Chengdu International School
Architect: Perkins Eastman Architects
Location: Chengdu, China
Award of Merit
This structure was transformed from an elementary school for Chinese students to an international school providing a Western-based educational model for foreign nationals.
Born out of a need to accommodate a growing enrollment and expanding curriculum, Chengdu International School transformed a newly constructed structure from its original intended use—as an elementary school for Chinese students—to an international school, grades Pre-K thru 12, providing a Western-based educational model for foreign nationals living in China.
The conversion of the 15,910-square meter, five-story building was extensive and highlighted the spatial, organizational, and cultural differences between a Chinese teaching model. Drawing upon the rich use of color and frames in traditional Chinese architecture, a language of wrapping planes enfold non-programmed and shared community space.
Well executed renovation of classroom spaces. Thoughtfully planned classrooms handle storage, wet zones and collaboration in playful yet functional composition. The use of color is well-handled. New enclosed entry/lobby is a dramatic change and impactful use of previously unattractive and under-utilized space. Although at first glance, it comes across as a traditional double loaded corridor, the architects provide varying and rich learning environments that support team teaching, and personalized learning and spaces that can make learning fun.