Perkins Eastman creates connectedness through transparency and the free flow of space.
Perkins Eastman’s design for the recently completed 10,000 sm, 10-storey building on the Nanjing University Campus, a joint venture with The Johns Hopkins University, includes classrooms, lecture space, faculty residences, and student lounges located on a border of the campus. The unique façade, a fusion of terracotta, limestone, and glass, creates continuity with the older campus buildings, juxtaposing solidity with openness. Four-storey glass walls define both the courtyard on the campus-facing side of the building and a plaza on the public-facing side, giving visibility to the active circulation areas. The structural glass panes are attached with spider clips so that mullions do not block the view of the landscape and pool.
The upper floors of the building feature banded windows in the faculty apartments, avoiding a typical dormitory or residential style so that the building aesthetic remains academic, and public and private spaces are clearly differentiated. At one corner, a glass tower creates expansive views to the city beyond the campus and, when lit at night, creates a visual beacon. The floor plates behind the glass wall have a shadow box detail which gives a seamless appearance by concealing the joints between the floor plates and the walls. An auditorium located in an adjacent structure within the courtyard features a curving metal roof which folds down into the glass atrium to form a wall between the two buildings.