Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation
Dominique Perrault 

Shenzhen Institute of Design and Innovation

Dominique Perrault 


The French firm headed by Dominique Perrault, in collaboration with the Chinese office Zhubo Design, has won the competition to build a new campus – accommodating 4,000 students – for the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen’s Bao’an Education City, carrying the day over 36 other entries. Also shortlisted were MVRDV and Studio Libeskind.

With a built area of 300,000 square meters, the complex includes classrooms, laboratories, a library, offices, an auditorium, sports facilities, and exhibition galleries. Integrated into the landscape, the main building (708 meters long, 120 wide, 29 tall) draws inspiration from the Chinese character «-», representing a line linking mountains to water.

The planning is based on two key elements defined by the architects as the ‘Hyper-Ground,’ a promenade featuring public spaces and accessways to the principal parts of the educational program, and which stretches on underneath the main volume; and the ‘Hyper-Roof,’ a huge green roof that incorporates sports facilities besides a rainwater collection system and photovoltaic panels.

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