Dushan School Complex by West-line studio

Dushan School Complex

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

Dushan Town is located at the so called “South Gate of Guizhou” at the border with Guangxi province. The main residents in this area belong to Buyi, Miao and Shui ethnic minorities.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

The complex of buildings grows on the top of a long foundation stripe, 527m long and 330m wide. The north area is pretty mountainous and mainly residential, on the west there is the highway and both east and south are arterial roads.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

Architects based the design of this school complex in order to create a series of courtyards with different levels of privacy, where “listen to the sound of wind and to the sound of reading” according to an old traditional Chinese proverb.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

The simple severe ‘academic’ architectural style always meets these open courtyards, some more wide and open, where to practice group sports, others more quiet where to study or relax, in the dormitory area.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

These courtyards play with the light creating different environments and iconic shadows. Open terraces and boardwalks over the courtyards create interesting connections and different spaces for students’ different needs.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

Materials are clear and simple, only cement mortar and white painting on outer walls, where shadows get strong and sharp. Considering local construction workers lack of skills and a very limited selection of local materials, architects opted for a material selection which could ensure good quality and easy to control results. Source by West-line studio.

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

A – program: classroom + sports facilities and playground
layout: four different sizes of courtyards (where outer walls create a strong visual and acoustic barrier against the highway)

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

B – program: administration offices + library
layout: high and effective office area + quiet reading space

Dushan School Complex
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C -program: dormitory + restaurant
layout: different functions are arranged on different levels. The dining area is located in the lower floors, connected to multiple courtyards, while dormitory are in the upper floors

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei

D – program: dormitory
layout: quiet and elegant living environment

Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
  • Location: Baiquan Town – Dushan, Guizhou Province, China
  • Architects: West-line studio
  • Architect In Charge: Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Project Team:Yuanping Li, Xiaoqiang Yang, Dingping Fu, Hongbo Shi, Minghua Ou, ZhipengZhu, HongsenKang
  • Graphic: Martina Muratori
  • Area: 73000 sqm
  • Building area: 56491 sqm
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Haobo Wei, Courtesy of West-line studio
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Photo © Haobo Wei
Dushan School Complex
Site Plan
Dushan School Complex
A – Plans
Dushan School Complex
B – Plans
Dushan School Complex
C – Plans
Dushan School Complex
D – Plans

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