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Aedas unwraps limestone-inspired University block in China

Aedas has completed this 14-storey,  51,000m² administration building for the new International University in Suzhou

The building was commissioned for the The Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University (XJTLU), a new joint venture founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool.

Serving as the focal hub of the new international university, the 60m-high cube’s design was inspired by the famous Taihu stone, which is a kind of limestone found near the Taihu lake area west of Suzhou city.

Emulating the pores and holes within Taihu stone, Aedas has introduced voids within the new administration building’s structure to allow more natural light to penetrate the heart of the building and allow users to interact within a three-dimensional Suzhou garden.

As well as their aesthetic qualities, the voids provide an important role in regulating the building’s temperature, encouraging natural ventilation in the summer months.

Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design acted as M&E consultant and structural engineer, while Shenyang Yuanda Aluminimum Industry Engineering was commissioned as main contractor for the works.

Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University Administration Information Building by Aedas

Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University Administration Information Building by Aedas

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  • Having just returned from Suzhou and this building, I believe this project would be a very relevant and informative case study for those architects interested in how things are done in China. Focusing on the high aspirations and design intent of the architect, compared to what the LDI's and contractors understand and are capable of delivering.

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