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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.

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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.

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Via World Architecture News