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GND杰地景观：互动 · 生长 · 融合
GND: Interaction · Growth · Integration
Minxin Hong Kong School (Guangzhou Nansha) is located in the Hong Kong-style international community of the Qingsheng start-up area of Guangdong—Hong Kong Deep Cooperation Park, Nansha District, Guangzhou. It is adjacent to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and borders Qingsheng High-Speed Rail Station, with only 35 minutes’ driving distance from the Hong Kong West Kowloon High-Speed Rail Station.
▽天空庭院 Sky Courtyard
林 —— 同心之林 Forest—Forest of One Heart
根 —— 同源之根 Root—Root of One Origin
Minxin Hong Kong School (Guangzhou Nansha) was founded under the leadership of Mr. Liang Zhenying, the vice chairman of the CPPCC National Committee. It ceaselessly connects the Hong Kong schooling system and Hong Kong’s local courses. Upholding Hong Kong’s educational concepts, it provides quality education for Hong Kong children living in the mainland and other non-Mainland children. The school has registered in Hong Kong and is recognized as a tax-free, non-profit public-welfare organization by the Inland Revenue Department. It is the first non-profit, 12-year school for the children of Hong Kong people in the Chinese mainland.
The school was funded and constructed by the Development and Construction Administration Bureau of Nansha Industry Park, covering about 93 mu of land and a construction area of 76,000 m2. This school consists of 36 classes and has an estimated student population of 1,600. It was officially put into use in September 2022, welcoming the first batch of teachers and students. The school’s name took the idea from friendly exchanges between people, aiming to facilitate Hong Kong’s integration into China’s macroscopic development layout, encourage Hong Kong compatriots to seize the significant opportunities presented by China’s development, enhance the cultural and people-to-people exchanges between Hong Kong and mainland people. Meanwhile, it intends to foster Hong Kong teenagers’ patriotism, love for Hong Kong, and “Hong Kong root, the heart of China, and world views”. It’s a critical achievement in deepening comprehensive cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau.
▽整体鸟瞰 Overall Bird’s-eye View
多方共建 Co-construction by Multiple Parties
This project is a major achievement in Guangdong-Hong Kong cooperation and a critical manifestation of China’s continued reform and opening-up efforts. Owing to the urgent construction cycle, designers nearly broke the project’s feasibility boundaries to solve all problems encountered in the construction process. The project was chaired by Jingtang He, dean of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of SCUT and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and completed through the joint efforts of three design institutions and the design team led by Xiaodan Fang, a national-level engineering surveillance design master. Within only two months, the interdisciplinary team completed the design procedures, from determining the construction plan to the planning and construction application, based on demonstrating the scale, examining demands, and comparing several schemes. The SCUT team also organized several professional teams to conduct overlapping operations. With close linkage, the team carried out the design, construction, and price control tasks simultaneously, smoothly completing the construction task and delivering the project within less than nine months.
▽多学科团队协作 Multidisciplinary Team Cooperation
设计理念 Design Concept
Culture is the soul of architecture. Minxin Hong Kong School (Guangzhou Nansha) is founded to foster “Hong Kong root, the heart of China, and world views” for Hong Kong teenagers. On this basis, the multidisciplinary design team reviewed and extracted the concept of “one heart and root”. With the architectural, landscape, and interior designs linked layer upon layer, this concept is strengthened and enlarged, striving to resonate with the user’s feelings and educate people through the environment.
GND Landscape upheld the core concept of “one root and heart” when creating the landscape for Minxin Hong Kong School (Guangzhou Nansha). It continued with the design concept of a “three-dimensional garden” based on thorough thinking about the city’s cultural veins, site conditions, functional demands, and ecological adaptability. Guided by the planning of “two axes, one corridor, and multiple focal points”, diverse teaching application scenarios and the interaction-sharing-living space are combined into an organic whole. The overall landscape sequence echoes the architectural and interior space function based on surrounding ecological landscape resources to build a beautiful school with a Lingnan style and international features.
生态设计 Ecological Design
根据光影日照条件分析，划分出各个区域适宜种植的植物。以功能需求和生态美观为出发点，确定全园基调植物和各分区的主调植物、配调植物，打造绿意盎然，自然舒适，生物多样性融合以及可持续发展的生态校园。校园内共种植了140 种植物，其中有药用价值的乔木共计17 种，果树乔木19 种，有药用价值灌木7 种，果树灌木6 种，药用大灌木及地被共计44 种，加之无明显药用价值的景观乔灌木及地被品种共计47 种。
Firstly, the ground was divided into several zones for growing different plants according to the analysis of the light/shadow and lighting conditions. Next, the principal plants for the whole garden and the principal & supporting plants for each divided zone were selected to create an ecological schoolyard featuring luxuriant greenness, comfortable nature, biological diversity, and sustainable development. A total of 140 species of plants are grown in the school, including 17 species of trees with medicinal value, 19 species of fruit-bearing trees, seven varieties of shrubs with medicinal values, six varieties of fruit-bearing shrubs, 44 varieties of medicinal large shrubs and ground cover plants, and 47 varieties of landscape, trees, shrubs and ground cover plants without significant medicinal value.
