Chinese International School (CIS) is one of Hong Kong’s most highly regarded academic institutions, its graduates belonging to an elite group of the Region’s young leaders and entrepreneurs. Their unique pedagogic mission – “to offer the best of both Chinese and Western worlds” – is currently being reinforced by a multi-phase campus reorganisation plan that touches every aspect of teaching, learning and extra-curricular community activities.
One Space are proud to have been invited by the Head of School and Senior Management Team to help realise parts of that mission.
Central to the School’s mission is interdisciplinary learning, and so the new master plan demanded that its interdisciplinary teaching culture be better accommodated. The realms of Education and Workplace – both areas of One Space’s design expertise – are well-understood and taken into account together as a holistic approach for this project.
A co-learning workplace around 28,000sf., that delivers long-lasting value and adapts to changing circumstances is called ‘agile’, and this same philosophy is applied to the creation of a learning environment that facilitates ‘open-ended’ learning outcomes.
Learning thrives in a supportive community. Teaching programmes and their measurable learning outcomes that best meet students’ rely on the utmost interdisciplinary collaboration amongst teachers. In today’s complex world, silos of expertise and knowledge are being shunned as the Arts and the Sciences become inseparable, and a wide range of modes of learning must be supported.
The design for multiple zones that accommodate and encourage student-teacher interactions on an ‘as-invited’ basis, helps to break down communication barriers that might otherwise stifle learning. An introduction of less conventional spaces in support of teacher collaboration fosters a community of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, which in turn creates an atmosphere of broader knowledge sharing in the classroom.