International Competition for Future School Design in Western China (Chongqing) Science City – Season 1 will be launched soon! The competition releases 4 public school projects of Western China (Chongqing) Science City in 2022, and is open to global design teams.

At the sixth meeting of the CPC Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission, General Secretary Xi Jinping made special arrangements for the development of Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, stressing that “support the cooperation between the two places to build Western China Science City in the mode of ‘one city, multiple campuses’, and make Chengdu-Chongqing region a science and technology innovation center with national influence”. The construction of Western China (Chongqing) Science City is a concrete action to carry out such important instructions.

The Western China (Chongqing) Science City is the future of scientific and technological innovation and high-quality development of Chongqing. Chongqing is holding the strength and wisdom of the whole city in such effort. With the overall orientation of “Science City and Innovation Highland”, The Western China (Chongqing) Science City closely follows principles of “five sciences” and “five technologies”, focuses on the theme of science, develops city for the future, and builds itself into a “city for scientists and entrepreneurs”. The Western China (Chongqing) Science City strives to build a “Western China Education Special Zone” with “Education Leading Area, Education Innovation Pioneering Area, and National Smart Education Demonstration Zone” as the core. In order to accelerate the improvement of city functions, construction of a number of primary and secondary schools and kindergartens are to be launched.

Diagram of Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle

This competition is hosted by Chongqing High-tech Industry Development Zone Administration Committee Public Service Bureau, organized by Chongqing High-tech Development and Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd., and co-organized by Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd..

This competition is to explore future school space design with future-oriented education philosophy. The design shall reflect the unique characteristics of Chongqing as “a city of mountains and rivers, a place of beautiful landscape”, and realize the concept of “High-tech Innovation · Smart Education”, to achieve distinctive future schools.


Competition Objectives

  1. Create high-standard and high-quality campuses, encourage teaching innovation, adapt to future education development.
  2. Emphasize characterized design to achieve a unique educational environment for each school.
  3. Advocate local and ecological features, reflect the unique characteristics of Chongqing as “a city of mountains and rivers, a place of beautiful landscape”. Build low-carbon and green campuses.
  4. Embody the characteristics of scientific innovation, promote new trends of smart education, and advocate the use of new materials/technology to build models of smart campuses.
  5. The competition emphasizes the uniqueness of each school, asking architects to understand the school’s needs and research space design to meet the educational philosophies of each school. Interpret the site characteristic to put forward design ideas, and control the implementation process. Architects, school authorities, construction parties and supervised departments shall collaborate deeply to ensure the construction of high-standard, characteristic and high-quality public schools in Western China (Chongqing) Science City.


Project Overview

The 4 public schools are all located in Chongqing High-tech Zone, which is also the core of Western China (Chongqing) Science City. This area is the new city center where basic scientific research and technological innovation functions are gathered.

4 public schools include kindergarten, primary school, junior and senior high school. We hope to comprehensively discuss the teaching mode and educational space design of each school age segment, highlighting the characteristics of each school and improving the quality of campus space.

Project Location

Project Sites


4 schools are 4 independent projects. Each team can choose no more than 2 projects to register for the competition, but cannot register for project 1 Jinfeng School of Western China (Chongqing) Science City and Project 2 Hangu School of Western China (Chongqing) Science City at the same time.


Project 1: Jinfeng School of Western China (Chongqing) Science City

School Size: 48-class elementary school, 48-class junior high school, 60-class senior high school and 6-class international school

Site Area: 217616.55 sq.m., in which 18932.30 sq.m. is restricted construction area

Gross Floor Area: about 169000 sq.m. tentatively

Project 1 Site Diagrams 


Project 2: Hangu School of Western China (Chongqing) Science City

School Size: 12-class kindergarten, 48-class elementary school, 48-class junior high school, and 60-class senior high school

Site Area: 175939.72 sq.m.

Gross Floor Area: about 232000 sq.m. tentatively

Project 2 Site Diagrams


Project 3: Western China Science City School Affiliated to Chongqing No.8 Secondary School (Expansion)

School Size: 48-class junior high school and 60-class senior high school

Site Area: 134893.90 sq.m.

Gross Floor Area: about 192000 sq.m. tentatively

Project 3 Site Diagrams


Project 4: Hangu Junior High School of Western China (Chongqing) Science City

School Size: 48-class junior high school

Site Area: 42328.92 sq.m.

Gross Floor Area: about 63000 sq.m. tentatively

Project 3 Site Diagrams


Competition Rules

The competition adopts the method of open solicitation, divided into Pre-qualification Phase, Conceptual Design Competition Phase and Final Approval Phase.

