International School of Beijing
Square Footage: 581,300
Recognized Value Award, 2002
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Responding to tremendous growth in its student body, the International School of Beijing (ISB) constructed a new campus to accommodate 2,400 students. The school responds to the ISB's mission of offering a superior educational curriculum to its international student population consisting of children of foreign personnel working in Beijing from over 70 countries.
The 581,300 square foot campus comprises a 1,200-student elementary school, a 600-student middle school and an 800-student high school. With distinct zones and swing spaces for enrollment enlargements, current students do not feel overwhelmed by the larger facilities. Facilities for the cafeteria, media center, art, music, performing arts center, practical arts, home economics, physical education and other similar programs are housed in a shared facility that is used by various grade levels. The careful location of shared spaces also enables the school to function as a community center during off hours.
The school embraces diversity while paying homage to the local Chinese culture. Through its modern interpretation of Chinese urban and residential planning, the school is a learning tool for the local culture by using the Chinese tradition of courtyards and processions to unify the upper, lower and middle schools.