Mecanoo, with Shenzhen-based architecture practices Urbanus, Node and IBR, have made the shortlist for the new campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen. The project entails a 100 ha masterplan and 450,000 m² of architectural design in two phases.
The project budget is approximately 188 million.
The new campus includes housing for professors and 11,000 students, and will also feature academic offices, classrooms, a lecture hall, laboratory, library, gym and cafeteria. The project budget is approximately 188 million.
Over 119 teams participated in the first round, with a total of six teams making the shortlist including UNStudio, Morphosis, Rocco Design and WSP Architectural Design Consulting. Final designs are to be submitted by mid-July.
As a leading institution in Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong wants to tap into resources outside Hong Kong to scale up the research for achieving its aspiration of excellence. A new Shenzhen campus and research institution will help the university to use educational and research resources from the national and local government as well as industries in the Pearl River Delta region, one of the most important hubs of China's economic growth.
Half of the 100 hectare campus park in Longgang District is buildable area while the other half consists of public green areas managed by the university. The new campus, which is partially embedded in Universiade Natural Park, will respect the history and culture of surrounding neighborhoods while reflecting the regional culture of Shenzhen and its characteristics as a modern city.
Mecanoo is also working in the Longgang District on Shenzhen Cultural Center, which comprises a public art museum, science museum, youth centre and a mega bookstore totaling 90,000 m². In Kaoshiung (Taiwan) the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts, one of the world's largest theatre complexes (141,000 m²), is under construction, with a concert hall, opera house, playhouse, recital hall, public library and congress halls.
Other Mecanoo projects in the field of education include the campus of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS in Moscow, Amsterdam University College and Technical University Delft Library and Campus Masterplan.