Kokaistudios | Tsinghua Law Library Building
Kokaistudios has been announced as the winner competition for the new Tsinghua University Law Library located in Beijing, China. The proposal stands out amount the final 5 competing firms including ECUC, RTKL, Zaha Hadid Architects and Zhubo Design Group. The project proposes a reflection on the role of void in structuring functions and programs within the building, defining at the same time its relations with the surrounding. Circulation and public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, are interlocked in a innovative sequence of ‘places’, a coherent continuum of solids and voids directly inspired to the traditional urban carpet of the Courtyard Houses, characteristic of Beijing.
Within the proposed site, three new multifunctional buildings are located around a public square, center of a system of new sunken gardens and outdoor pedestrian connections providing access to the buildings’ public functions located in the basement and Ground Floor. Inside the Library of Law Faculty, the program is structured in three major functional areas, vertically organized according to their increasing requirement from privacy: classrooms and students’ facilities are located in the lower floors, the Library at the center, while Teachers laboratories and Research Institute occupy the three top floors, opened around the roof garden.This inner system of voids and public spaces is expressed as a seamless and continuous sequence of openings carved in the stone modular façade of the Law Library Building.
Kokaistudios is an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm founded in 2000 in Venice by Italian architects Filippo Gabbiani & Andrea Destefanis. With focus of offering total design solutions, Kokaistudios has completed over 140 projects spanning the range of architecture, heritage renovation, and interior design. Kokaistudios has the privilege of working for some of the prestigious clientele in the hospitality and luxury industries as well as many of China and Asia’s top developers. Our work has been recognized with multiple awards; including the MIPIM awards and the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage awards for our landmark Bund 18 and Huai Hai Lu 796 project as well as being published in many of the world’s top publications.The goal remains firmly on working on a worldwide basis on challenging, interesting and innovative projects, and to offering our clients creative solutions and the highest levels of service. The firm has grown after 10 years into a team of 30 people headquartered in Shanghai, China.Location: Beijing, China Architect: Kokaistudios Design Team: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Qin Zhantao, Daniel Ding Client: Tsinghua University Area: 20,000 sqm Competition: December, 2011