanna, just 3 degrees south of the equator. Having a subtropical highland climate with mild annual temperatures ranging between 18 and 23°C, the plains between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro lie at an altitude of approximately 1100m. These plains are inhabited by Meru and Maasai communities.
Lovell International School, an international kindergarten in Pattaya, Thailand, is where children can play and learn among the trees. The existing trees on the site are aged mature trees, with the owner and designer’s main intention to keep most of them for the new school.
Zoning to create interaction among different age groups – This is a relocation and new construction project for a nursery school in Musashimurayama City, Tokyo. The area has a generous atmosphere, with residential areas spreading toward the Musashino Plateau and Sayama Hills. The previous building was a two-story RC structure, and children’s activities were divided between the upper and lower floors. The client wanted a one-story wooden structure for the new building to enrich the interaction and experiences of children of different ages. By placing the nursery room, hall, and other childcare functions on the first floor and the reception desk and other staff functions on the second floor, the zoning was designed to prevent the division of children’s activities and create an environment that facilitates interaction among different age groups.
The Elementary School of Szentpéterfa introduces a new model of school architecture in Hungary. Its intensive participatory design was complemented with years of multidisciplinatory research to implement a wide range of learning and social spaces. The school integrates indoor and outdoor learning landscapes, a learning canopy and two steps in the evolution of the classroom: the Alcoved Classrooms as the further development of the L-shaped classroom and the very first Turning Classrooms in the world.
Local studio Hacker Architects has renovated and expanded a 60-year-old athletic facility at the Oregon Episcopal School, aiming to make the building an “inclusive, equitable and future-forward campus hub”. The project – officially called the Oregon Episcopal School Athletic Center – sits within the campus of a co-ed private school in southwest Portland. The school
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La Piedra School is an architectural project for the Mapuche community of Ercilla, in the province of Temuco, the design arises from a respectful and deep dialogue with the community members, to understand and respect their cultural and spiritual particularities, proposing a school that meets their educational needs while preserving their identity as Mapuche people. From the beginning of our conversations, we understood that this school was a conventional educational establishment. It should reflect the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the Mapuche community; circumference, cardinal points and orthogonality are fundamental elements in their worldview.
‘S.M.A.R.T.’ Campus Combines Three Schools on One Site – The Agnews campus seamlessly integrates separate elementary, middle, and high schools on a single 55-acre site, which was once home to a historic mental health facility. The three schools share a common architectural language while maintaining individual identities through color, scale, and landscape. Proximity and shared-use spaces encourage staff and student peer mentoring and a sequenced curriculum.
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects has designed a school building that prioritises low-carbon solutions and water retention on restored woodlands outside of San Francisco. Called The Science and Environmental Center, the structure is an expansion of the campus for the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Silicon Valley. The campus comprises an 11,600-square-foot (1,077 square-metre) two-storey building on
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The project is located in the heart of the Frédéric Joliot-Curie high school, in the town of Dammarie-les-Lys (Seine et Marne). Built in 1965, it occupies a site of almost 5 hectares and consists of 6 buildings with a total built area of approximately 10,000 m². It is composed of 6 independent buildings.