OPEN Architecture have completed work on the Beijing No4 High School in Fangshan, part of a new development south west of the 5th ring road, and forming the central focus of the new community. OPEN identified that students needed more daily interactions with nature so created floating volumes above green space, and with urban farms on the roof. Very progressive design for a Chinese school.
New York and Beijing based Atelier Alter have completed a Senior Centre for Guangxi based pensioners. Part of the project had to consider that those who will live here grew up during the cultural revolution and in communes, often around farmland. The architects have responded by created a mixed topology within the central space and the use of natural bamboo louvres.