The recently completed new home for the French International School in Tseung Kwan O district in central Hong Kong was designed by our friends at Henning Larsen. It measures nearly 211,K SqFt, and is an active and open learning environment which can accommodate over 1,000 grade school students. The colorful facade features 627 ceramic tiles which, when struck by sunlight, create a kaleidoscope effect. The design integrates conventionally laid out classrooms and corridors with large, open communal spaces known as “Villas;” these are equipped to host 125 students, and each can be opened up to join another Villa adjacent to create an even more expansive collaborative space. In keeping with the School’s sustainability goals, natural light plays a major role in the interiors, while brise-soleil sun shades protect against solar gain. The project also includes a nearly 6,K SqFt botanical garden with multi-storey hanging gardens.