Situated in the southwest part of Southern University of Science and Technology, the Assembly Hall designed by AUBE Conception team is a free-standing public building integrating conference center, multi-functional theater, lecture hall, center for future education and other functions. After five years of construction since AUBE Conception won the bid of design commission in 2015, the Assembly Hall has been completed at the end of 2020 and is now fully operational.
▼项目与周边环境鸟瞰，Aerial View of the project and surrounding environment ©Zhang Chao
Located within the University Town of Shenzhen in Xili Aera of Nanshan District, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is an innovative public university with a high starting point as well as a high positioning established by the Shenzhen government under the macro-background of higher education reform and development in China.
▼项目鸟瞰，Aerial View ©Zhang Chao
Instead of deliberately arranging the functions along an administrative axis, the campus of SUSTech emphasizes its natural landscape over artificial make-ups with the overall planning following the existing topographic conditions of knolls and waterscape as references to interlink each grouped academy by means of landscape belts, offering a campus of nature and spatial fluidity. Buildings on campus all adopt a unified modernist architectural style with distinctive characters, highlight the creation of public spaces that agrees with Shenzhen’s local climate and provide the staff and students with more places for activity and communication making use of gray spaces.
▼临河面实景，River-facing Elevation view ©Zhang Chao
The design of SUSTech Assembly Hall also adheres to the existing philosophy with careful considerations given upon the terrain and landscape resources on site. The site sits in the southwest corner of the campus, which is not only the visual end of multiple landscape corridors on campus and will also undertake the representational role to present the University to the city. The site, an irregular triangle with a shrub-covered hill, poses the key challenge of design where treating the relationship of the architecture and the hill becomes crucial.
▼东北立面，Northeast Elevation ©Zhang Chao
Southern University of Science and Technology Assembly Hall is located on the campus of Southern University of Science and Technology, adjacent to its urban interface, comprising two major functions of assembly hall and hotel (phase II).The architectural volume organizes along the contour of the hill, and from west to east ranges the conference center, the theater and the center for future education. Motor vehicles can access the site via the outer road on the north side of the building, and the main pedestrian entrance of the Assembly Hall locates on the northeast side, while vertical circulation connects various functions on the different levels.
▼山体与建筑，Hill and Architecture ©Zhang Chao
To accommodate the spatial requirements of internal functions, the architecture employs a streamlined saddle form which prioritizes the maximum retention of the hill mass on site to reduce earthwork excavation. The relative height of the existing hill on site measures approximately 25 meters and the design partially adjusts its footprint whilst maintaining the height.
▼室内公共区域，Indoor Public Area ©Zhang Chao
南科大会堂主要功能包含800人大会议厅、620人多功能小剧场、200人圆形报告厅以及其他中小会议室 及办公空间，总建筑面积约1.78万平方米。建筑内部空间充分考虑会议中心与剧场两大核心功能使用的独立 性与公共空间的共享。
Covering a total floor area of around 17,800m2, SUSTech Assembly Hall includes main functions of an 800-seat grand conference hall, a 620-seat multi-functional theater, a 200-seat circular lecture hall, multiple medium- and small-scale meeting rooms and office spaces. The internal layout fully respects the independence of the two core functions, the conference center and the theater, and at the same time acknowledges the sharing of public spaces.
▼200人圆形报告厅，200-seat Circular Lecture Hall ©Zhang Chao
会议中心与剧场共享入口门厅，门厅净高约10米。门厅中设置1部普通客用电梯与1部 VIP 电梯， 满足会议中心与剧场的人员运输与无障碍要求。主要人流由门厅的台阶引导至二层，并向两侧分流。建 筑内部主要公共空间环绕会议中心前厅以及剧场前厅设置，并与室外花园自然衔接，创造多种公共交往、 休息的区域，也兼顾人员疏散的需求。
The conference center and the theater share the entrance foyer with a net height of about 10 meters, where a passenger lift and a VIP lift meet the vertical transportation and accessibility requirements of the two spaces. The main audience flow will be guided to the first floor via the foyer steps and diverges to both sides. The primary public space encircles the conference center lobby and the theater lobby, and joins naturally with the outdoor gardens, which creates an area for multiple public interactions and leisure, meanwhile satisfying the evacuation needs as well.
▼多功能小剧场，Multi-functional Theater ©Zhang Chao
The overall form of the building celebrates a smooth integral part of the streamlined shape that rises on the west and dips on the east surrounding the existing hill with the phase II hotel. The neatness of campus interface and the interlocking with mountainous landscape are balanced with diverse architectural expressions. The building takes a color palette of light shades, facilitating its modernist character with aluminum panels. The north elevation largely applies transparent glazing materials, where the curvilinear roof combines with the vertical stripes of the façade, accentuating the envelope elements with simplicity, lightness and transparency that echo the free and open architectural styles advocated by the University. The hotel, on the other hand, will take advantage of the balconies to guide the visual corridor to the side of campus and hill while also taking into account the needs for shading.
▼流线型建筑形态，Stream-lined Architectural Form ©Zhang Chao
In terms of landscape design, the design team sets the activity functions on the building-facing side and ecological forest on the other based on the detailed analysis of the hill conditions. The plaza at the foot of the hill leaves a comfortable distance between the architecture and the hill to avoid the cramped feeling while serving as the garden of the Assembly Hall and the hotel. Green leisure steps by the plaza are designated along the hillside, and the timber recreation platform with a sense of privacy is located halfway up the hill. In the meantime, the lawn laid on top of the hill allows for better views into the distance under the sun.
▼夜景，night view ©Zhang Chao
Upon completion, the SUSTech Assembly Hall welcomed the arrival of UNESCO International Centre for Higher Education Innovation (Shenzhen, China) to provide permanent office space for the Center. A better comprehensive improvement of cultural infrastructure on campus will bring better vitality and humanistic spirits to campus life.
▼区位图，Location Analysis ©AUBE 欧博设计
▼一层平面图，F1 plan ©AUBE 欧博设计
▼二层平面图，F2 plan ©AUBE 欧博设计
▼西南立面图，Southwest Elevation ©AUBE 欧博设计
▼剖面图，sections ©AUBE 欧博设计
用地面积: 27921 m²
总建筑面积: 17790 m²
设计 / 竣工年限: 2015 / 2020
Project Name: Southern University of Science and Technology Assembly Hall
Project Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province
Client: Southern University of Science and Technology
Public Works Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality
Design Team: Shenzhen AUBE Architectural & Engineering Design Consultants Co., Ltd.
Design Scope: Design General Contract
Main Function: Theater, Conference, Lecture Hall, Office
Land Area: 27,921 m²
Total Floor Area: 17,790 m²
Design / Completion Time: 2015 / 2020