On the water side – Medical College Building of Jiangnan University, China by TJAD

College Research Building Integrating with Landscape

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The Medical College Building of Jiangnan University is located in Lihu Campus of Jiangnan University, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province. The total land area is 19172 square meters and the total building area is 23117 square meters. The main functions include medical teaching laboratory, anatomy laboratory, Life Science Museum and public affairs center. The project launched a design competition in 2014, from which the scheme of the Institute of Architectural Design of Tongji University won and the project was completed in 2017.

▼医学大楼外观,exterior of the Medical College Building


两个景观轴线|Two Landscape Axis


We started the design from the analysis of the current situation of the base, and formed two landscape axes in the layout of the building. The east-west landscape axis connects Changguangxi Wetland Park, the Main Road, Core Landscape Water System and the Library . So the East and west sides of the building are the main display interfaces. We set up a number of viewing platforms to integrate the building into the landscape,so that people can enjoy a beautiful view by these sides. The north-south landscape axis is mainly based on the land use of the building itself. We use multiple courtyards and balcony space to form a relation between inner space and open landscape. The existing pond is preserved , and connected with the main water system of the campus. The water system, courtyard spaces and the inner public spaces form a hierarchical north-south axis.

▼建筑布局上形成两个景观轴,the design formed two landscape axes in the layout of the building


对传统合院与园林的抽象化呈现|The abstract presentation of traditional courtyards and Gardens


In the design of courtyard space, through the abstraction and refinement of “courtyard” space and “landscape garden” landscape space, the two characteristics of the landscape are integrated, creating an interesting communication space, and achieving the unity of man and nature.

▼设计过程-对“庭院”空间和“风景园林”景观空间的抽象和提炼融合,design process- the abstraction and refinement of “courtyard” space and “landscape garden” landscape space


尊重自然和现有的校园文脉|Respect for Nature and Existing Campus Context


Environment is the condition for the existence of architecture. Architecture should coexist with natural environment. Water system is an important natural feature on the campus of Jiangnan University. We retain and utilize the current water system in the overall layout,split the building to several small volumes, and make them surrounded by water .Thus makes them an important part of the natural environment. The building is controlled at five-storey height, which makes the building modest and peaceful , forming a harmonious relationship with the surrounding campus buildings.

▼体量化整为零,控制在五层高度,building was split into several small volumes and controlled at five-storey height

▼建筑谦逊平和地融合在校园当中,与周边多层校园建筑形成和谐的空间关系,the building is modest and peaceful , forming a harmonious relationship with the surrounding campus building


悬浮的立方体容器|Suspended cubic container


The forth and the fifth floor,which contains Professor’s team laboratorys are diesgned as a volume overhanging above the third floor, which contains Public Technical Support Platform .By pushing back the third floor and changing the material, we made the volume of the forth and the fifth floor a floating cubic container ,which contains not only aboratory functions, but also abundant places for communication and rest.

▼功能分析,function analysis


复合性的中心内院|Complex central inner courtyard


The complexity of the “central inner courtyard” goes beyond the simple functions of the inner courtyard. The courtyard is not simple greening. It loads the order of the natural universe. The vertical axis links the heaven, the earth and the people as a whole, and the horizontal axis links the inside and outside.Thus the courtyard becomes the best place for people to rest and communicate.

▼院落的自然理念并非简单的绿化,它装入了一个自然宇宙的秩序,the courtyard is not simple greening because it loads the order of the natural universe

▼公共事务中心内庭院,public affairs center courtyard

▼室外柱廊,outdoor colonnade


激发交流和体验的场所|Places to stimulate communication and experience


In the spatial layout, communication space is the center.People, people and space, space and space are closely linked by places that can stimulate communication, forming an organic interactive learning place with people as the main body and communication space as the link.

▼主要门厅,main lobby

▼共享交流区,share communication area

▼报告厅,lecture hall

▼建筑傍晚景色,scene at twilight

▼场地平面图,site plan

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼五层平面图,5F plan



联系邮箱 :31wf@tjad.cn
项目设计 & 完成年份:2014-2017 
项目负责人:王文胜 贡坚 
项目主创:王文胜 王峰
建筑设计:王峰 雷永玉 陈小祥
结构设计:冯锋 高磊 廖萍
给排水设计:冯玮 戴雯
暖通设计:周鹏 许烨
电气设计:程青 沈国庆
Project name:Medical College Building of Jiangnan University
Contact e-mail:31wf@tjad.cn
Design year & Completion Year:2014&2017
Project Leader :Wang Wen Sheng, Gong Jian
Chief designer:Wang Wen Sheng, Wang Feng
Architectural design:Wang Feng, Lei Yong Yu, Chen Xiao Xiang
Structural design:Feng Feng, Gao Lei, Liao Ping
Water supply and drainage design:Feng Wei, Dai Wen
HVAC design:Zhou Peng, Xu Ye
electrical design:Cheng Qing, Shen Guo Qing
Project location:Lihu Campus, Jiangnan University, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province
Gross Built Area:23117㎡ 
Photo credits:SFAP
Clients:Jiangnan University

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