College in Hong Kong unites primary and secondary in one complex
This building consists of one 30-classroom primary school and one 30-classroom secondary school. The construction cost of the project is limited to HK$197 million at September 2001 price level and which is within the budget of a pair of standard schools.
The building form of the secondary and primary schools reflects the concept of a "through-train" school, which is to ensure the continuity of the primary and secondary curriculum. A continuous chain of school accommodation is created in the result of a Z-form. At the nodal junction of the two schools are the shared facilities between the primary and secondary schools, such as General Office, Library, Staff Room, etc.
The North-South is generally adopted in order to make use of the optimal sunlight and sea breeze. The architects' intention is that this will ultimately lead to certain cost saving for the school in the long term. More importantly, this setting helps to create a desirable micro climate for the stepping terraces, which is a vital element of the school design.
Most of the classrooms are connected by terraces arranged in a steeping profile, which are considered as outdoor learning spaces. Hence, the traditional indoor learning environment is extended to the outdoor. The stepping profile also enables the open spaces to be well separated for the use of students at various age groups, yet to a certain extent they are connected within the overall building form.
The design not only extended indoor learning space to outdoor, it also introduces the school itself to the public. The Assembly Hall of the Secondary School was pulled out from the teaching block in order to cater for use by the public at weekends or after school hours.