Qingdao Shipping Campus
Two-stage International competition 2nd Prize
The urban concept emphasizes a general, global idea of a literally ‘Green University’, as well as the functional idea of incorporating the expected future development of the campus. In this sense it closely links the site with the planned public park and the second development stage in its north.
The urban structure is stressing both directions, the obvious and implicit one towards the sea, as well the invisible one linking the site with the university’s next development stage. The connection between both development stages is strengthened also in a functional aspect: In the most prominent place, forming the highlight of the campus, a Sports Park is located.
The university’s Main Building, as heart and centre of the campus, is where both axes meet each other: the main green axis as pedestrian artery leading directly to the sea with Water Park and training harbour, and the future development axis along the sea focusing towards the north.
The Main Building housing administrative functions and public ones like library and café/tea house is forming a landmark during day and night, both by its height and by its nocturnal function as lighthouse visible from far away.
Along the south side of the campus area, teaching and training functions are lined up, clearly separated and at the same time interconnected with other functions by the central east-west axis.
The students’ dormitories in the north-west are arranged around green plazas with sports facilities in a macro-scale, and around courtyards as more intimate living spaces in a micro-scale.
The arrangement of building groups can be found as principle all over the campus area: Deliberately the master plan creates a vivid variety of squares, plazas, courtyards and gardens – different in scale, grade of openness, surface materials and functions, thus forming a whole and unique world.
The prominent, big-scale sports facilities including a large assembly hall are located in an open area close to the sea and the neighbouring public park. The future seamen have to be trained; thus sport is a crucial function of this university. In that sense the necessary sports facilities are upgraded by combining them with recreational uses. The Sports Park serves for events and leisure activities as well.
The Sports Park forms the central idea of the college and is hence placed in the pivotal point of the overall design, when in the future the campus will be extended northerly along the sea.
Students can use the area to do sports, but they can also just – or primarily – use it as a landscape park, to learn, to relax, to meet and play, or to chill out.