UK-based architectural firm BDP has been selected to design the International Business School in the Chinese city of Suzhou, which is located 80km to the west of Shanghai.
The school is the last building of the Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) south campus.
XJTLU was founded in 2006 as a joint venture by Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, and the University of Liverpool, UK.
BDP was selected in 2012 to masterplan the large-scale campus to provide teaching, laboratory and research facilities, a humanities building, science building and training centre, and international exchange centre.
The architectural firm has already designed five faculty buildings on the site.
Under the latest contract, BDP will design 30,000m² of accommodation for the school’s three core areas of activity which include research, learning and teaching, business engagement.
BDP said the new building, which will look inwards facing the lake at the campus, has been designed with a highly glazed east-facing façade, which activates interaction between the interior and the landscape around the lake.
The detail of the glass louvres will maximise natural daylight and minimise solar gain.
The building’s atrium will feature a range of social and learning spaces, including a welcome and exhibition area, a café, games area, learning resource centre and an innovation hub.
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."
Image: Suzhou International Business School is the last building of the Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University south campus. Photo: courtesy of BDP.