The French International School of Beijing (LFIP)
French School of Beijing, designed by Jacques Ferrier Architecture, has
been imagined as a built landscape. It is being developed on a site in
the "Orchard" neighbourhood, which takes its name from the old orchards
which, until recently, were a defining feature of this stretch of land
alongside the road to the airport. Since then, the development of
high-end residential blocks and international schools has introduced a
new urban character with collections of low rise buildings alongside
generous green spaces.
building creates a continuous and unified space on the site, defining
the various walkways and in line with the roads. It offers students and
teachers a combination of protected and open spaces, with the landscape
always present as a backdrop. The ground floor is home to shared spaces
and functions: underneath an awning, the communal spaces for the various
schools alternate with covered playgrounds. All of the outdoor spaces
open towards the canteen's orchard and the sports facilities.
entrances to the primary school and the secondary school and college
are clearly separated, as are the flows of different students. There
are, however, connections between the different sections of the school
for the staff and teachers. The organization of the space is unambiguous
and easy to read: the school hall and library are recognizable as soon
as you enter.
From the second floor up, the classrooms are organized
in a rational and flexible way. They are clad in a wooden lattice which
seems to float above the organic surroundings formed by the lines of
fruit trees. From the inside, this lattice is porous enough to let
through light and not obscure views of the outside. It plays a major
role in shading the building from the sunlight and protecting the
school's activities from outside eyes. Finally, the lattice creates a
serene, innovative and identifiable architectural look, drawing
inspiration from traditional Chinese architectural.
canteen and the gym hall have been designed as pavilions in the
orchard. Alongside the stadium, they add the finishing touches to a
project which combines architecture and landscaping to create a
remarkable, environmentally- friendly place of learning. The metals used
in the façades of these two buildings set up a game of reflections
between landscaped and built environments.
The matt aspect of the
wooden lattice around the main building interplays with the burnished
surfaces of the gym hall and the canteen.
With a contemporary
character which avoids modish excesses, the French school takes a
long-term view of design, leaving open various possibilities for
development and new uses.
Architects: Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti, Jacques Ferrier Architecture with Sensual City Studio
Aurélien Pasquier, architect in charge of the project
Landscaper: Michel Hoessler, Agence TER
Client: The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE, Paris) with the French
International School of Beijing (LFIP) Project Manager: Design Institute CAG Location: Beijing (China)
Surface area: 19,000 m2 Net Floor Area Winning project: June 2009
Delivery: May 2016
for photos: © Jacques Ferrier Architecture / photos by Luc Boegly
Copyright for images: © Jacques Ferrier Architecture / images by Ferrier
Source: Press Release - www.jacques-ferrier.com