Perkins Eastman | Huijia International School

Huijia International School

Beijing, China
Huijia International School commissioned Perkins Eastman to program and design their new 1,800-student high school. Huijia, one of China’s top-ranked private schools, was the first in the country to offer the International Baccalaureate program. Located an hour north of Beijing, the school serves both the local population and the expatriate community.

The design of the new high school was based on the master plan developed by Perkins Eastman in 2008, which addressed the 24-hour nature of the modern boarding school. Located on a 22-hectare (54-acre) site adjacent to Huijia’s elementary and middle schools, the design of the 53,000 sm (570,500 sf) high school was based on the concept of home. In keeping with this concept, all major extracurricular functions, including dining, dormitories, study spaces, recreation, and the arts are organized around the main academic quadrangle, which was intended to serve as the school’s “living room.” The school includes a number of facilities that are shared by other academic institutions, including a gymnasium and swimming pool, ice hockey arena, arts and music building, and 1,200-seat performing arts theater.