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Da Landscape：Before reconstructing, Tree Desk Garden is a small square green land between the Complex Building and Teaching Building. It is located in the center of the school, but it is quite close, the plants in the green land are too mussy after growing for several years, therefore, the teachers and students cannot enter the green land. The reconstructing of eliminates the isolation of the garden and the surrounding environment, and it also establishes an indoor-outdoor integrative spatial system, so that the teachers and students can enter the garden freely. The 11 original trees have been reserved in the garden, and the safeguard has been set, what’s more, four sets of free streamline-shaped tables are constructed, and they laid cross the big three to form the “tree desks” under the green shade. There are flower and grass bonsai on the table, which creates a learning and communicating space of getting close to the tree. The length of the tree desk refers to the sum of the length of all desks in a normal classroom, which allows the tree table to provide a special outdoor class. And the garden connects to the entrance hall of the first floor, which can satisfy some informal and relaxing communication activities in school level.
In the real heart position of SES (Shanghai Experimental School) campus is a yard in square shape, it is surrounded by the buildings of Teaching Building, Complex Building, library and corridor, etc. Compared with the popular space, such as the nearby Sunshine Studio and terrace atrium, etc., the closed green land forms a sharp contrast. At present, there are paths like the lines in the basketball court, which is beyond comprehension: it is useless except for the diagram. The paths have no rules of traffic and connection, nor support more activities.
▼改造前的花园鸟瞰 The garden before transformation
And even the diagram cannot be recognized when changing to normal viewpoint. The plants planted 10 years ago are plentiful, however, they are quite mussy, and plants have kept out the sight from all perspectives. Besides, the facing toe wall and the handrail just like a partition which makes the whole yard to be more separate from the surroundings. Not to mention the entrance hall of the Complex Building which is only being separated from the yard only by a wall. The French windows facing to the yard has been posted with posters for the poor greening appearance, and the windows are closed firmly.
▼改造前的大厅空间 The entrance hall before transformation
After reconstructing, the yard uses transparent design, all the persons can enter the yard from all directions, and they can stay in the center of the yard. The line of sight between the entrance hall of in the first floor of the Complex Building and the opposite Teaching Building has been connected, the associative perception of the school space has been significantly improved.
The new yard takes trees and desks as the main elements, therefore, it is called as Tree Desk Garden.
The 11 remaining trees are normal species, they are not rare at all. And after growing for several years, they have formed vivifying upper cover, continuing this element is continuing the memory of the school as well, at the same time, it is the respect to life.
Tree desk, the most important element of the whole garden, seems to be with free and random appearance, actually, the appearance is gained after analysis: The scale is evolved in accordance with the measure of the desk of the class with 40 students; And the positioning is placed by surrounding the point positions of the trunk; The spacing and interspace are in accordance with the aisles of the surrounding buildings.
▼平面推导 Evaluation of concepts
▼树桌花园平面 Master Plan
Tree Desk Garden brings the first informal outdoor learning space in SES. Compared with indoor and semi-indoor space, the garden owns a more open ambience, which will bring more convenient walking experience and more green natural landscape. It is encouraged that the teachers and students should freely use the Tree Desk Garden to expand the functions which has not been equipped by the original yard.
At the usual time, Tree Desk Garden is a poetic green land for SES, it quietly accompanies with the teachers and students. When blending in various activities, it becomes the center of the campus full of energy in a moment. The Tree Desk Garden is without handrail, no entrance, not fixed seat or fussy using rules, but console surface with appropriate scale and floor space with flat surface, and here, the diversified use full of imagination is encouraged.
Similar with Rain Flower Garden, except for serving all the native tree, the Tree Desk Garden also uses the eco design of permeable ground, all the rain can permeate into the ground and the slip and wetness of the ground can be reduced at the same time. Considering that the grade level connected by the buildings outside, and preventing from the rainwater flowing backward to the inside of the building during the rainstorm, the linear drainage system is used in the whole area.
After the yard has been opened completely, the informal learning space combined by bookshelf and workbench will be expanded by replacing and integrating the transport space to satisfy the using demands of more students.
Compared with the Tree Desk Garden in 2018 with the yard in 2015, the green covers in the upper layer are almost the same, and even more flourish. While the lower space has been transferred into friendly space with energy from the pattern type green space lacking of interaction. The things which have been changed and which have not been changed well transmit the substance of organic renewal in the space.
Project name: Atrium design of Shanghai experimental school complex building
Customer: Shanghai experimental school
Project address: no. 300, dongming road, pudong new area, Shanghai
Project design year: March 2018
Completion: August 2018
Design area: 300 square meters
Design company: grand view (Shanghai grand view landscape design co., LTD.)
Main creative and design team: Yang xiaoqing, wang junjie, zhang xianzhi, sun jie, zhang yanfei
Photography: Jin Xiaohui
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