Tsinghua University, School of Architecture Graduate Lab
The design for the Graduate Lab in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, aims to rethink spaces for architectural education. By reframing the learning environment as a homebase, it sets out to transform the traditional way of learning currently seen in the state of education in China.
Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
Tsinghua University, the top rated University in China, is located between the 4th and 5th ring road in the north-west of Beijing, just beside the historic Yuanmingyuan park.
Space for Learning
The project is about working with the community of students and professors in order to transform the method of learning through built environment.
Future: Classroom as Homebase
The classroom evolves from a mere sphere of one-way instruction into a home base for educational exploration.
The Classroom as Homebase
“The evolution of the classroom from a sphere of instruction to a homely base, is partially characterized by a need for identified places, spatial units, not closed off, but open and inviting, and in which, despite the publicness, you can still concentrate yourself and feel at home” – Herman Hertzberger
We transformed what used to be a cold and mundane corridor into an open, light, and inviting learning environment.
The free and open floor plan of the graduate lab provides a large amount of possible room configurations, using the standard available furniture.
Spaces for People
The centerpiece of the graduate lab features a flexible box or “Lounge Box” which smartly integrates various functions into a clear, recognizable and spatially defining unit.
Tsinghua University School of Architecture Graduate Lab.
The central box not only defines space around it, but in addition it creates functions for students to appropriate by themselves aside from standard working space.
The open plan, multi purpose classrooms provide flexible usage for different activities throughout the studio term, from individual work, to group work, presentations, lectures and workshops.
Team Building Together
Working closely with the craftsmen on site is always a key part of our working process to ensure the our design is realized right down to the details as we had planned.
Building the project on site allowed a unique opportunity for the students to get involved with the construction process and see the entire space transform through drawn instructions to real built objects.
We create multi functional places that people can appropriate and inhabit. Architecture as a backdrop for community life.
Place for Creative Education
We design places for education that promote creative thinking, by creating an open and stimulating learning environment.
Team: Yonghong Chen, Martijn de Geus, Han Zhang
Client: Tsinghua University School of Architecture
Project Year: 2015
Location: Beijing, China