The design is strongly connected to the layout of the traditional village, spreading 30 classrooms into nine buildings and forming a relatively independent settlement type of a space. The organic arrangement creates both interesting private play areas and diversified public spaces, at a scale appropriate for children.
The living units are connected to the communal space through zig-zag elevated walkways shaped like "verandas" clearly inspired from the classical garden of Suzhou, the Master of Nets Garden. The layout should read as a pathway floating in the air spreading out in a forest, providing delicate spatial and visual experience at every corner.
"Xiu" (embroidery) appears in the name of this project due to it`s importance in the local traditional embroidery process of Suzhou. The building`s skin is decorated according to simple embroidery patterns. Colorful vertical sunshades resemble fine and dense pinpoints which weave a piece of beautiful cloth wrapping the whole building. Simple but colorful appearances form the different character of each unit, are perceived by children as "candy village".
Location: Kunshan, CN
Additional Credits: Designed by Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China
Yang Lifeng - Director
Zhou Jungang – Project Manager