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120-Division School

120-Division School

Project description

This school including 72 classrooms, offices, library, lecture hall and sports center is located in Xingxian, ShanXi province, China.

Our vision for the design is to create an image of range upon range of mountains just like the natural environment the site has. Building raises up from the ground floor to the rooftop, this makes the slope roof to be an extension of the landscape.

The incline roof makes the lower part to be the public terrace for the upper level, reflects the cave dwellings in Shanxi, extending the historical context of the site.

The building has good ventilation, patios create the Greenhouse Effect, and also act as rainwater collectors to improve the microenvironment. Foremost, concrete masonry backup , brick veneer, together with air space in between, formed the “Respirable Wall”, which helps to improve thermal and insulating performance and reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling.


120-Division School

  • Xingxian, Shanxi
  • China
Completion: 2014
Used materials
  • Metal
  • Brick

Type of Building

Architect Office