  • Pre-qualification Phase

Pre-qualification Review Committee shall review application materials submitted by the participating teams including concept proposal, experience of chief architect and the team, and comprehensively determine 5 shortlisted proposals without ranking and 2 alternatives with ranking by voting.

There will be 20 shortlisted proposals all together (5 for each school) to enter the next phase.

  • Conceptual Design Competition Phase

The shortlisted teams submit complete architectural conceptual design according to relevant requirements. Only 1 design for each project shall be submitted. Scheme Review Committee shall evaluate the design schemes anonymously, and fully listen to opinions of the host, organizer, builders and users, then determine ranking of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, and 2 unranked shortlisted award teams for each school by voting.

  • Final Approval Phase

The host and supervised department shall make final examination of the results given by the Scheme Review Committee. In principle, the 1st place selected by the Scheme Review Committee shall be the winner and the corresponding design contract shall be awarded if there are no other special circumstances such as excessive project cost exceeding the budget. The 2nd and 3rd teams will receive the Excellence Award, and the other two will receive the Shortlisted Award.

The competition results will be published after confirmation by the host, for 3 working days.


Application Requirements

  1. Applicants must be domestic or overseas legally registered companies or organizations. Two or more legal persons, parent companies, wholly-owned subsidiaries and their holding companies with the same legal representative shall be regarded as the same applicant and shall not apply for the same project at the same time.
  2. There is no qualification requirement.
  3. Each applicant must specify the school project applying for. Each applicant can choose no more than 2 projects, but cannot simultaneously apply for project 1 and Project 2.
  4. Consortium is accepted, with no more than 2 members (1 leading + 1 member). Consortium members shall sign the Consortium Agreement legally and specify the leading member and work distribution.
  5. Each member of the consortium shall not further apply for the same project alone or by joining another consortium. But one applicant is allowed to form two different consortiums to apply for two different schools, but not for project 1 and 2 at the same time.
  6. Individual or team of individuals are not accepted.


Winner contract

  1. Work Scope of the Winner Contract

The winner of each project will be awarded of schematic design and design development contract.

The contract work scope covers: Including but not limited to building, structure, water supply and drainage, electrical, hvac, civil air defense, BIM, prefabricated, energy saving, green building, sponge city, landscape, signage, interior design, floodlight, building intelligence, biochemical pool and related disciplines. Work include schematic design (including estimation), design development (including budget), Follow-up EPC bidding cooperation service. The winner shall send professionals to provide on-site services, and assist the client or the agent of the client to complete the preparation of feasibility study, project approval, construction and other approval procedures. Design at each stage must pass the examination. The winner is responsible for review of construction drawing design, construction supervision, completion acceptance and other coordination work; the chief architect shall be responsible for work necessary in the process of construction document preparation and construction.

The winner must ensure that the design drawings meet the requirements of schematic design and design development. If they do not have relevant professional qualifications, they can entrust a qualified design company to assist on some work to ensure that the design drawings meet the depth requirements. The final work content is subject to the design contract.

  1. Design Fee

The estimated design fee of the winner contract in this competition is shown in the following table. The basic design fee shall be calculated according to the construction and installation fee approved in the estimate document as the billing base.

The contract design fee is calculated according to the tentative construction and installation fee of each project, and the rules are as follows: The basic design fee of the project is calculated according to the “Engineering Survey and Design Charge Standard” (price [2002] No. 10) formulated by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Construction. The total basic design fee of the project is calculated with the coefficient of specialty as 1, the coefficient of engineering complexity as 1, and the additional adjustment coefficient as 1. The winning contract awarded this time covers schematic design, design development stage, and related cooperation work. The contract design fee shall be 50% of the total basic design fee of each project. The related professional design fees within the scope of site boundary of each project are all included and will not be billed separately.


Competition Bonus

For each project that is pre-qualified but not winning, if the deliverables are determined by the Scheme Review Committee as meeting the design requirements of the competition, the organizer will pay the corresponding bonus as follows:



The official announcement of this competition will be issued soon. We welcome all design teams to pre-register. If interested, please scan the QR code or visit the link below to fill out pre-registration information. The pre-registration deadline is at 17:00, March 22, 2022 (UCT+8). We will inform pre-registers by email once the official announcement is released.

All information shall be subject to the official announcement released later.

Please fill out pre-registration information accurately so that the co-organizer can inform updates of the competition in time.



Host Chongqing High-tech Industry Development Zone Administration Committee Public Service Bureau

Organizer Chongqing High-tech Development and Construction Investment Group Co., Ltd.

Co-Organizer Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd.

Inquiry Email

Phone/WeChat Ms. Chen +86-19129915597 Mr. Lin +86-18038132407

Project Homepage


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