The Smart HUB Nursery School 3.0 is a new type of educational building, a smart hub that unites the newest architecture and nature into a unique learning environment and gathering point for the local community. The project assumes that the preschool’s kitchen-hub will enable to prepare 3,500 high-quality meals per day, based on a macrobiotic diet and special diets. In the afternoon, the nursery school will turn into the playground and clubhouse for children from the surrounding areas.
The University of Hawaii Community College: Value-Added Agricultural Product Development and Education Center is an example of a project that repurposes an existing metal warehouse in downtown Wahiawa as a Value-Added Product Development Center (VAC) or food makerspace for the state’s Community College System. The VAC is an incubator component in an island-wide portfolio of missing middle-scaled cooperative food hubs and facilities being developed by Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture to support a local food supply chain.
The Chung Chi Student Development Complex project was tasked to redevelop the historical existing staff quarters located on a steep slope in Chung Chi College into a multi-storey complex with student amenities and new quarters for staff and visitors. The project aims to utilize natural lighting and ventilation as well as optimize the connection with the natural environment in order to achieve high green performance.
The Shenzhen Qianhai Education Complex is part of the Shenzhen Metro Qianhai Depot Project, located in the newly developing Guiwan area of Qianhai. Within the 259,504 m2 site area, the kindergarten occupies 4000 m2 land next to a purposed 300m sports field, above the already built depot area. A 20,000 m2 primary/ secondary school located to the south is connected by a link bridge to the sports field. Situated in a metro development site, the project interplays an existing metro depot with a 16m floor height to propose an education complex that houses a kindergarten, a primary cum a secondary school, and a 300m sports field.
‘The Arbour’ will be the home to the School of Technology and the Tall Wood Research Institute on George Brown College’s expanding Waterfront Campus. This 10-storey tall wood, low carbon building will be the first of its kind in Ontario, featuring ecological innovation across its entire life cycle and be a model for 21st Century smart, sustainable, green building innovation throughout Canada.The project brings an innovative structural approach that revolutionizes the future of large span tall wood construction by fully taking advantage of the spanning capabilities of cross laminated timber (CLT) structures.
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