Shanghai American School, Master Plan, Shanghai, China
The design team worked with the School to create an addition to its existing 400-student elementary and middle school to accommodate planned growth. The result is a plan that transforms the school into a 1,700-student, 53,000 square-meter school accommodating pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, complete with athletic facilities.
The elementary, middle, and high school areas of the campus each have their own private, grade-oriented courtyards and playgrounds. With space at a premium, the new facilities are three stories high in order preserve the recreational fields. Students enter the
campus at the southeast corner, passing under the new administrative wing before heading off to their individual schools. The first courtyard remains open, while the second courtyard has a roof, making it a general gathering space and lobby for the adjacent 700-seat theatre. The open recreational areas flow into four courtyards, which are an extension of the natural world. Portions of the courtyards are paved, with each developed to express a different mood.
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