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华南理工大学建筑设计研究院：华南理工大学，直属教育部的全国重点大学，位列国家“双一流”、“211工程”、“985工程”，“建筑老八校”之一，是中国南方的重要学府。华南理工大学南门周边环境整治工程即落位于华工五山校区南方正门，以原校园中轴始端——南门广场为中心，延伸至五山地铁站，途径3 个主要出入口，全长约3 公里，是华工形象的重要展示窗口。
Architecture Design & Research Institute, South China University Of Technology：South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a prestigious National Key University directly under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and is widely recognized as a leading institution of higher education in Southern China. SCUT has achieved impressive distinctions, including being designated a “Double First Class University,” a participant in “Project 211” and “Project 985,” and one of the “Eight Old Schools of Architecture” (referring to 8 schools that established Architecture majors earliest in the history of the People’s Republic of China). The Landscape Improvement Project at South China University of Technology’s South Gate Area is situated at the southern entrance of SCUT’s Wushan Campus. It serves as the focal point of the initial campus central axis starting at the South Gate Square, extending all the way to Wushan Metro Station, and encompasses 3 main exits to the school, covering a distance of approximately 3 kilometers. This project plays a vital role in projecting the image of SCUT, and holds great significance for the university.
In 1934, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Shipai Campus and the construction of the memorial archway at the South Gate marked the start of National Sun Yat-sen University. Over the course of nearly a century, the university has undergone significant transformations. In 1952, South China University of Engineering was established at the same location and was later renamed South China University of Technology in 1988. The completion and utilization of the SCUT Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center Campus in Panyu District, Guangzhou in 2004 marked another milestone in the university’s history. In 2019, the construction of the Guangzhou International Campus, located on the south bank of Innovation Hub in Panyu, ushered in a new chapter in the development of SCUT.
As SCUT approaches the 70th anniversary of its reestablishment and 105th anniversary of its founding, it is clear that despite a century of change, Baiyun Mountain and Zhujiang River remain tranquil while this university in Southern China has flourished with countless accomplished students. However, as the prominent gateway to this esteemed institution, the South Gate of the Wushan Campus and its surrounding areas have suffered from years of inadequate maintenance and frequent repairs. These facilities have become outdated, and the appearance has fallen into disarray, leading to the area being in dire need of a makeover.
▽改造前 Before Beautifying
▽改造后 After Beautifying
一、现状问题Current state and existing problem
1、形象不显 Not fully reflecting SCUT’s image
2、功能不足 Functional insufficiencies
3、交通不畅 Traffic congestion
As a critical representation of the SCUT campus, the current state of the South Gate Square is suboptimal and has not been maintained well. After multiple renovations, the design elements lack uniformity, and the condition of the vegetation is disappointing. As a result, the South Gate fails to embody the image of this distinguished university campus. There is ample room for improvement in terms of landscaping, which would greatly enhance the visual appeal of this important gateway.
The project area encompasses several entrances to the campus that are accessible from various roads. In addition to presenting the university’s image, the South Gate also serves as a primary thoroughfare for students and teachers for their daily activities. It facilitates access to the campus, family areas, sports venues, and other significant amenities, even for those entering from outside the campus. Regrettably, the current area is inadequate for recreational and social activities. Moreover, it lacks the space needed for group photos at the school gate with the school inscription stone, as well as parking spaces for non-motorized vehicles.
The current roads in the project area exhibit signs of wear and tear. Traffic is chaotic, and the system of separating vehicles and pedestrians is suboptimal. Convenient access to the campus entrance is inhibited by the current state of the area’s environment.
▽形象不显&功能不足& 交通不畅 Not fully reflecting SCUT’s image & Functional insufficiencies & Traffic congestion
1.”The Hundred-Year Academic Corridor” – embodying the school’s century-long legacy
To achieve a well-designed “facade” for the campus, the design team conducted extensive research on campus design cases both domestically and internationally. Drawing inspiration from central campus landscapes that offer openness to the city, the team created a natural and expansive scenic pathway known as “The Hundred-Year Academic Corridor”. We transformed the history of the campus into tangible design elements and integrated them as nodes in the landscape design. The team also carefully selected materials that match the style of the original school inscription stone and gate to create a sense of historical depth. In terms of planting design, the original arbor trees on site were completely preserved to serve as a reminder of campus memories, while easy-to-maintain shrubs were added to create a comfortable and natural plant space.
2.Optimize transportation flow through purposeful design
In the SCUT South Gate vicinity, urban roads intersect diagonally, with a large amount of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The new design reallocates green space on adjacent road sections, using landscaping as a barrier to separate pedestrians from vehicles while preserving existing trees, enhancing the overall walking experience on campus.
