In many places in the world, a school is only one or two classrooms. This little gem by Li Xiaodong Atelier connects the two parts of a small historic village in the Fujian province of China bisected by a small ravine and creek.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is multiuse (brilliantly embodied here). This two room school house is also a bridge, a public library, community center, playground, and village theater. When rising construction costs challenge how we can provide great facilities for learning, schools that serve many functions can leverage limited funds and maximize benefit for a community . Toss in inspiration, a stripped down raw beauty, a little whimsy, and here you find a new school that has become the new spiritual center of a declining village, while helping to sustain a traditional culture.
The northern classroom has an folding wall that opens up to create a stage fronting the village public space in front of the Hakka castle, turning the whole area into a performance venue.
The sides of each classroom are fully glazed, with natural wood screening to filter out direct sunlight; looking out over the ravine and creek below, providing a beautiful setting for children to learn.
This ArchDaily Article has more detail on the project.