“With this project, we hope to provide an alternative to the typical masterplan, which is based on the traditional car-oriented road network,” says
Located on a site characterised by green hills, the 460,000-square-metre International Education Park will include education program for multiple universities, as well as dormitories, public program, national laboratories and innovation offices. The masterplan and the buildings will follow the site’s topography and spatial structure. The buildings will feature landscaped terraces and become an extension of the natural landform of the site.
The center of the campus will be formed by a valley, and include a landmark complex building. The valley will connect the International Education Park to the Futian metro station and the Aviation College to the northwest. The 80,000-square-metre building will form the heart of the education life and include a university library, student center, auditoriums, laboratories and offices.
“Inspired by the Lin Pan villages in Chengdu—traditional rural settlements that practice small scale farming and deploy ancient irrigation systems—the masterplan will be divided into six clusters, each highlighting a specific architectural typology defined by its program, as well as its relationship with the topography and local water systems,” explains Chris van Dujin. These zones include: the living cluster, the university cluster, the laboratory cluster, the market cluster, the public cluster, and the government cluster.
“All the clusters will be car free, with a scale to ensure that all places within can be reached within ten minutes,” continues van Dujin. “They will be connected with the train station and surrounding urban developments through a smart mobility network for automated vehicles. Defined by clusters integrating architecture and landscape, the masterplan will result in a dynamic environment that will inspire innovative ideas.”