Located in the west of the Guan Tang Avenue of Liudong New District, the Liudong Campus of Guangxi University of Science and Technology covers a total planned construction area of approximately 1.03 million square meters. The campus is positioned to serve the Guangxi Liuzhou Auto City, a key project in Guangxi. Once put into use, it will play an important supporting role in the construction and development of the Auto City, talent training and scientific and technological research and development.
The overall planning concept of the Liudong Campus is student-centric. With the aim of creating a green and ecological campus with a "landscape culture"，the campus respects the harmony between man and nature, and strives to build a multi-layered, open and diverse communication space. The overall plan makes full use of the topography. “Built on the mountain", it maximizes the preservation of the native mountain and water bodies. The layout is compact, well-arranged and harmonious with the surroundings. The design of the building blocks blends the buildings well into the natural environment, and through the layout of the buildings and the techniques of architecture in mountainous areas, the buildings become part of the surrounding environment. The whole campus is planned in a holistic manner and is will be built in three phases.
LOPO China participated in the first phase of the new campus -- Automobile and Transportation College project. With a total area of 177,000 square meters, it is designed and built to accommodate 6,000 students, including teaching buildings, laboratories, student dormitories, canteens, sports fields, and other supporting facilities for accommodation. The facade of the Automobile and Transportation College adopts red and grey as its main color. The main building, namely, the laboratory, the canteen and some of the teaching buildings choose terracotta plates and glass curtain walls as facade materials.
As the largest building of the Automobile and Transportation College, the laboratory building (L1, L2, L3 and L4), is designed in a town house style, and the buildings are connected by corridors. The south-east facing façade of L1-L3 is oriented towards the entrance of the university gate and features a large glass curtain wall, while the facade facing the hillside adopts architectural terracotta. The red terracotta panels are used on the ground floor, top floor, back and corridors to create an organic and harmonious separation of the overall façade, thus, the building renders an splendid and neat visual effect. The L4 laboratory building, which is connected to L1, is a terraced building designed by the architects to leverage the topography of the site. Its façade is dominated by a terracotta curtain wall with slender horizontal windows that cascade regularly across the façade, bringing out the best in each other.
Located halfway up the mountain and to the side of the teaching building, the student canteen is a three-story box-shaped structure built above the ground. The architect designed a staggered window on the façade in accordance with the functional division of the canteen. The irregular windows, dark grey terracotta and glass curtain walls deliver a modern and stylish façade.
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