A NEW low carbon £4 million academic faculty for Chinese studies, which mixes contemporary design with subtle references to Chinese culture and aesthetics, has just been completed for The University of Nottingham.
The Si Yuan Centre has been built to house the university’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (SCCS) – a leading national and international institute dedicated to research and degree programmes about the study of China.
Lewis and Hickey Architects (L&H) were appointed by the university to deliver the project following selection as part of a limited design competition.
Antony Phillips, design director at L&H Nottingham, who worked alongside board director Nick Riley on the successful design bid for the SCCS, said:
“The chance to compete for this exciting opportunity at the University of Nottingham gave us the chance to showcase our skills in the designing contemporary university architecture, combined with low carbon and BREEAM rated environmental innovations.”
Professor Shujie Yao, Founding Head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies said:
“Since the inception of the school over five years ago, our dream was to build the best centre of contemporary Chinese studies in the UK and Europe. This beautiful and inspiring building situated on this picturesque campus will provide the exact physical space to realise our ambition.
“I thank Mr Thomas Chen – a university benefactor – and our vice-chancellor Professor David Greenaway for their generosity and support for making our dream come true.”