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Whittle School & Studios Suzhou

Suzhou, Jiangsu

An internationally distinguished school where “learning happens everywhere, all the time."

The Whittle School and Studio Suzhou Campus is beautifully situated on a gracious 7.5-hectare waterfront site in the heart of the new high-speed-rail new-town district. Only a 19-minute high-speed rail ride from Shanghai, the new purpose-built facility will accommodate 2,500 students from grades Pre-K–12 in a bi-lingual international boarding school environment for Chinese and foreign learners. The new facility is comprised of several courtyard-style academic buildings, a shared community building containing a professional-grade performing arts center, orchestra and ensemble rooms, a sports center with an 8-lane competition pool, and a student-resident tower for up to a thousand students. The new state-of-the-art campus is poised to become one of the premier private boarding school campuses in Asia.

The design connects the traditional with the modern and emulates the Whittle School & Studios ethos that “learning happens everywhere, all the time.” The design also draws inspiration from the local historic Suzhou heritage, architecture and culture, creating a campus that is not only in a place, but of a place, rooting the architecture in its context and paying homage to its host country.

Transparency, flexibility, authenticity, and nature are additional design drivers that create a consistent, cohesive look that embodies the Whittle School values.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • Whittle School & Studios Suzhou
  • Size:

  • 119,000 sm
  • Services:

  • Master Planning, Programming, Architecture Design, Interior Design
  • Sustainability:

  • LEED Gold
  • Markets:

  • K-12 Education
  • Region:

  • China
  • Studios:

  • Shanghai


  • 2023-2024 Asia Pacific Property Awards: Public Service Architecture for Jiangsu Province