US firm Peter Fillat Architects wins first Chinese commission

Peter Fillat Architects (PFA), with offices in Baltimore, New York, San Diego and Washington DC, has been selected as the winner of a design competition for the University Gateway Project in Nanjing, China. This project is a 750,000 sq ft, mixed-use complex for the NPTU University.

It will contain 55,000 sq ft of retail, 35,000 sq ft of restaurant venues, a 45,000 sq ft student union complex, 130,000 sq ft of offices for the university, a 75-room hotel for visiting professors and guests, a 225-unit apartment complex designed for faculty and students, and a 500-space parking structure.

“We were thrilled to learn we were selected,” said Peter Fillat. “Our design features a series of public spaces from the ground level pedestrian street to the upper level terraces and gardens which create amenities throughout the entire structure,” he added.

The design concept is based on creating a diagonal path through the site and a new gateway or centre for students of the University. This diagonal pattern is then repeated up into the structure creating a series of interlocking spaces and forms.

The indoor/outdoor series of gathering spaces organise the complex program into a simple comprehendible pattern and creates 'nests' of activity.

The Design Development Phase will begin in December and construction is anticipated to begin in early 2015 with a completion date set for the Spring of 2016.

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