Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment

Aedas design Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment breaks ground




Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Image © Aedas

Designed by Andy Wen, Global Board Director of Aedas, the redevelopment of Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus broke ground today (8 June 2017).

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Image © Aedas

Located on the beautiful Yangmingshan in northern Taipei and adjacent to the famous Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School, the new campus for the international school will be a contemporary, vibrant campus that roots in traditional Taiwanese cultural and meets modern day demands for teaching and learning.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Image © Aedas

The design of the buildings took local climatic conditions into account and drew inspiration from traditional Taiwanese book cases to develop a series of shading ‘shells’ on the elevation, symbolising the encasing of knowledge in book cases.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
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The laminated bamboo shell shading system reveals the contextual characteristics of Yangmingshan while maximising natural light and providing shading to the functional spaces to significantly reduce the reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Image © Aedas

Patterned concrete claddings and brick walls create delicate façades in response to the brick structure of neighbouring school buildings. In the planning of the campus, Andy Wen also took full advantage of the hilly site to maximise indoor and outdoor communal and recreational spaces.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Image © Aedas

Inspired by the spatial quality of Taiwanese alleyways, interesting interactive spaces are created along the main circulation route. There are landscaped courtyards and elevated terraces looking like traditional gardens to provide a natural, vivid and unique learning environment.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Sketch

“We thank the school for giving us an opportunity to design this world-class and locally relevant school campus,” said Andy Wen. “It is an excellent example of integrating innovation, culture, heritage and sustainability into architectural design.” Source by Aedas.

Taipei European School Yangmingshan Campus Redevelopment
Sketch
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect: Aedas
  • Director: Andy Wen
  • Client: Taipei European School Foundation
  • Gross Floor Area: 19,361 sq m
  • Completion Year: 2021
  • Images: Courtesy of Aedas
  • Award: named the 5-star Best Public Service Architecture in Taiwan at Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017, represent Asia Pacific to compete against other regional winners for the ultimate World’s Best at the year-end International Property Awards 2017
Breaks ground cerimony
Global Board Director Andy Wen (ninth from right) joined the school’s management, guests-of-honour and students at the ground-breaking ceremony
Breaks ground cerimony
Global Board Director Andy Wen (middle) presents the Asia Pacific Property Award Certificate to the school
Breaks ground cerimony
Students performed lion dance to celebrate

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