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2014 Shunde, Guangdong, China
Community, Education, Multi-Residential
World Architecture Festival 2015 - Shortlisted for 'Completed Buildings - Schools'
The Plan Awards 2015 - Shortlisted for 'Education'
Singapore Design Awards 2015 - Awarded 'Asia's Top Design Practice'

Shunde Primary School

2014 Shunde, Guangdong, China
Community, Education, Multi-Residential
World Architecture Festival 2015 - Shortlisted for 'Completed Buildings - Schools'
The Plan Awards 2015 - Shortlisted for 'Education'
Singapore Design Awards 2015 - Awarded 'Asia's Top Design Practice'

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A campus as a second home.

  • Shunde Primary School is a new boarding school with an enrollment of 2400 students. For these young children, the campus is not only a place for classes; it is a second home. We started to think of the school grounds as memorable, formative spaces that backdrop moments of school life.

We wanted to give the school a strong character. The campus exterior is vivid terracotta, made of local bricks, and marked by white diamond patterns that give it a distinct and memorable identity.

The classroom and student residence blocks are connected on all levels by a series of bridges—these are requisite fire escape routes that children would, later in adulthood, remember as impromptu play spaces.

Shunde is a new school in a progressive and fast-changing Chinese city so it is important that the school is future-proof and adaptable for changing use. Having connected blocks gives the school the option to transition to flexible learning in time to come.

It might be said that Shunde is more than a facility for education; it is a studied intention for making memory, place, and, in various ways, the future.