Text description provided by the architects. In 2009 a prestigious American Foundation and Jiao Tong University invited Kokaistudios to design the building for the new faculty of law in the prestigious location of the historical campus of the Shanghai University in the center of the city.
This particular site being characterized by an important historical and symbolic role for the city and at the same time by a strong natural environment required considerable effort in terms of design in order to find architectural answers that could satisfy in a harmonious way all the needs.
The site is rich of historical buildings with wonderful face brick facades and the surroundings of the new building are full of protected trees that creates a complex environmental system, relation with has been starting point of our design approach.
The new building for the University is also the chance to set a different standard of living for the future including a deep study on instruments to increase the sustainability and the energy efficiency of these public projects in China.