New campus for Hangzhou Normal University in China
The Hangzhou Normal University’s campus planning consists of more than a dozen independent but fully open colleges, whose architectural style is different, forming a rich puzzle.
WSP was challenged to design an administrative center, archives, an adult education center, the Institute of Hangzhou Urbanization, a central library, teacher and student activity centers, a hotel and reception center, an international conference center, a theatre and the central plaza.
The huge site is divided into several smaller-scaled blocks, which are completely open to each other and closely connected to surrounding colleges.
Each block is based upon one main function, considering the requirements of an independent managing body for operational management. The blocks are also linked with each other to meet the needs of convenient and flexible use.