Central Canteen and Student Center of Tsinghua University

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture
Firm LocationBeijing, China
CompanySup Atelier
Lead ArchitectSong Yehao
Design TeamSun Jingfen, Xie Dan ,Chen Xiaojuan, Wang Lina, Zhang Xiaolong
ClientTsinghua University

This project has multi-functions as canteens
for students and professors, lecture hall
and exhibition hall for the campus, office
and service, etc. The project site used to
be a blind corner in the center of Tsinghua
University campus. The core design idea is
to repair the urban texture in the campus
context, to improve the environment quality
& the fluency of the site, to make it easy
to get in for the public from all
directions. The section design takes the
full advantage of the site terrain, creates
a three-dimensional indoor street for the
public. The entrance floor on the one hand
is functional and solid and on the other
hand is a kind of cluster of open public
space, which makes students possible to
access and go across the building in all
directions. Sustainable strategies,
especially passive design strategies are
adopted to make the space more comfortable
and reduce the cost and energy consumption
in operation. The exterior brickwork could
be designed as artwork, just like painting
or sculpture, which mixes art and wall
together. Bricks are constructed in more
than 5 ways, they bring various textures for
exterior walls and meet different functional

SUP ATELIER focuses on sustainable design and theory both in the fields of architecture and urban design, while highly promoting the combination of modern design and vernacular architecture in China.