School Building after Earthquake in Wenchuan" Too Durable?

16 Oct

Architects from Chinese University of Hongkong Designed new schools buildings for kids in Wenchuan, Sichuan, China. The steel structure is designed to be very durable. I guess what I don’t understand is the design of windows. Windows on the roof will provide sufficient lighting for the building (although I can hardly tell where are the roof windows from the aerial photo . Is it to building a more durable structure, so that the architects are stingy to have more windows on the walls? Another concern is the psychological impact of the built environment. Most kids survived from the earthquake have post-disaster trauma. How to make sure the built environment the kids are living in will not have  a negative impact on their healing?



One Response to “School Building after Earthquake in Wenchuan" Too Durable?”

  1. shjwysjj October 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    The comments from NEWBUD, one of the architects:

    a distributed strategy rather than a concentration strategy.
    side window total areas are similar to normal lecture buildings.
    strip skylights introduce daylighting to the central areas of the classroom.
    without lamps the indoor lux level is satisfactory and even.

    for Fanbu:
    high fix window guides light to reach the inner area,
    low moveable window introduces view to kids near it.
    wind can enter from low window and breeze away from top skylight or the door.
    rural schools somtimes suffer from instable grid or the cut of power supply from village, it is necessary to optimize the daylight use as much as possible.

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