Chinese practice AEDAS unveiled their innovative design for the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. Founded by Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK, the new institution is the first of its kind to be approved by the Chinese government. Its administrative department is housed in a cube-shaped building that mimics the pores and holes of the famous Taihu stone. And a sloped green adds a special touch too.
The Sino-Foreign cooperative university is part of a new program approved by the government in 1994. The University decided to build a world-class university dedicated to training experts. Its Administration Information Building is located in Suzhou Industrial Park, adjacent to the site where the famous Taihu stone is unearthed.
The stone is found in a variety of colors and shapes and has often been used in traditional Chinese architecture. Called ‘the scholar’s stone,” the material features a lot of cavities thanks to its long-term exposure to erosion.
AEDAS’ building mimics Taihu’s ornamental nature-the pores are transformed into voids between functionally different parts of the building, such as the administration center, learning and resource center, the training center and student activities center. Emphasizing a dynamic relationship between volumes, the voids allow for the creation of a three-dimensional garden.
+ AEDAS Architects