As one of China’s first-tier cities and hi-tech capitals, Shenzhen is facing due to its rapid population expansion an overall public-school shortage. Pingshan District (established in 2017) was predicting for autumn 2018 highly exceeding student enrollment numbers, which led the government to approve rather quickly several Prefab school projects to be completed within about a year of construction.
Crossboundaries, having already made a name for itself with other school architecture projects in China, developed as of June 2018 the 36-classroom Jinlong School & Campus, seeing it as another opportunity to contribute to a project of significant social impact.
Crossboundaries’ challenge was also very intriguing: to be as creative as possible, within a manifold of limitations in budget & timing, a very small site area of roughly 16,000m2, the mandatory use as many prefab components and metal composite elements as possible – and at the same time to integrate all the necessary functions for this school campus.
Crossboundaries choose an approach with the ultimate aim to create a human, people-oriented school, and to design a space that provides a solution to a realistic problem that one has to face in quickly expanding cities in the future.