Resistance is possible
Foster a forest for our children, and nature will be the best teacher.
Guan Pu Primary School is located in eastern Hsinchu City, a district with plans for rezoning. It is surrounded by both high-rise buildings and old communities, and neighbors the Leng Shui Keng River. Classroom units are divided into sizes recalling the scales of surrounding large trees. Deliberately avoiding identifiable forms, it is evenly distributed resembling a large horizontal forest. The perception of resistance to the surrounding buildings was unavoidable. We hope to reconstruct the landscape prior to redistricting so that the classrooms may freely rise and fall with it, and that the second floor may have the same vast space as the ground floor.
Getting rid of limitations is to reimagine
The new generation of schools should learn from nature. They should allow classrooms to loosen and become free like the ecology in the woods. Classrooms of Guan Pu, like trees in a forest, are distanced enough that the wind may flow between them. The space will become more continuous because wind and sound is involved. Learning in Guan Pu is like breathing occurring everywhere.
Flow of relations
Spacious, slightly undulating corridors run between loose classrooms, where children enjoy playing. Thin and light eaves stretch outwards, creating flat and long horizontally extending spaces. Breaking the barriers between floors, strong vertical relationships are produced of sight, sound and flow of people. Guan Pu Primary School is a playground in which there is freedom to run up and down, fostering a community always full of joy even for parents, teachers and community residents. It is here that they may reflect on their thoughts and experience their profound freedom.
Through the empty classrooms, let us see each other.
Through the spaces between the classrooms, let the children play creatively.
Through the vast, shadowy expanse of the black wall, let the children abandon their material and enjoy abstraction and tolerance.
Through the cities that know each other, let us enrich the communication between campus boundaries and look forward to contributing to the community.
Live in nature
Hsinchu is famous for its strong winds, and we designed an enveloped shape to slightly resist it. Furthermore, by making use of Bernoulli's principle, a ventilation tower is added to block the sound of cars. The classrooms are scattered enough that the wind may still blow in for the children to hear and allowing them to play in the wind. In a high-density developing city, the future Guan Pu Primary School will have a large area of trees and grassland, without distinction between the indoors and outdoors, becoming the most comfortable urban forest in the Guan Pu area.