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CAMPUS LIFE Yungu Campus
Science, engineering and art should walk hand in hand. Inspired by this belief, our Yungu Campus taps the enormous potential of human creativity and ingenuity. Here we harness great drivers of change and innovation with a deep sense of public service. This idea is reflected in the architectural substance and tone to free our infinite human potential.
The Academic Loop
Yungu Campus adopts a layout of "concentric circles" where the academic and research loop is surrounded by a loop of residential and sporting facilities. The natural academic and residential loops are all organically integrated by a circular water system and 12 bridges.
The Academic Loop is the heart of Westlake University and comprises a circular research platform and four connected major buildings. The buildings are connected by a C-shaped corridor and each building houses a School. The design of the Academic Loop reflects Westlake University's philosophy of academic freedom and interdisciplinary interaction: the four buildings represent independent research whereas the circular shape represents interdisciplinary study. As the center for the exchange of thoughts, the C-shaped corridor provides plenty of spaces for discussion between faculty members and students. It is an ideal place for everybody to read, study, discuss, and relax. With the aroma of coffee and the sights of nature all around, it is here that the world's greatest minds will get inspiration, do research and collaborate.
The Building of Life Sciences
Located southwest of the Academic Ring, near the waterfront, the Building of Life Sciences is surrounded by a graceful orchestra of vibrant lush, gardens and water features reflecting the ancient Taoist idea that humans are in greatest harmony when they are one with nature and symbolizing vitality in accordance with the philosophy of the School of Life Sciences.
The very design of the building itself incorporates this as well as our university’s general commitment to interdisciplinary interactions. In the future, our Building of Life Sciences will house and support scientists pursuing cutting-edge research and teaching. Together, we will take on some of the greatest challenges in biosciences; deciphering the myths regarding the origin of life, evolution, reproduction and others.
The Building of Science
Each school enjoys a building with unique features. The Building of Science is located south of the Academic Ring, opposite the south gate of Westlake University. Within the building, research, graduate cultivation, and mathematics, physics and chemistry laboratory training will be conducted. The floor area is approximately 37,159 m² and can accommodate 89 independent laboratories. Public laboratories such as the Surface Physical Analysis Laboratory, Structure Analysis Laboratory, and Magnetic Resonance Laboratory will satisfy the research needs of both faculty and students.
The mysteries of sciences, such as quantum information, condensed matter physics, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, math formulas and functional graphics, are all waiting for our faculty and students to explore.
The Building of Engineering
Located east of the Academic Ring, a block of buildings in blue belongs to the School of Engineering which has established the Intelligence Information Science and Engineering Center, Nanotechnology and Energy Engineering Center, as well as Environmental and Resource Engineering Center. The blue represents the mystery, challenge and charm of new frontiers, like the dark blue sky and deep blue sea navigators faced as they sought to quite literally expand their horizons during the age of exploration. Our scientists will explore the mysteries of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology and our School of Engineering will be their great vessel.
The Academic Hall
The Academic Hall is situated in a central position in the Academic Ring. It is for large international conferences, academic activities, opening ceremonies, and performances. The hall has floors above ground and a basement, with a capacity of 1,200 seats. The floor area is 6,955.1 m² and the basement area is 4,585.2 m².
The Academic Hall stands as a proud monument to thought and creativity, almost stoic in its simplistic and strong architectural grandeur clothed in the soft graceful embrace of the surrounding green landscape, paths and water features, the masculine and feminine elements finding harmony like Yin and Yang. The Hall is circular in shape, appearing to the eye to be the center of the Academic Ring, though it isn’t the geometrical center, representing a sense of flexibility in the eternal pursuit of scientific inquiry. The two dome roofs of the Hall form a “straw hat”. The circular shapes are inspired by the arcs and windows found in traditional Chinese architecture, particularly classical Chinese gardens, again a nod to the theme of harmony between projects of man’s toil and the green bosom of mother nature.
The stage and interior design of the Academic Hall conform with the standards of theaters. It is suitable for large academic forums, ceremonies, plays, and music performances. It will be a cultural landmark of Hangzhou and will attract world-renowned masters of every field and discipline to perform, speak and inspire.
University Conference Center
The University Conference Center is located in the southeastern corner of Yungu campus, near the south entrance. Inspired by the double helix DNA structure, the hundred-meter tall oval building is the tallest in the entire campus. A panoramic view of the campus is accessible on the sightseeing platform after taking a lift to the top.
The floor area above ground is about 18,974.5 m², with a basement area of 19,360.1 m² (which is connected to the basement of the University Services Center). The center will be a hub for many events, especially international conferences, receptions, and ceremonies. The Center is available for domestic and international guests, short-term visiting scholars and other visitors on business trips.
The Center offers a perfect space for interaction and collaboration between Westlake University and other domestic and international institutions.
Faculty Dining Hall
Virginia Woolf once said, “one cannot think well if one has not dined well.” At Westlake University, we recognize this and are committed to providing high quality, affordable, and above all, delicious food. When we eat together, we not only share food, but thoughts and ideas, too. Lunch seminars are perfect opportunities to spark interaction among scientists from various schools and with different research interests.
The Hall not only features a spacious dining area, but also a sunken garden for scientists to enjoy both good food and insightful conversations. Now that’s some food for thought.
The above ground floor area of the Hall is approximately 1,185 m² (primarily for dining and convenience stores) and 2,160 m² for the basement levels (for faculty dining areas and private dining rooms).
Laboratory Animal Resource Center
To the north of the Academic Island, the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, featuring a futuristic building covered by silver perforated metal sheets, is home to over 20,000 rodents maintained by a team of professionals 24/7.
The floor area of the Center above ground is about 8,204 m² with three floors and one basement level. To ensure safety and independence when transferring animals for lab use, the basement of the Center is directly linked by a corridor to the lifts in the building for basic medical sciences.
The Center is an indispensable research platform for modern life sciences and provides lab-use animals to biological, medical and other labs at Westlake University.
Postdoc Housing is located in the west of campus living ring with 484 rooms in 4 buildings in total. The ground floor area of the Early Phase is about 29,131 square meters with exterior design similar to the faculty housing. Within 60 square meters, individual flats adopts south-facing compact family flat design (one lobby, one room, one kitchen, one bathroom, one balcony). Comfort, peace of mind and community go into our hearts, so that young residents can focus and progress.
Graduate Housing is located in the north of campus living ring with 1,316 single rooms (with shared social space, balcony and bathroom) and laundry in each floor. Simplicity, personality and modesty champions the layout, floor plan and interior design, as evidenced by the efficient use of space and a good mixture of privacy and communal space.
The planned ground floor area is 32,185 square meters with 5 buildings in total, four of which have 10 floors on the ground. Accessible rooms are available on the 2nd floor of each building, three rooms per building, 15 rooms in total.
The future of life awaits the best of thriving young students in China and beyond.
THE PRIME LOCATION
Yungu is the perfect place for our campus. Its welcoming, warm, textured and bright nature makes it the right location to deliver our promise and build a comfortable home without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Downtown Hangzhou within your reach
The city’s largest natural wetland is a great place to lay back and enjoy nature’s blessings
The modern vibe of the bustling city center is perfectly woven into the traditional area’s mature elegance and picturesque scenery
Gateway to UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Liangzhu Ancient City
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