In early 2016, BJA were commissioned to prepare a Master Plan for the first Waldorf School established in China.
The Master Plan was required so that the school could continue growing and develop into a double stream Kindergarten, Primary & High School in such a way that the buildings in their planning and architecture will as they develop over time reflect and manifest the principles of the Waldorf Pedagogy which underpins the child’s education.
The project entailed analysing the site and its existing facilities, determining those that should be retained, refurbished or demolished to provide space for new facilities.
The site was challenging due to its size (approx 3Ha) and being surrounded to the south and east by a high speed train line and a high voltage power line running through the middle. These constraints necessitated developing a proposal with two, three and possibly four levels to allow sufficient play areas to accommodate the differing needs of Kindergarten, Primary and High School students.
Three Master Plan proposals were developed to allow the school to consider different approaches to the future growth of the school. As well as having different qualities, each required a different development and staging strategy to guide the school from its current situation along the path of transforming itself into an educational facility embodying the Waldorf principles not only in its teaching but also in its Architecture and planning.