King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

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The King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

Contemporary Education Building in China for Heng Yue Group – design by Walters & Cohen architects

18 June 2019

The King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan, China

Architects: Walters & Cohen, UK

Location: Nanshan, Shenzhen, southeastern China

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

The King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan, China

In 2017 Walters & Cohen Architects were commissioned by The King’s School, Canterbury, to design The King’s School Shenzhen International. Located in Nanshan, China, the school offers pupils aged 2 to 18 a combined Chinese and British curriculum, with a greater emphasis on the latter as pupils progress through the school.

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

While The King’s School in Canterbury offers a twenty-first-century education in the UK’s oldest school, the new school at Nanshan is a contemporary response to that remarkable historic setting. The practice drew inspiration from the tradition of arranging academic accommodation around landscaped courtyards, and their design reflects the iconic green courts that define the Canterbury Cathedral precincts.

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

The first phase of the development will open in 2019 to provide a kindergarten and flats for teachers. The design of the pre-prep school encourages teachers to adopt new and creative approaches to the use of space. Classrooms are large and there are group rooms for breakout work, as well as a generous library and maker spaces. Teaching staff will be encouraged to use all these spaces on a daily basis, broadening the pupils’ learning experience beyond a traditional classroom.

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

The second phase follows in 2020 and provides a dynamic and exciting school with a generous green court at its centre. Some of the more unique teaching spaces include a flight simulator, robotics laboratory, black box theatre and meditation rooms. The main school library and sixth form centre open onto landscaped roof terraces for outdoor learning, socialising and sport. Visual and physical connections allow the whole school to be experienced from many vantage points, encouraging pupils to learn from their peers and nurturing a strong sense of community.

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

John Astbury, Head of Kindergarten, King’s School Shenzhen International
“These stimulating environments will play a key role in helping us realise our ambition of creating a highly successful school in which the children have the chance to grow and explore, giving them a can-do attitude and the opportunity to truly feel part of a special and child-centred school community.”

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

Cindy Walters, Director of Walters & Cohen Architects
‘“Our understanding of the local climate has informed how the buildings function and creates well-lit and ventilated learning environments. Education spaces have been rigorously tested to ensure they create a progressive learning environment that encourages creativity and a love of learning.”

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

The King’s School Shenzhen International Nanshan – Building Information

Client: The King’s School, Canterbury

Appointment: December 2017
Completion: Late 2020
Developer: Heng Yue Group
Landscape: BHSL

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

About Walters & Cohen

Walters & Cohen is an award-winning architectural practice with more than 50 education projects completed, including pre-school and children’s centres, primary schools, secondary schools and masterplans.

King’s School Shenzhen International, Nanshan

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Walters & Cohen Architects

Location: Nanshan, Shenzhen, China




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