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The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD

The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD

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Yanan, China
  • Architects: THAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  575000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Li Yao
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Windows, Facade
© Li Yao

Text description provided by the architects. In the old revolutionary district of Yan'an, designing a new campus for a university with a profound history and cultural heritage is a challenging proposition. The design needs to connect the past with the future, and let the history glow with the charm of the new era.

The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Cityscape
aerial view. Image © Li Yao
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Windows, Arch
panorama. Image © Li Yao

We hope to make a difference from the previous campus design, going back to the origins, and exploring more deeply the connotation of this land, which reflect the spirit and regional culture of Yan'an.

site plan
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Windows, Facade
© Li Yao

Yan'an enjoys distinctive architectural features, caves with setbacks are common scenes. We use it as the architectural symbol for the new campus to restore and connect the past, strengthen the regional elements, and inherit the historical context.

The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Facade
© Li Yao
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Facade, Arcade
© Li Yao
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Arcade, Arch, Column
museum see from library arch. Image © Li Yao

Setback is applied in the main building volumes, which is a symbolic feature of the new campus. The cave is another architectural element and runs through the design of the entire campus.

library section
The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Shelving, Beam
library north side atrium. Image © Li Yao

But instead of simply imitating, it is combined with the campus culture and practical functional needs, using the Yan'an cave to shape the arcade, which serves as the building base and enhances the sense of weight.

The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Brick, Column
arch space. Image © Li Yao

It provides excellent communication space for teachers and students, also serves as circulation corridors to connect different functional areas.

The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD - Windows, Facade
© Li Yao

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Address:Yan’an, Shanxi, China

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Cite: "The New Campus of Yan’an University / THAD" 22 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/924951/the-new-campus-of-yanan-university-thad> ISSN 0719-8884
library exterior. Image © Li Yao

延安大学新校区规划设计 / 清华大学建筑设计研究院

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