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Beijing Normal University dorm

Completion
Invited competition 2006, 2nd prize
Team
Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water
Client
Beijing Normal University
Type
Student dwellings
Location
Haidian District, Beijing, China
Size
49.000 m2

Chinese university dormitories are strictly divided worlds of girls and boys. For this typical university dormitory, 12 sqm rooms are shared by four students; each room has a closed balcony.

The building will be accommodate a total of 3.500 students.  In order to maximize the distance between boys and girls, two L-shaped buildings are situated opposite each other. The boys’ dorm is situated to the south; it is two floors lower and by reducing the building height sunlight is guaranteed to reach the two enclosed courtyards.

The two buildings are connected by a recreation program that can be used from both sides.  The elevation concept is derived from nature and abstractly resembles the growing of ivy. Balconies embrace the building and create a play between the individual rooms and the building complex as a whole.