Designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, Located on a prominent site adjacent to two of Shanghai’s principal connections to the Pudong – Shanghai International Airport, and centered within the Zhang Jiang Science and Technology Park, the new campus for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is an iconic symbol of the region’s exciting growth in the high-tech field while simultaneously creating an innovative, memorable and humane place for study and research.. The new university campus is a vibrant hub of activity bringing students, faculty, administration, as well as, business and research leaders into joint entrepreneurial pursuits furthering the richness of the campus experience.
While great universities are primarily known for the quality of their academic and research pursuits, the physical setting greatly contributes to the faculty, student, researcher and visitor experience and the institution’s sense of Identity. The built and landscaped environment, through the quality of materials used and the shaping of space, creates it is being a Memorable Place. Great campuses around the world are known for this memorable quality which often develops from a set of richly landscaped spaces and structures clad in a palette of locally sourced materials. Rather than style, the underlying consistent use of materials, patterns, textures, and colors allows for flexibility and growth unifying structures of varying scales, styles, and uses.
Initiated as the winner of an invited international design competition, the master plan for this new, ground-up campus was recognized for its creation of world-class research facilities rooted in an environment that is unique of the Shanghai region. Each aspect of the campus was carefully considered in how these frame and support the academic core. Welcoming visitors to the University, a contemporary Crescent links Administration, Teaching, and Library with the Great Lawn on the campus’ south side. Extending northwards radially from the Lawn are three axes of differing landscaped characters – pastoral, formal academic and lively urban – each a linear “green” and primary north-south pedestrian connection for the campus’ three primary neighborhoods. Intersecting the Greens and linking the neighborhoods is the Gallery, a curved, glass-roofed multi-use promenade that extends from the Residential Village on the east to four of the academic Colleges and the primary entrepreneurial and incubator facility. A fifth College, recreational facilities, a student center, faculty housing and a multi-use conference and hospitality center complete the major components of the campus.
Deeply rooted in sustainable design principals, the master plan embraces innovation and cutting-edge technologies, while developing spaces to encourage connection and interaction. High performance and sustainable design strategies for the project have been developed with an emphasis on innovative solutions that will reduce the environmental footprint of the built environment measured in terms of carbon, energy, water, and waste. Developed with an integrated below-grade service level that eliminates most surface vehicular traffic, interwoven waterways that drain the campus while providing unique settings for campus life and a wide variety of passive and active energy production and conservation approaches, the campus strives toward being a leading example of sustainable resource stewardship in China.