China-based architectural firm LYCS Architecture has built a new primary school, Tian Tai No.2, in China with a 200m running track on the roof of the school.
The shape of the four-storey school building was designed around the oval of the rooftop track.
Additionally, the school roof also houses a basketball court, which along with the running track provides around 3,000m² of outdoor space on the ground plane.
The building’s design creates a large inner courtyard space, which can be used by the school for gathering or conducting events.
The entire structure is tilted 15° to leave space for external garden and parking areas, which are connected to the interior of the building through three access points.
To reduce the noise and impact of rooftop sporting activities on the classrooms below, the company developed a double-layered structure below the running surface and deployed spring cushions.
The entire rooftop sporting area is surrounded by a three-layer guardrail with an outer of 1.8m-high tempered glass, a 50cm-wide green belt and a 1.2m-high inner stainless steel rail to keep students safe during activities.
The rooftop track concept was developed to combat land scarcity issues in the region, which is common in many urban areas across the world.
Image: Tian Tai No.2 primary school in TianTai, China, with rooftop running track and basketball court. Photo: courtesy of LYCS Architecture.