Urban green space often comes at a premium, but that didn't trouble LYCS Architecture when they were tasked with building a large school in Tian Tai County, China. To make optimum use of space the design team put a grass running track on the ChiCheng Second Primary school's roof - the first of its kind that we have seen here at Inhabitat.
What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project’s overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment in which to get physically fit – looking as it does over the dense urban fabric.
The four level school is organized around a hollow nucleus where further activities take place and windows cut out of the outer envelope infuse the classrooms and offices with plenty of natural light. Whilst we have some concern about the levels of pollution in Tian Tai county, (we hope it’s not as bad as Beijing) this model design promotes learning and cultivation of all aspects of life – the arts, sports, culture, tradition and ethics.