The Dujiangyan Friendship School is different from typical schools in China- it is a school for the handicapped. Creating a barrier-free learning and living environment for disabled students was the focus of the design. It was our hope that through barrier-free design, the disabled students would be provided a better learning environment with fewer impediments, resulting in equal learning opportunities.
All entrances and exits of the school adopt a full-ramp system. Corridor-style barrier-free ramps are also provided in the teaching areas to facilitate accessibility to every corner of the campus. Although the teaching and dormitory buildings are only four floors high, elevators have been provided for the benefit of disabled students. The staircases have been equipped with double-sided and double-decked handrails, the classroom furnishings can accommodate wheelchairs, and there are barrier-free washroom facilities in the dormitory. We aspired to effect positive energy through the careful consideration of every design detail.
The planning of the Dujiangyan Friendship School inherits the essence of western Sichuan architecture, its design recalling a courtyard house that forms close connections between the various functional areas.
Client: Dujiangyan City Post-disaster Reconstruction Headquarters
Location: Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China
Site Area: 54,000 m2
Building Area: 23,000 m2
Design Date: 2008