Atelier Li Xiaodong completes the open and interactive Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE)

Atelier Li Xiaodong completes the open and interactive Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE)

2 Aug 2021 News

In the sub-tropical city centre of Shenzhen, the Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE) by Atelier Li Xiaodong is designed to accommodate over 2000 students and 200 teachers. With a site area of approximately 20,000 m2 and a required floor area of over 100,000 m2, a plot ratio approaching almost five posed a great challenge for the architects in terms of providing enough sports facilities within the tight campus while at the same time allowing for cross-ventilation and an open feeling. 

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Due to space constraints, the sports program was divided into sixteen different units which are incorporated into the building complex on a variety of different levels, adding flexibility, playfulness, interaction, efficiency and a unique experience across the campus. Sky gardens, in both living quarters and educational buildings, are distributed throughout to provide breathing corners.

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Rather than presenting itself as an isolated ivory tower, the architects explain that the complex is open and interactive with the city. With no solid walls, there is a feeling of blurred edges throughout. 

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Further to this, most programs are lifted on a podium, giving more open air space for activities while at the same time creating a natural retreat in the school. A vertical green system is introduced to provide sun shading and a close relationship with the natural environment. 

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Ultimately, the design results in an accommodating place that unifies the program and people in an organic manner. 

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