[FIRST LOOK] BDP has been appointed to design a 30,000m² international business school for Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China
The high-profile project will be the sixth and final building to complete on the university’s prestigious new south campus which is planned to open in 2016.
BDP won an international contest to masterplan the entire development for the joint UK and Chinese university in 2012 and has so far designed five faculty buildings on the site.
The AJ100 practice’s latest scheme features 30,000m² of flexible space for research, learning, teaching and business engagement.
Overlooking a lake at the centre of the campus, the structure features a glazed east facing façade designed to boost ‘interaction’ between the building’s interior and surrounding landscape.
BDP architect associate Michael Cambden said: ‘Articulation of the glazing, structure and louvres creates a screen that combines elements of eastern and western design to reflect truly the international status of the school.’
An exhibition area, café, games area, learning resource centre and an innovation hub are planned for the business school’s atrium.
The new campus in the historic city of Suzhou – 80km west of Shanghai – is a joint venture between China’s Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool which was set up in 2006.
The university’s north campus, also in Suzhou, was designed by US firm Perkins + Will.