Located in Suzhou Industrial Park, the Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University occupies a beautiful environment where there is a harmonious
coexistence of the city’s rich cultural traditions and its rapid economic development. Aedas’ design for its Administration Information Building
was inspired by the famous Taihu stone unearthed around the Suzhou city.
Taihu stones are sometimes referred as scholar’s stones, as they are much appreciated by Chinese scholars. They are a kind of limestone exposed to
long term wave erosion, resulting in pores and holes all over the stone. Peculiar and precipitous in appearance, the stones are of high ornamental
value and have been a garden designers’ favourite since the ancient time.
The porous nature of the stones is transformed into a void structure with functional spaces linking up different programmes within the building,
including an administration center, a learning and resources center, a training center and a student activities center. The voids also allow the building
to respond to the users and surrounding context and turn it into a vessel for interaction. The different heights of voids create a three-dimensional
Suzhou garden within the building, and provide rooms for sustainable features such as the introduction of natural daylight and ventilation.
Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University is a new international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of
Liverpool UK as a joint venture. The Administration Information Building recently topped other category winners and won the Grand Prize at South
China Morning Post Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards 2014. It also received a Platinum award under Architecture, Building and Structure
Design at A’ Design Awards 2013 – 2014 and was shortlisted in the World Architecture News Commercial Awards 2013.
Project: Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University Administration Information Building
Location: Suzhou, China
Client: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
Completion year: 2013
Gross area: 59,893 square metres
Aedas turns the scholar’s stone into a university building