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Rendering of exterior view of 3 buildings for the Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation
Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation

Campus Gracefully Blends Technology and Environment

Project Location

Shenzhen, China

Client

Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources of Shenzhen Municipality

Area

3,436,500 SF

Services

Architecture, interiors, master planning

The design vision for the Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation promotes the city as a global center for innovation. The master plan site interpretation ensures transdisciplinary and design thinking occurs among students and faculty for all academic programs. Interconnected teaching buildings, exhibition hall, auditorium, library, sports hall, and dormitories produce a rich entrepreneurial environment.

The proposed design provides a green, sustainable campus that integrates programming, architecture, landscape, circulation, and infrastructure in an intensive and economical way. It takes full advantage of existing urban development in the South Campus and environmental conditions in the North Campus to ensure student creativity, feasible development, and flexible expansion.

Campus Design

The proposed design takes full advantage of existing urban development in the South Campus and environmental conditions in the North Campus to ensure student creativity, feasible development, and flexible expansion.

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Collaboration Space

South Campus

Practice-focused collaboration occurs between buildings along an interactive, climate protected, central pedestrian circulation spine. This north/south campus axis and primary pathway takes advantage of the dramatic topography, inspiring views, and numerous points of program access on multiple levels.

View from ground of walkway between buildings. Window walls from right with a 6 story brown building extending over another
02
Creating Community

North Campus

The pathway links the campus heart with North Campus landscape nodes, graduate workshops, and existing small lakes. Indoor and outdoor maker spaces showcase student activity and provide recreation, inspiration, and shared space for neighboring schools.

Walkways at multiple levels connecting different buildings and surface levels
03
Connecting to Industry

East/West Promenade

The urban interface between SIDI and surrounding streets promotes high visibility and easy access to hands-on learning. An east/west ceremonial promenade connects the campus main entry with the Upper Lake. Along the route of stepping plazas and fountains, visitors can see workshops and community areas where students live, learn, and work together. At the terminus, the promenade looks east to the natural beauty of water, forest and ridgelines. It also looks back to the west to a wide variety of campus activity.

Window wall structure built into hill with wide stairs. At the top, upper levels of building extend over walkway

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