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A village to Raise a Child as School Architecture-Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School


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Huang Wenjing Dezeen, co-founder of Open Architecture, China aimed to design a school structure just opposite to the megastructure concept of school. The design was inspired from an African Proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child. 

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Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe Internation School, Shanghai, China is a not so common splendid architecture designed by the Chinese studio Open Architecture. The concept welcome more richer and varied learning experience to the students and teachers.

Lead Architects: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing

Facilities of Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School 


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  1. 5-storey high buildings
  2. Area 66000 m2
  3. Occupy 2000 students aged between three and fifteen
  4. Its a 50,000 square meter urban block
  5. Incorporated 24-class kindergarten, 30-class primary school and 24-class junior high school
  6. Other buildings on campus have gym, canteen, halls, swimming pools and dining areas
  7. Student dormitories are contained with a pair of rounded structures, which take a plan of eight in top view.
Image Credits: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Features of Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School 

 Lets look into the features of this amazing school building:

  1. The school structure is a combination of several unusual structures that includes theatres and library known as the "blue whale", with multi-faceted art centre building and organically shaped kindergarden. This is a turn back from the concept of homogeneous megastructure typology.
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  1. The school environment offers different types of spatial experience that help improve chid's development.
  2. Kindergarten has its own self-contained building. The primary and junior high school classrooms are clustered together in a series of six cube-shaped blocks.

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