Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Project: Sci-Tech Fashion University
Location: Zhejiang, China
Architect: SPANS associates
Engineer: SPANS associates
SPANS associates, architecture and structure, develops the campus master plan on the idea that each components of the programme are connected with each other and define a continuous pattern. The whole master plan fragmented geometry has been created considering the life dynamic on the campus: each single activity is connected to the whole. It is a family of buildings and activities where each member has a position, origin, hierarchy and function together.
Central core building as a continuous ribbon
The main teaching programmes, library and related administrative buildings have been united into a ring and radial organisation as the primary core building. It does represent he main central feature. It is the centre, attractor of the whole campus. All different networks have a direct path to the core building. This idea of the ring reminds of the importance of the continuity, dynamic growth and heritage of knowledge through generations.
The core building is linked by a central spiralling ramp like a catwalk. It does symbolise the vortex of creativity. Some parts of the ramps can be used as well to exhibit, workshop and catwalk. Along the full length of the ramps, it can be an equipped fashion show! The central part of the ring building is a public common space where the campus community can gather, meet exchange where all general information are centralised. This area is as well the entrance to all programme .Concerts, public speech, installation, and show can as well happen as specific event.
Sport and residence activities as extension to the ribbon
The other parts of the programme (sport hall, stadium and residencies) are directly connected to the central ring by pedestrian and cycling paths throughout the whole master plan. Each “programme island” is linked but has its own hierarchy and separated secondary network. It is a celebration of connectivity. These activities have been spread on the whole site into an harmonic pattern, so that each of these programme can be visually identified from any other points. It is a way of connected all activities, helping orientation and creating a whole rather a juxtaposition of activities.
The CAMPUS flow: celebration of the “in between space”, the landscape area and buildings ROOFS
It is a project which considers the space in between buildings and on the buildings as a continuous landscape pattern.
All single activities are linked by primary connection lines, or secondary connections, to encourage different way of linking the campus points : direct connection, indirect journey. It does define the concept of time to reach each of the different building complexes.
All outer landscape area is seen as a continuous flow of other activities: break, walk, cycle, relaxing activities. The space is defined in between the building and on the building roofs designed continuously with steps. It does define the campus outer space quality and surfaces between buildings and onto the buildings themselves by occupying some of the roof as “5th facade”.
SPANS associates, architecture and structure, can imagine all students meeting at this main central public, occupying the landscaped roof area, waiting, studying, and gathering on the gentle slopes.