The new design includes designated recreational and viewing areas that are adorned with lush flowers and trees. Additionally, we have allocated dedicated parking spaces for non-motorized vehicles on campus, allowing for the possibility of widening the roads and creating a green space buffer between pedestrians and vehicles to alleviate the current traffic congestion.
3.Create an inclusive space open to the city
The design of the space not only satisfies the requirement of improving the campus image, but also meets the various needs of the surrounding neighborhood for different uses such as social interaction, walking, sight-seeing and photo-taking, promoting the school’s history, and more. The site has become a popular spot among local residents.
▽设计策略 Design strategy
三、节点展示Features to Showcase
1、知新园——学无止境，常知常新Zhixin Garden – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Zhixin Garden, previously known as South Gate Square, serves as the main entrance of SCUT and is home to the school inscription stone. It is a frequently visited spot for SCUT students to take commemorative graduation and enrollment photos. The landscape of Zhixin Garden is meticulously designed, taking into consideration the distance, height, and arrangement of each landscape element. As a result, it has become a stunning campus gateway featuring a water feature plaza, the school inscription stone, and a statue of Sun Yat-sen. The new design of Zhixin Garden aims to showcase the developmental history of SCUT along this central axis, effectively telling the story of this university.
▽生机盎然的校门门户，简洁开阔的草坪主景，尽头是华南理工大学的校铭石A vibrant campus gateway with a spacious and simple lawn as the main feature leading up to the SCUT school inscription stone.
▽广场镜面水景抽象记录了华南理工大学三大校区的地理位置及广州市各个重要文化节点 The abstract depiction of the location of SCUT’s three campuses and significant cultural landmarks across Guangzhou are reflected in this mirrored water feature on the plaza.
▽华南理工大学三大校区及广州市各个重要文化节点图标设计Icon design for the three main campuses of SCUT and various important cultural landmarks in Guangzhou City.
▽广场也成为了周边居民聚集及学生科普校史的好去处 The plaza has emerged as a favored destination for nearby residents to gather and an educational platform for students to learn about the history of the university.
2、学子林——莘莘学子，烂漫年华Knowledge Oasis Garden: a place to nurture the blooming youth
Knowledge Oasis Garden was created by preserving the existing trees and integrating meandering walking paths to transform the previously dense and inaccessible green space into a picturesque and romantic leisurely walking area. This rejuvenated space has become a highly sought-after spot for both teachers and students.
▽林荫细密，笼罩着往来散步与停坐的人群，静谧而惬意。The dense layer of trees provides shade to the crowds of people walking and sitting underneath, creating a serene and comfortable atmosphere.
3、学思岛——慎思明理，笃行道远Enlightenment Circle – the unity of knowledge and action leads to success
Enlightenment Circle is a roundabout located near the East Gate of SCUT and its affiliated kindergarten, serving as a key transportation hub. To alleviate traffic congestion, the road was widened and the parking areas for motor vehicles were standardized. The roundabout was reduced in size and updated with simple and modern design language. Additional non-motorized vehicle parking areas and shaded spaces for waiting parents were added, creating a more open and welcoming entrance at the East Gate.
▽简洁大气的环岛，保留原状的大王椰子，营造整洁的林下草坪空间。A simple yet sophisticated roundabout, preserving the original royal palm trees and creating a tidy lawn space beneath the trees.
景观设计团队：郑旸 林宪詠 周国欢 欧建聪 刘继顺 陈璧如 史梦霞 董健帆 侯雯琪 钟颖涛 张绮婷 徐家欣 谭鸿健 赵笑寒 庞钦元 杨石泉 陈媛斯
标识设计团队：柳静 巫慧芊 欧洁雯 叶雨馨 杨赐桐 罗永昌
Project name:the South main Gate landscape improvement and renovation of South China University of Technology (SCUT)
Project type:Campus Landscape Improvement and renovation
Design: ARCHITECTURE DESIGN & RESEARCH INSTITUTE, SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD
Landscape designer & Team: ZHENG YANG、 LIN XIANYONG、 ZHOU GUOHUAN、 OU JIANCONG、 LIU JISHUN、 CHEN BIRU、 SHI MENGXIA、 DONG JIANFAN、 HOU WENQI、 ZHONG YINGTAO、 ZHANG QITING、 XU JIAXIN、 TAN HONGJIAN、 ZHAO XIAOHAN、 PANG QINYUAN、 YANG SHIQUAN、 CHEN YUANSI、
Wayfinding designer & Team: LIU JING、WU HUIQIAN、OU JIEWEN、YE YUXIN、YANG CITONG、LUO YONGCHANG
Project location:GUANGZHOU CHINA
Gross built area:28333㎡
Photo credit:Chaoyue Vision
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