The new Faculty of Medicine and Administration buildings at Nanjing Medical University in China have recently completed.
The design concept is structured around two distinct but related buildings on a key site on the University’s Jiangning Campus. The first is a seven storey teaching and research building providing a variety of learning and research spaces, together with a significant number of formal lecture theatres with raked seating.
The second is a landmark four storey administrative building containing attractive offices for staff, administrators and officials and incorporating showcase conference and museum spaces.
The existing campus masterplan has been designed on a heroic scale providing wide paved areas and open expanses of water allowing each individual faculty building to be seen from a distance. The design for the two new buildings is based on the principle of unified and large scale architectural expression which is seen and understood clearly from key vistas.
The commission was to develop the scheme to the equivalent of RIBA Stage D before handing over to Zhou Honglei, the Local Design Institute, for production and, ultimately, construction information.
BDP won the international design competition for the new faculty by a unanimous vote in 2010 and provided architectural, civil and structural engineering and building services engineering services for the £100m project, the first buildings on the campus to be designed by a foreign architect.