Foreshore K-9 School

  • Area

    • 242,000 ft²

Design Achievement - Located in an up-and-coming area of mass development in Shanghai, LJZ's K-9 school has the opportunity to influentially lead the educational tone in China's Foreshore Zone. DLR Group's design creatively navigates space constraints, fitting two unique schools on a single site (a kindergarten center and a 1st through 9th grade school), and a planned site area for a future private school.   With a focus on meeting city requirements, as well as offering 21st century learning opportunities, particular consideration has been given to classroom sizes and flexible learning spaces, with an emphasis on maximum daylighting. Efficiency and safety are also key elements of the design. The nine-year school connects the elementary wing to the middle school wing by a central public teaching space and administration building. Aesthetically, the campus is driven by a "Modern Classic" style, featuring brick/masonry facades interlocked with transparent glazing elements, with references to the symmetry of the Shanghai colonial style. The project is currently in Schematic Design.

Scope Summary - The project encompasses 242,000 SF total (a 42,000 SF Kindergarten center, and a 200,000 SF nine-year school) to serve 2,370 students. Indoor and outdoor learning spaces make the most of site potential. Small group learning spaces and living rooms break the classrooms into small cluster learning spaces: promoting the balance of learning, living, and playing. DLR Group is providing planning, architecture, interiors, and landscape design services.


Take a brief animated tour of the school campus.