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 nineteen-minute high-speed rail ride from Shanghai, the new purpose-built 119,000 sm facility will accommodate 2,500 students from grades Pre-K through Twelve in a bi-lingual international boarding school environment for Chinese and foreign young 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 eight-lane competition pool, and a student-resident tower for 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 and Studios ethos that “learning happens everywhere, all the time.” To create a campus that’s not only in a place, but of a place, rooting the architecture in its context, and paying homage to the host-country culture, the design draws inspiration from the local historic Suzhou heritage and architecture. Transparency, flexibility, authenticity, and nature are additional design drivers that create a consistent, cohesive look that embodies the Whittle School values.