Location: Haidian, Beijing, China

A legendary retreat of emperors and scholars, Haidian, Beijing, was a place for leisure and creative thinking. Today, the scenic landscapes are the favored location in the Beijing region for resorts, research and learning. The new Beijing Zhongguancun International School (ZIS) incorporates the principles of live, learn, and play that encourage life-long learning. Haidian offers the ideal setting for this new approach to education, co-existing harmoniously with nature as an indispensable aid to learning. The natural setting permeates the school, while the traditional square and circle of ancient Chinese place-making establish the school’s identity.