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Zaha Hadid Architects to build Lushan Primary School using robotic tech

by on Apr 23, 2018 in Architecture , Developments , News
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled the designs and strategy for Lushan Primary School which will serve 12 local villages in Jiangxi Province. The design will see the use of industrial robotic technology to minimise construction time as well as reduce the number of building elements required

The proposed Lushan Primary School will be an educational institute for 120 children located 160km north-west of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province. The school will serve 12 local villages with an approximate population of 1,800.

Surrounded by mountains as well as the rivers and lakes fed by the Zhelin Reservoir, the school is within an agricultural region that also has a rich tradition in the production of ceramics.

10_ZHA_Lushan_render by VA

The campus will not only include the school but also dormitories facilities and utility buildings within vaulted spaces that connect directly with their rural surroundings. The classrooms have flexible learning arrangements and outdoor teaching areas.

The region's long history of producing the highest quality ceramics dates from the Ming Dynasty. These traditions are continued in the school's ceramic external finishes laid in a gradient of tones that express the differing programmes within.

Composed as a network of barrel and parabolic vaults that open towards the river, the vaults stretch and intersect to accommodate the school's varied programme. A long central courtyard acts as the school's main circulation space and play area. The vaulted classrooms are orientated for the best natural light conditions, as well as to frame views to the surrounding landscape. Cantilevers protect the classrooms from the solar gain of Jiangxi's sub-tropical climate and extend the teaching spaces into the landscape to provide a varied and interactive learning environment.

To minimise construction time and also reduce the number of separate building elements required to be transported to the school's remote location, ZHA proposes to combine the local skills of in-situ concrete construction with new advancements in hot-wire cut foam formwork that can be prepared on site by an industrial robot to create the barrel and parabolic shaped moulds.

11_ZHA_Lushan_render by VA

The region's long history of producing the highest quality ceramics dates from the Ming Dynasty. These traditions are continued in the school's ceramic external finishes laid in a gradient of tones that express the differing programmes within.

Located on a small peninsula surrounded on three sides by water and bordering farmland to the north, the school is on an elevated escarpment five metres above the 50-year flood level. Its surrounding landscape incorporates outdoor teaching spaces and sports facilities, and also serves as a natural water catchment area to further protect the school from flooding. This surrounding landscape rises towards the school, creating natural areas within its raised courtyards.

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