This international school in Beijing is wrapped in a wooden lattice that seems to float in mid air. This appearance of weightlessness gives the project, designed by Jacques Ferrier Architecture, a unique atmosphere, creating a dialogue with the surrounding landscape and traditional Chinese architecture.
The campus is located on a site named after orchards that used to dominate the area. As of recently, new developments have started to sprout across this piece of land. High-end residential blocks, international schools and low-rise buildings have all introduced a new urban character.
Jacques Ferrier’s new addition, named The French school, is a continuous building of varying heights and several entrances connected by walkways. Shared spaces occupy the ground floor, while the outdoor spaces open towards the canteen’s orchard; sports facilities are designed as separate pavilions. The classrooms are organized on the upper floors in a way that provides flexibility of use. The project’s most distinctive feature is the wooden lattice, which lets in natural light without sacrificing privacy.