At the end of April 2019, the ground-breaking ceremony was held in Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Taicang Campus. HPP works as the chief consultant for the architecture, landscape, and interior design to help realize this project since we bided successfully in 2018. With a total investment of RMB 4 billion and construction area of 470,000 square meters, the project is committed to a cradle for elites and leaders in emerging industries and a model for future universities. The first batch of undergraduate enrollment will be start in 2019, and the project will be completed in 2021.
French philosopher Gilles Deleuze proposed that the development of human society has undergone a transformation from the root-tree system of the authoritative society to the fascicular-system of modernity, which forms a set of rules. In the future, it will develop into an acentered rhizome system with an increase in valence. Correspondingly, advanced education has also developed from the encyclopedic teaching mode since ancient times to the multi-disciplinary group teaching mode in modern times. University should reflect the characteristics of the future society. The delayering integrated organizational structure development of diversity should be the future.
Syntegrative Education is the core design concept we uphold in designing Taicang Campus, and it is also the application of Deleusze's theory about Society and Knowledge Structure Development. In the design, we connect a series of teaching, scientific research, industry and supporting buildings in a circular ring so as to form a comprehensive combination of flat spaces, creating a beautiful and peaceful campus. The ring defines the relationship between internal and external spaces. The external space is oriented to the city, while the internal space creates a secluded world of tranquility. Thus, this forms a sharp contrast between internal and external spaces.
With open, individualized and pluralistic spaces in our minds, we strive to create a complex space to meet the educational demands in the campus. The lower part of the ring and inner circle will mainly serve as a syntegrative education and innovation platform with a Learning-Mall as the main body, while the remaining U-shaped volume will mainly be intended for the industry schools. Together with public facilities and living area, they form the overall framework of the university. The first and second phases of Taicang Campus are planned to construct 210,000 square meters of teaching area and 110,000 square meters of dormitory living space, and the third phase is planned to complete another 40,000 square meters of teaching area.
Guided by the philosophy of life-long learning, the Learning-Mall is designed to create an open environment for students, enterprises and society to integrate and share high-quality educational resources in XJTLU. The big ring, the main body of the Learning-Mall, is a 360-degree uninterrupted shared teaching facility. The ring has easy and convenient access to the surrounding schools and functional teaching rooms, and it also serves as a connecting space between diffrent colleges.
In this 360-degree Learning-Mall, ubiquitous learning spaces consist of various classrooms/discussion rooms as well as many comfortable open spaces for teachers, students and enterprises to conduct exchanges and discussions. It also includes outdoor spaces, especially the waterfront platform on the second floor, which is a freely accessible extension of the indoor learning space. Upon entering the inner circle through the overhead bottom along the river, one can come in sight of a splendid picture with luxuriant grass and fragrant flowers. You will feel the spatial experience like entering the "Peach Blossom Spring", where you can immerse yourself in the salubrious learning atmosphere integrated with nature.
"How can it be so clear and cool? For water fresh comes from its source." Water is a symbol of knowledge and an important element of campus landscape. We have retained the water system within the site design. The original T-shaped river is changed to be Y-shaped in order to exist in concert with the buildings and to create hydrophilic interfaces for every building. The waterfront with pleasant scale is designed in a soft and natural manner. To echo the fictitious image of the "Peach Blossom Spring", peach trees are planted along the river banks. On the first and second floors, a circular running trail is set up to make people in sports feel the organic integration of architecture and nature.
By considering the natural, history and teaching philosophy, we have designed a rich and unique building volume, and combined buildings with landscape so as to create a well-arranged spatial effect. With the creative idea originated from the beauty of Taicang located in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, we have applied the state-of-the-art building materials and technology to the facades of buildings. This design not only meets the lighting needs of teaching buildings, but also presents a rich and colorful facade image which is novel and identifiable. One entrance is designed for each of the four interfaces of the plot in the teaching area. The south entrance, facing the main road of the city, serves as the image entrance where we have designed a media box with the functions of publicity and display combined.
The concept of circular economy is the design criterion of HPP. In the overall design of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Taicang Campus, we still want to apply the nature-respecting idea of planting: spread planting soil and grow vegetation on the waterproof layer of building roof to reach the effect of waterproof, warm preservation, heat insulation and eco-environmental protection. Planting roof is an effective way to increase the coverage of urban greening, mitigate the "urban heat island effect", reduce air pollution, save energy, intercept rainwater, prolong the service life of waterproof layer, improve the ecological environment and beautify the urban landscape. On the premise of ensuring the safety of urban drainage and waterlogging prevention, rainwater can be stored, infiltrated and purified at a maximum degree in urban areas with the combination of natural ways and artificial measures so as to promote utilization of rainwater resources and protection of ecological environment. Every detail in processing embodies HPP's core concept of sustainable development in the architectural design.
团队：薛燕、马越、Maria Kohl、王伟树、崔皓、王维宁、Julian Granados、George Mocea
Project Name: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Taicang Campus
Client: Taicang Culture & Education Investment and Development Co., Ltd.
Location: Taicang, Jiangsu
Site: 319,072 sqm
GFA: 324,803 sqm
Service Scope: Architectural, Landscape, Interior Design and Lead Consultant:
Designed by: HPP
Chief Designer: Jens Kump
Project Leader: Qi Ren
Team: Yan Xue, Yue Ma, Maria Kohl, Weishu Wang, Hao Cui, Weining Wang, Julian Granados, and George Mocea
Project Leader: Yi Kang
Team: Yaping Xu, Yahao Yang, Jingxian Gao
Project Leader: Amanda Xu
Team: Yan Jiang, Xinling Jiang, Lu Wang, Xinlian Xu
Educational Building Design
Director: Tao Wang
LDI: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Facade Consultant：Meinhardt Facade Technology Co., LTD
Lighting Consultant：Shanghai Bipin Lighting Design Center