Department of



Project by:
Thora H Arnardottir, Fulvio Brunetti, Maria Cynthia Funk & Mercedes Swiecicki
Tutors: Enric Ruiz GeliMireia Luzàrraga.

Shenzhen Campus Model

Conceptual model of the 4 systems. Watershield, Gateway Pools, Farming belts and the Algae Kitchen

            major financial center in southern China and one of
            the busiest container ports in the world, Shenzhen
            is considered the gateway into mainland China
from Hongkong and the rest of the world. Urbanization, as one of the prime barometers of progress, is a mixed blessing for most cities. Unfortunately, health standards are deplorably deficient, mostly due to pollution and mismanagement of waste and industrial debris. 

In the case of Shenzhen, the whole project is a response to these challenges of development and a search for identity verily watered down by modernization.


Five domes, four systems. One Unified Educational Strategy.

Department of molecular architecture

Aerial view of Shenzhen Campus

Site in Shenzhen showing the waterdomes, gateway pools and farming belts underneath

             ligning the educational strategy with
             interdependent natural systems, the four conduits
            of solutions have dictated the form and substance of the master plan.  The gateways and transition spaces between domes are the understanding of meteorology as architecture. The water domes act as form and shields in the process of air and water quality management. Then, farming systems aligned with the curriculum are shown by moving belts.  Lastly, for bio-mass productivity in support of industrial processes, an algae-based economy is proposed. By evaluating the solutions to the problems presented by the site, the architecture was easy to take on. By responding to nature and its demands, the form follows.



Concept model of the systems in one of the domes

IAAC, Self Sufficient Buildings.

Self Sufficient Buildings is a research studio at IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, MAA02 in 2016 

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