The site is located in the Central Campus, which accommodates the academic and administrative core and expresses the symbolic identity of the University.
As a principal axis in the campus layout, the University Mall was flanked by two rows of buildings, producing a monumental expression in terms of site planning and architectural design. The site with courtyards and greeneries, which is on the southern sides of the University Mall, are found with potential to be integrated effectively to the existing open space network for campus community use.
The open space between the Art Museum Annex and Future Extension for Teaching Building is a potential campus community green space. It is slightly elevated from the access road and currently occupied with carparks. The space can be easily accessed from its surrounding buildings whilst intimate in its scale and context.
We propose to transform this space into a courtyard garden for campus community, with underground re-provided car-parking spaces. The new garden can activate the L/G indoor space of the existing Art Museum and Institute of Chinese Studies; and contribute to a sustainable environment.
With the circulation space set on the exterior, the teaching laboratories could easily be combined or divided according to different scenario. By setting up the movable partitions, flexibility of classroom arrangement is achieved. This setting could allow multiple smaller classes and exhibitions to happen, which further enhance the idea of combining art curation and teaching. Furthermore, the new teaching laboratories will be equipped with climate control and adjustable lighting devices, as well as up-to-date display cabinets, which are all essentials to create a safe and well controlled environment for exhibitions and teaching programs to happen.