Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai

Yangpu Eurocampus Shanghai, German and French Schools in China, New Building

Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai

Chinese Education Architecture Development – design by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects

7 Apr 2016

Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai Building

Design: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects

Location: Shanghai, China

gmp appointed for the Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai

A new space for German-French encounters is being created in Shanghai

Central square © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

A new campus for the German and French schools is being created in the Yangpu district of Shanghai to plans
by gmp Architects. The two independent school buildings share public and communal areas at the future
Eurocampus. At the heart of the school complex, a piazza provides space for German and French students to
meet.

Central piazza between both schools © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

gmp Architects are involved in the design of a shared campus for the German School and the French School
in Shanghai. In view of the fact that the two existing schools in the Pudong district have reached their respective
capacities, a competition was organized for a new Eurocampus in the commercially buoyant university
and business district, Yangpu, to the north-east of Shanghai. The location has the benefit of good transport
links and a family-friendly environment, as well as proximity to the Waigaoqiao Freetrade Zone, the seat of
numerous European companies. The planned school campus has a total area of about 50,000 m² and will
provide facilities for 1,600 German- and French-speaking children, offering education from nursery through
to university qualification.

Perspective canteen © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

The 56,500 m² large site is located in a residential area with low-rise buildings and carefully landscaped recreation
areas with water courses. The Jiangwancheng Road and its urban surroundings form the boundary
of the site to the west, the side where the main entrance to the campus will be located. Another important
transport route, Yinhang Road, borders the site to the north and provides access to Shanghai’s public transport
system, while in the east the site boundary runs along a canal with a public park.

Main entrance © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

With the French School located to the north and the German School to the south of the site, each with its own
building, the special feature of the design lies in between – the center of the complex has been designed as a
central forum for both schools, where all the students of the Eurocampus can enjoy shared facilities such as
a theater, a canteen, a break/play area, and a sports center. The forum is accessed via a piazza on three levels,
which links the two teaching buildings, the school bus parking area, and the communal areas with public
functions. The concept of two schools sharing a communal center not only preserves the individuality of the
respective schools, but also creates a place with a feel of European togetherness.

Bird‘s-eye view north-east © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

The two school buildings are similar though not identical, and provide different schedules of accommodation
to suit the different national educational concepts. Atriums are provided with areas for extended communal
uses on all stories. These areas can be used for teaching in small groups, and encourage interaction between
different age groups during break times. The secondary schools are located in the 5-story wing of the buildings
while the areas for primary school and nursery have been accommodated in the lower parts, which face
the play and sports areas embedded in the landscape towards the canal and park. Unlike the façades of the
school building with their small-scale structuring, the communal areas are designed homogeneously, with
louvre elements across all use areas and stories.

Bird‘e-eye view north-west © Willmore
Yangpu Eurocampus

The new campus is not only a meeting place for students, parents, and members of staff, but – with its
terraced walk-on roofs – it also forms a link between the urban neighborhood and the green space. A large
majority of the jury of school representatives and consultants from politics and business chose the gmp
design from the entries of the four finalists; the jury had special praise for the From Urban to Green approach.

Master plan © WES
Yangpu Eurocampus

Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai – Building Information

Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Project leader Fanny Hoffmann-Loss
Team Martin Friedrich, Huang Meng, Jiang Wei, Liu Lingxue, Oliver Loesser, Fabian Schlitt, Fan Yejing,
Hannes Roth
Client German School Shanghai (Pudong), French School Shanghai
GFA 50,000 m2

School building, sports center and Performing Arts Center, view from the east © gmp
Yangpu Eurocampus

French School, view from the north © gmp
Yangpu Eurocampus

Main entrance west with school buildings and Performing Arts Center © gmp
Yangpu Eurocampus

Yangpu Eurocampus in Shanghai images / information from gmp

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