Datong Theater - Construction Site

 

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Campus


2012

Shenzhen, China

Educational ― University

Competition


Site Area: 501,300 sqm

Building Area: 103,301 sqm

Total Floor Area: 461,677 sqm

Park in the city, campus in the park and courtyards & gardens in the campus. The distributions and transitions among different spatial masses are as follows:
Since in the north the base is against Tonggu Hill of Universiade Natural Park it possesses some quite hillside natural conditions. While taking into considerations of the hill benefits, the campus planning also ponders upon the potentials to establish a good spatial transition with the city main roads that are facing the other side of the base.
First, the entrance of the site is faced with Long Xiang Blvd – a common axis-network city main road. Due to the road’s big size and fast speed, we propose to arrange the terraced teaching buildings in one line nearest to the road. In the meantime this urban weight, as a kind of urban façade, is arranged in the part of the university campus that is nearest to the city. The openings in the buildings not only serve as better ventilations but also peepholes into the campus landscape, becoming another highlight of the city façade.
Second, the living quarters are arranged nearest to the hill so that the relatively scattered semi-closed halls integrate with the curving hills. In this way a pleasant residential environment is created with the halls facing the green shade of the campus forward and lush green hills backward.
Connecting those two are the buildings such as the auditorium and the library that line the campus longitudinal axis. They are the transitions between urban and mountain volumes as well as commemorative symbols on campus. Those relatively independent Colleges, with their gardens and courtyards encircled by such building arrangements, create a sound space for learning, entertaining and living.
In the light of mathematics, the standard urban axis-network is the Cartesian coordinates; the hills are the continuous fractions of irregular objects while the campus planning between the two is the product of the fractal process. It is both natural and human; both primitive and modern.