Architecture and Design Academy, Wenzhou Kean University
The Architecture and Design Academy at Wenzhou Kean University (WKU) holds the center of a fast-growing campus, following a master plan by Michael Graves Architecture and Design. As a Chinese institution whose curriculum is provided by Kean University in the United States, the Academy offers students degrees in Architecture, Industrial Design, and Computer Science that are recognized in both the United States and China.
The design superimposes open plan design studios over a two-story base of flexible loft spaces that house class labs, library, maker spaces, and office suites. The base buildings form a pattern of lofts and alleys, clad in dark gray granite, contrasting with the white ultra-high-performance concrete of the upper structure. At the north and south, grand porches address major campus spaces, and frame entrances to the great central hall with its Piazza di Spagna-sized stadium seating- the largest shared venue for campus events.