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As ingenious as the location of the sporting facilities is, it was not without its challenges. One of which was the safety of the children during sporting activities. To combat this, the area is surrounded by a 3 layer railing. Seperated by a 0.5m green belt, the outer railing stands at 1.8 meters, made of high tempered glass while the inner stainless steel railing stands at 1.2 meters.
Another challenge was that of noise in the classrooms underneath from movement on the facilities above.
A double-layer structure was employed below the running surface including spring cushions placed at intervals to ensure running and playing didn’t interfere with reading and studying.
The striking part of this project for me transcends the race track on the roof but goes out further to the perceived reduced density of the school with such a high density area.
Looking at the images above you get a sense of openness and space in an extremely choked area of mid rise residencies that characterize parts of China. Its a testament to the fruits that can be reaped when good and effective design is freely permitted and expressed.
[via design boom]