French International School selects innovative design for new campus
The French International School (FIS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Henning Larsen Architects, the design architects, and AGC Design, the executive architect, for the development of their new Tseung Kwan O campus.
FIS Tseung Kwan O promises to be a dream school: green, spacious and innovative. “We are excited to be bringing such a landmark building to Tseung Kwan O and are looking forward to ensuring an inspiring, creative and sustainable environment for our future students” said Arnaud de Surville, President of the Executive Committee, French International School Hong Kong.
The French community in Hong Kong has doubled since 2006 and this new campus will provide a wonderful opportunity for FIS to cater for the increasing number of French families living in the New Territories as well as extending International Stream provision. FIS Tseung Kwan O will offer places to both French and International Stream Primary students.
With adaptable and flexible layouts and a wealth of differently scaled, multi-purpose spaces inside, students will benefit from a stimulating and innovative learning environment when doors open in 2018. In addition, the campus will offer state of the art sporting facilities – a large gymnasium, swimming pool and running track – as well as a 300 seat auditorium all of which will benefit the wider public. FIS is committed to establishing strong links within its neighbourhood by developing new initiatives while also providing a hub to showcase French arts and culture in Hong Kong.
Outdoors on the campus, there will be three main playgrounds, classroom sized hanging gardens, shared terraces on every floor as well as a densely planted botanical garden which will allow students to learn about plants, rainwater collection and other sustainable projects. The proposed focal point of the campus will be at the South entrance: a wall comprising 1,000 coloured ceramic sun breakers, each ideally customised by a student, to symbolise the diversity within the school and the involvement of each student in colouring their future. This interesting feature will allow light to diffuse into the gymnasium space beyond.
Being a green and community-conscious school is always one of the priorities of FIS; the new FIS campus is designed with sustainability in mind and will use prevailing eastern winds for ventilation. In addition heat gain from the sun will be reduced by maximizing north and south facing classrooms.
“Designing the new flagship campus for FIS is a particularly exciting challenge for Henning Larsen Architects. We share with FIS the ambition to set new standards for international schools in Hong Kong; the will to build a green and sustainable school and the desire to innovate the learning environments. This translates into more generous spaces, more daylight, higher quality and better comfort.” said Claude Bøjer Godefroy - Design Director, Partner, Henning Larsen Architects.
FIS was established in 1963 as one of the first international schools in Hong Kong. The school offers two streams: the French and International Streams, preparing students towards certification in the French national examination, the French Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. In 1988, FIS became the first in Hong Kong to be authorised as an IB World School.
Currently, the school welcomes over 2,600 students from Kindergarten to Year 13/Terminale, representing 40 different nationalities, across four campuses in Happy Valley, Jardine’s Lookout, Chai Wan and Hung Hom.
The school’s mission is to provide, together with families, a nurturing, culturally diverse community that inspires our young people to realize their true potential as confident, independent learners and responsible global citizens with moral values and integrity.
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