The high floor area ratio of the Pujiang Campus of Shanghai Theater Academy, along with numerous unconventional functional volumes and a required 300-meter track and field could have made for a very cramped environment with few open spaces other than that of the sports field. However, south of the campus lies the Pujiang Country Park with its excellent landscape and ecological resources, so it became fairly obvious that some sort of integration or interaction with this large park space would be a good strategy to mitigate the high density of the campus.
The design, therefore, conceptualizes the campus as an extension of the park by lifting its “ground” to form a large green slope facing south into the park. Beneath this slope are arranged the various functional groups, and since the height of the slope can vary, like the rolling waves of the Huangpu River, it can be adjusted to accommodate the specific volumetric requirements of each group. And for such a high density campus the design proposes an efficient land use strategy: rooms that do not require natural lighting and ventilation have been arranged in the basement or the ground floor platform, freeing up greater area above for the classrooms so that they may be provided with better natural conditions. Finally, there would be an abundance of open spaces for outdoor activities on the integrated and easily accessible large green slope above and beside these functional spaces.
Client: Shanghai Theater Academy
Location: Shanghai, China
Site Area: 100,000 m2
Building Area: 16,000 m2
Design Date: 2013