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Dipont School Hangzhou
Hangzhou, China

Delivering the latest in bilingual learning.

After an international design competition, Broadway Malyan was commissioned by Yuhang Education Asset Management Center, a partnership between King’s College School and education provider Dipont, to design a combined bilingual and international school campus in Hangzhou.

It comprises both a Chinese and international kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school. The campus has capacity for 3,000 students and includes an arts and performance building and sports hall.

The design locates the theatre, arts and library facilities around the main entrance. This promotes the arts offer of the school and allows them to be used as a community resource in the evenings and at weekends.

A large proportion of the site is dedicated to boarding for half of the students. This is slightly removed from the academic side of the site, providing a sense of separation between learning and living.

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Aerial shot of new bilingual international school for Dipont / King's College School

Ensuring the right blend between international and Chinese school thinking was a crucial consideration, as was the need to deliver a progressive design that caters for integrated technology and embraces the latest pedagogic methods. The development is grouped around separate school communities set along scholastic axis. At the intersection of these the school hub provides an interactive and outward-looking space at ground floor level with a modern library above.

The architecture is identifiable as an extension of the King’s College School’s identity and ideology while also being inspired by the local context to create a unique school for both international and Chinese learners as well as the local community.

A strong relationship between the buildings and landscape was formed, with the tea terraces of the surrounding hills forming the inspiration for some of the buildings’ forms and the green roofs.

An ecologically responsive school, the scheme features a series of passive open spaces and carefully considered air-conditioned environments that are super insulated and airtight.

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