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“We are deeply proud to be working with The King’s School in both Canterbury, England, and Shenzhen, China.

In Shenzhen, we have supported the bold vision of the King’s School by designing a modern new school that is educationally ambitious. The ongoing and fruitful collaboration with our partners in China and England helps to inform and refine the design, which embodies the King’s ethos.

While the King’s School in Canterbury offers a twenty-first-century education in the UK’s oldest school, the new flagship school at Nanshan is a contemporary response to King’s remarkable historic setting. We have drawn inspiration from the tradition of arranging academic accommodation about landscaped courtyards, and our design reflects the iconic green courts that define the Canterbury Cathedral precincts. Our understanding of the local climate has informed how the buildings function; much thought has gone into providing well-lit and ventilated learning environments. The School’s envelope is shaded by planting, making this a beautiful and comfortable teaching and learning environment. Working with UK-based landscape architects BHSL, we have arranged the new school building in Shenzhen around gorgeous garden courts and planted roof terraces.

Most importantly, the new school will motivate learning by encouraging collaboration between staff and students. The design of the education spaces has been rigorously tested to ensure that they will deliver a progressive learning environment that achieves academic and co-curricular excellence by encouraging creativity across all aspects of learning. The school comprises a series of internal terraces that will double as resource and makerspaces which will enable the School’s aim of providing a full and active STEAM educational experience.”

Cindy Walters

The School has been designed through the combined skills of two cultures with UK architects Walters & Cohen joining forces with those from Heng Yu (Shenzhen) and the LDI. Walters & Cohen are award winning designers with long experience of working with schools, and with King’s in particular.

“We are deeply proud to be working with The King’s School in both Canterbury, England, and Shenzhen, China.

In Shenzhen, we have supported the bold vision of the King’s School by designing a modern new school that is educationally ambitious. The ongoing and fruitful collaboration with our partners in China and England helps to inform and refine the design, which embodies the King’s ethos.

While the King’s School in Canterbury offers a twenty-first-century education in the UK’s oldest school, the new flagship school at Nanshan is a contemporary response to King’s remarkable historic setting. We have drawn inspiration from the tradition of arranging academic accommodation about landscaped courtyards, and our design reflects the iconic green courts that define the Canterbury Cathedral precincts. Our understanding of the local climate has informed how the buildings function; much thought has gone into providing well-lit and ventilated learning environments. The School’s envelope is shaded by planting, making this a beautiful and comfortable teaching and learning environment. Working with UK-based landscape architects BHSL, we have arranged the new school building in Shenzhen around gorgeous garden courts and planted roof terraces.

Most importantly, the new school will motivate learning by encouraging collaboration between staff and students. The design of the education spaces has been rigorously tested to ensure that they will deliver a progressive learning environment that achieves academic and co-curricular excellence by encouraging creativity across all aspects of learning. The school comprises a series of internal terraces that will double as resource and makerspaces which will enable the School’s aim of providing a full and active STEAM educational experience.”

Cindy Walters

The King’s School Shenzhen International

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