An interesting new design by Aedas for the proposed Xi’an Jiao tong-Liverpool University campus. It is good to see an overseas building for a British University which has references back to the heritage and culture of the host county. Many elsewhere are copies of western architecture, the most extreme being those of Nottingham University where the buildings are a local interpretation of the exiting historic building in Nottingham.
Aedas are proposing a clean simple square pavilion, set in a large area of landscaped garden, with “flashbacks to the Taihu Stone, the ubiquitous limestone natural sculpture found in traditional Chinese gardens”. Taihu stone is naturally shaped and moulded by the elements to create irregular natural shapes, which are referenced in the free–flowing voids in the sides of the building.
The building, which houses administration and learning, teaching and student-activity facilities, is designed to be sustainable. The interior spaces of the building are designed to enable the south winds to flow through the central spaces to provides natural ventilation during the hot summers and a green roof is used with horizontal louvres on the facades to control light and solar gain, all set in a natural landscape.