Architectural and design studio Penda (Vienna and Beijing), elaborated a proposal for the new gateway of Shenzen Southern University of Science and Technology. The proposal is entitled “Between Earth and Sky” a metaphor for all those that enter the campus through the landmark.

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“Between Earth and Sky” tells of a waypoint, a change from the earthly world to something beyond. A passage from the earthly knowledge to more ethereal discoveries more advanced  experiments on modern science. The design for the entrance of the campus is like a solid built yin-yan.

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Two opposites united, the land element building a fluid soft hills that supports an entire grid structure of light, just like a metaphor of the ethereal sky, for the unknown, the undiscovered.

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For the architects of the studio Penda, the landmark symbolizes the free thinking on one hand and some guide lines on the other, like system and order in science, a contrast between endless possibilities and technical limitations.

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The same sculpture is a metaphor for a Technical University, should stand for a simbioseentre nature and technology.
The formal design of wings that make the entry is inspired by a Chinese adage that parents tell their children when they go to college, “fly on the wings of an eagle to your success.”

By  Luis Pina Lopes

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