Campus Complex

Campus Complex for Hangzhou Normal University by WSP ARCHITECTS




Campus Complex
Photo © Zhang Hui

Century-old Hangzhou Normal University builds a new campus five kilometers west of the Xixi Wetland. Here, there is a typical river network in the south of the Yangtze River.

Campus Complex
Photo © Zhang Hui

One kilometer west of the University is the Warehouse Street of nearly nine hundred years of historical heritage; Water Silk Cotton was once prominent. The new campus planning consists of more than a dozen independent but fully open colleges, whose architectural style are different, forming a rich puzzle.

Campus Complex
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In the center of these colleges, the planner arranged a core area complex for all the colleges, including administrative center, archives, adult education centre, institute of Hangzhou urbanization, center library, teacher and student activity center, hotel and reception center, international conference center, theatre and central plaza; these are the design tasks we are facing.

Campus Complex
Photo © RUIJING Photography

Concepts and ideas start with urban design. First of all, a huge site is divided into several smaller-scaled blocks, which are completely open to each other and closely connected to surrounding colleges.

Campus Complex
Photo © Zhang Hui

Each block is based upon one main function, considering the requirements of an independent managing body for operational management, the blocks are also linked with each other to meet the needs of convenient and flexible use.

Campus Complex
Photo © Zhang Hui

As far as possible, the ground buildings are arranged to the outside of the blocks, so as to enclose the Main Square in the middle, and the central axis connecting south subway station passes through the square. Here is defined as a fully open space for pedestrians.

Campus Complex
Photo © RUIJING Photography

Architectural design is based on a strict modular system, which is used to control the plane, elevation and details of construction of this complicated functional complex, so as to ensure reasonable economic cost, to achieve a high degree of completion of construction quality; and to reduce the burden on future operations and maintenance.

Campus Complex
Photo © RUIJING Photography

It is also a highly adaptive modular system, and we carried out the targeted adjustments to the different requirements of the ten main functions. Besides the standardization of modular system and the most apparent framework of the structure, the architectural presentation to teachers and students is a soft and changeable image, with the expression of our understanding of Hangzhou city character.

Campus Complex
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It is a direct reflection of the functions such as functional interconnection, outdoor activities, ventilation, and sunshade and so on. It also reduces the volume of the building.

Campus Complex
Photo © Zhang Hui

As the campus commanding height defined by the plan, we want to make it look like a viewing platform in the landscape, overlooking the campus, overlooking the old streets and looking out over nature. Century-old school is reborn in the new century; the interconnected platform is an open stage for teachers and students to perform infinite innovations. Source by WSP ARCHITECTS.

Campus Complex
Photo © RUIJING Photography
  • Location: Yuhang District, Hangzhou, China
  • Architect: WSP ARCHITECTS
  • Chief Architects: Wu Gang/Chen Ling
  • Project Team: Qu Keming, Sui Lubo, Song Nan, Qin Li, Lu Fang, Zhou Liangcai
  • Joint-design Company: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co,Ltd.
  • Client: Hangzhou Normal University
  • Site Area: 61648 m2
  • Building Area: 161426 m2
  • Completion date: 2016
  • Photographs: RUIJING Photography, Zhang Hui, Courtesy of WSP ARCHITECTS
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