A New Urban Anchor Linking History and Education: The Art Education Center of Nantong High School

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Educational
  • Company/Firm
    Architectural Design and Theory Research Center of Southeast University
  • Lead Designer
    JIANG Nan, YUAN Weijun, REN Xiaobing
  • Design Team
    SUN Limin, YAO Fumin, ZHANG Yulan, ZHAO Yongjie, YU Jianbin, YIN Meiqin, XIE Hongyin, XU Qiuli
  • Architect
    Nantong Urban Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd.
  • Interior Designer
    JIANG Nan, YU Jianbin
  • Const. Company
    Nantong Zhongfang Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd.
  • Photo Credit
    CHEN Hao, JIANG Nan
  • Location
    Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Client
    Nantong High School, Nantong Municipal Government Center for Construction Project Investment
  • Project Date
    April 30, 2019

This project is located in a century-old high school on the north side of Hao River Scenic Area in Nantong Old Town. Adjacent to existing buildings on three sides, the volume and height of the site are limited, and the functional requirements of the Center for Art Education are relatively complicated. The building is a transition point between the historical context and the current campus culture. For this reason, the design team aimed to reconstruct the organization of the site and rethink the relationship between old and new through the process of “abstraction – combination – adjustment”. The art gallery ultimately connects the core spaces to construct a complex that builds on the history of Nantong High School while also satisfying the needs for campus art and cultural activities, like a monolith floating on a sea of art. In addition, its form and facade also dialogue with the surrounding areas, opening up the campus from a cultural perspective and enhancing the vitality of public space.

The Architectural Design and Theory Research Center of Southeast University is an institution that integrates industry, academia, and research in its commitment to the preservation and development of Chinese architectural culture. It promotes diversified innovation in architectural creation through a cross-cultural and multi-national perspective.