As part of a series of design exploration by the architect on re-inventing the courtyard typology for high-density urban context, the architecture of this 20 stories-high urban campus seeks for innovative ways to develop podium and tower typology. While the tower design explores alternative approaches to typical lift-dominated model of vertical buildings, the podium is also articulated into levels of terraces cascading along the main pedestrian path.
With four strategic voids created vertically and each became activity centres for four-levels of classrooms, the design organizes the program into several four-storied cubical massing as planning module. Through offsetting these cubical modules, a series of inter-connected greenery sky gardens are developed into an alternative pedestrian system all the way up as semi-outdoor campus spaces.
To minimize the use of mechanical lifts, the library is arranged at the mid-point of the tower as the new datum centre for redistributing the movement patterns. The façade articulation of the tower also reflects the pattern of the four-level module and solid-void rhythm.