Little Tiger is a Chinese immersion school, suitable for pre-school, kind and low basic education. It is located in a residential area in Central
. After full operation in the converted residential bungalows and part of the adjacent church, the school added a new one-room classroom structure to create a small campus and increase enrollment. This project uses
The development specifications for compatible applications (such as community schools) applicable to residential areas create a more diverse urban structure in typical single-family residential communities.
The new building is located behind the existing bungalows from the 1940s, behind the residential area, adjacent to the adjacent church. The Little Tiger activity takes place in all three buildings, so it is important to create a community and campus atmosphere by placing new classroom structures. The 735 square foot structure occupies the rear of the school property and creates a small courtyard between the existing building and the new building.
Compatibility setbacks stipulated by the development norms have created larger yards in the north and provided larger open spaces for outdoor activities. A large, low window faces the courtyard, connecting the classroom to the adjacent green space. The overall result is an eclectic campus with various building types connected by informal outdoor spaces and sidewalks. The building itself is inspired by the historic American one-room school building-the iconic gable form, rectangular footprint, clock tower and single classroom space. Its size and proportions are tailored to the main occupants, who are all under 4 feet.
The gable-shaped eaves are very low and can reduce the size of the building (adults can easily touch the cantilever of the roof). All windows in the classroom are children's height. The long and low windowsill along the north wall doubles as the reading corner and built-in bench. The external material palette is made of white painted cement board and metallic paint, which suits the surrounding environment and the existing campus aesthetics.
The main classroom is a separate arched space that can accommodate 12-15 students. Continuous skylights along the top of the roof provide plenty of daylight, and a series of deep and shallow vertical light guides ease the strong sunlight in Texas. At certain times of the year, a small patch of sunlight hits the floor: at all other times, the light is diffuse and indirect. Since the property is a residential area, the homeowner wants to choose to restore the school building to residential use.
This will be taken into consideration when designing new structures. With just a few adjustments, the building can serve as an auxiliary residential unit. The toilet room can be combined to form a complete bathroom, the small kitchen can be transformed into an efficient kitchen, and the utility room loft can be used as a sleeping loft. In order to minimize the number of renovations, utility connections that may be used in the future have been installed and closed. In addition, the south-facing roof also provides a connection device for future solar cell arrays.
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