SAKO Architects

SAKO Architects

Beijing, CN | Tokyo, JP | Fukuoka, JP


ZIGZAG in Tianjin

The elementary school consists of eight volumes that house the regular and special classrooms.  

These volumes are divided into four levels and arranged in a zigzag pattern. To connect the classrooms across the corridors, twelve bridges are suspended at various angles between the facing volumes.  

Each volume and each floor has a different color, creating 32 distinct places with diverse combinations. This adds variety and identity to the school architecture, like the 32 team colors. 

The spaces between the volumes are covered with a single  large roof, forming a large communal area with a five-story atrium that is semi-indoor. 

The atrium is well adapted to the local climate, which varies from over 40 degrees Celsius in summer to below -15 degrees Celsius in winter. The atrium has a long and narrow shape, but  the zigzag arrangement of the volumes creates a sense of centrality and unity. 

During recess, children move through the atrium in groups, filling the space with their lively voices.

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Status: Built
Location: Tianjin Shi, CN
Additional Credits: Project Name: ZIGZAG in Tianjin

Type: Elementary school

Design Type: Architecture & Interior Design

Location: Tianjin, China

Floor Area: 34,451㎡

Design Firm: SAKO Architects

Principal Architect: Keiichiro Sako

Architectural Design: SAKO Architects

Interior Design:   SAKO Architects

Client: Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited

Photo Credit: Misae Hiromatsu


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