A Chinese elementary school has built an athletic track on its rooftop to save space on land. The Tian Tai No.2 Primary School, located in Taizhou in Chinese Zhejiang province, is designed by LYCS Architecture. The rooftop features an open-air basketball court, 100 meter sprinting track and a 200 meter looped running track. This is how it looks like:
The entire structure of the roof has an oval shape and four levels instead of (typical) five to accommodate the rooftop athletic track. The school also features an internal courtyard in the middle of the oval shape ground. This courtyard is made for physical activities, school assemblies and lunch time play area. It also creates a private and protected environment for the students as the classrooms and walkways look out onto the interior courtyard.
According to LYCS Architecture, “The design focuses on the relationship between architecture and site, site and city, form and function. Because of the very small area given, the 200 m running track was projected onto the roof level, giving an additional 32,291 sq ft of usable area on the ground as well as the oval shape of the school building, creating a sense of inwardness and security for the students.”
The rooftop athletic track could be dangerous for students as it has an open area right in the middle. Therefore, it has been protected by three layers of safe guarding including a high-tempered glass wall, a wide green belt and high metal guard rail. Spring cushions have also been inserted beneath the track to avoid the kinetic noise in the building below.