Regarding color matching, the hard landscape creates a contrast between simple, advanced gray colors and gentle, elegant pink colors. Meanwhile, it adopted a series of ecologically-friendly mat formations. The firefighting access is paved with permeable, concrete, ceramic bricks suitable for jogging. The main garden path and activity square are paved with permeable concrete and ceramic-permeable bricks, which are special, permeable, and moisture-holding, allowing water to quickly permeate into the underground and gathered as underground water, considerably improving the school’s ecological and living environment. The courtyard space uses solid, weather-resistant ecological bamboo and matches red bricks with PC ashlar bricks, which visually appear elegant, fresh, and stable. When combined with a well-spaced soft landscape, it creates a characteristic, cultural, and interactive ecological space.
#首层空间 First-floor Space
绿林繁茵, 向心而生 Luxuriant Forest, Born Out of Hearts
This design is dedicated to inspiring students’ curiosity, stimulating their creativity, and enriching their living & studying experience with an outstanding courtyard space, natural educational, and gardening art. Meanwhile, it’s in line with the educational goal that future education must cultivate students through innovations, diversity, and individuality. As a means of diverse teaching, it aims to create an ecologically-productive and sustainable campus.
民心广场 Minxin Square
At the square’s entrance is an enveloping design, with one line of grand, towering Brachychiton acerifolius trees on either side. The logo green island, characteristic mat formation, independently planted Ilex rotunda and ecological tree pool jointly enhance the space’s rhythmical image and provide students, teachers, and visitors with a green, comfortable space for pausing, hanging out, and resting.
The characteristic mat formation takes meanings from “Same Root for Guangdong and Hong Kong, Same Heart for Bay Area” and uses the “heart” as its prototype. The red ceramic, permeable bricks with gradient shades are laid to continue the overall design concept through landscape details.
To raise the efficiency of land utilization and expand the functional space, changes in measure and story height are exquisitely used at the junction between architecture and landscape. Eventually, a vertical spatial system connecting the upper and bottom hierarchies is built to create a multiple-floor ground site. The multi-functional stairs not only serve as a spatial transition but also functions as an outdoor classroom, performance viewing space, and a place for relaxation.
紫荆广场 Zijing Square
To accentuate the effect, the design intentionally reveals the landscape bit by bit. Walking through the tree-lined path, one sees an unfolding painting and is greeted by the openness of space. The well-spaced plant clusters on the shady green island radiate with the architecture’s tree-shaped art framework, reflecting the beauty and stereoscopic feel of the space. Find a tranquil space, and you can turn it into a nature-friendly world under the forest. Here you are allowed to rest, have fun, communicate, enjoying the gift brought by nature.
An independently planted Bauhinia blakeana is combined with the circular stairs. Set off by the canopy, the circular stairs are turned into a perfect viewing platform, where teachers and students can admire the courtyard’s scenery at different heights. With a contrast between rigidity and softness, the form is combined with aesthetics to create a spatial image where design and nature are harmoniously integrated.
The open circular stairs use highly-plastic, natural, unsophisticated, ecological bamboo to meet the implementation strategies for low-maintenance, low costs, and artistic empowerment. The height difference, function, and plant landscaping are combined to create a landscape space and visual experience carrying unique scenario memories.
盒子剧场 Box Theatre
The landscape space is combined with architectural functions. Aside from fully using the architecture’s gray space, the outdoor functional space is extended. The Interactive Stairs are linked with the Artistic Stage, Sharing Platform, and Outdoor Theater to form a diverse, attractive public space system and provide children with more spaces for outdoor activities.
The ribbon-shaped interactive stairs connect the open space and the courtyard. This design integrated theater seats and stairs. Each tree’s position was calibrated to provide shade for the outdoor relaxation zone. The wild growth of shrubs integrates with the edges of soft and hard landscapes, allowing people to enjoy small-scale activities, outdoor teaching, communication, and relaxation.
The landscape design of the empty space artfully uses the architectural structure to expand the green coverage. Luxuriant shrubs and ground covers serve as the background, and large trees are planted independently. Thus, the upper and bottom spaces overlap and penetrate each other, forming diverse spatial hierarchies and visual landscapes.
#天空庭院 Sky Courtyard
绿林繁茵, 向心而生 Luxuriant Forest, Born Out of Heart
The Sky Courtyard is designed under the concept of enjoying a healthy life in sports. It is equipped with sports venues for teaching and exercising, such as a football field, basketball court, and annular tracks, allowing students and teachers to enjoy the fun of sports and maintain physically healthy after busy work and studies. It’s also matched with interaction facilities and recreation sites, creating a natural, unsophisticated style, as well as diverse sports and recreation means. This courtyard aims to provide students and teachers with a nature-friendly space for recreation, relaxation, exercise, and viewing, facilitate people-to-people exchanges, and enrich students’ extracurricular life.
起伏丘陵 Undulating Hills
A micro-topographical playground zone is built based on the terrain’s height difference. It allows students to practice their physical coordination skills through play, get closer to nature during recreation, and develop their thinking and creativity through explorations.
活动天地 Activity Space
The circular jogging path at the atrium connects several small courtyards, the multi-functional stairs, and square, inviting everyone to relax, jog or run outdoors.
With innovative layout combinations, this region offers an adequate area for multi-level teaching activities. Students can form small-scale bands, participate in dramas, perform dances and singing, play movies, and give speeches in the courtyard. By enriching and invigorating the school culture and life, it provides students with more possibilities for their extracurricular activities.
自然课堂 Natural Classroom
This design incorporates natural education into the landscape, formulates textbooks accordingly, and combines classroom teaching with extracurricular practices, providing teachers and students with a natural classroom for environmental education. Students can participate in growing medicinal plants. By observing and knowing each planting procedure, they can grasp simple working techniques, experience the changes in plants’ growth, enjoy the fun of hands-on practices, and taste the delight of success. Subsequent tracking, observations, and records motivate students to pay more attention to scientific explorations and changes in things, as well as foster their rigor, strictness, and carefulness in studies.
Medicinal trees, shrubs, ground covers, and fruit-bearing trees constitute a basic component of the Chinese medicine garden. Local medicinal plants are introduced into the site according to local conditions. These wide varieties provide a referential basis and practice site for subsequent natural education.
▽中药园种植策略 Planting Strategies for Chinese Medicine Garden
天空农场 Sky Farm
The space is designed and functionally planned based on considering different students’ demands in class to create diverse roof activity spaces, such as the roof planting zone, enclosed green fences, a reading garden, and outdoor thinking yard. It allows children to perceive education through experiences and explorations. The roof greening absorbs sunlight and isolates ultraviolet rays through air flows and evaporation to lower the temperature on the roof and protects the roof from natural damage. Meanwhile, a greening area is added to the limited space to bring vitality and vigor into the space.
All teams cooperated wholeheartedly in the construction of Minxin Hong Kong School (Guangzhou Nansha). This project broke the boundaries of design, structural engineering, materials, and construction techniques. Interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination create unique shining points from different angles to support respective design effects considerably. The project has perfectly integrated architecture, landscape, and interiors on multiple dimensions, endowing the space with interactions, perception, activity, interest, and affinity to serve people better.
▽总平面图 General Layout
Project Name: MINXIN HONG KONG SCHOOL（GUANGZHOU NANSHA）
Construction company: China Railway Second Bureau, a member of China Railway Qingsheng Hub Project Union
Employer: MINXIN HONG KONG SCHOOL（GUANGZHOU NANSHA）
Construction unit: Guangzhou Nansha New District Industrial Park Development and Construction Administration
Architectural design: South China University of Technology Architectural Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd.
Landscape Design: GND Landscape
Design content: school landscape full-cycle design
Project Location: Nansha, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Design time: October 2021
Completion date: August 2022
Landscape area: 52000㎡
Lead Design: Zhong Yongcheng, Qiu Ge, Li Bing
R & D design: Zhou Jiang, Zhou Wen
Schematic design: Liu Yun, Pan Xiao, Gong Yingshan, Liu Zhifeng, Lai Guilong, Liao Jiali, Yang Zhenbang, Zhong Huayan, Yuan Xuepei, Guo Shuqi, Luo Feng, Ye Xuerui
Garden Architecture Design: Zhang Canjie, Huang Juan, Liu Zhixiang, Zhong Mingjun, Ou Xuexia, He Juyi
Plant design: Zeng Fengling, Hong Ge
Landscape construction: China Railway Second Bureau, a member of China Railway Qingsheng Hub Project Union
Interior Design: Guangzhou Dongsan Interior Design Co., Ltd.
Project Photography: Riye Photography, Inter_mountain Image
Planning/Visual Effects: iDEER LAB
Company website: www.gnd.hk
Contact email: email@example.com
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