Top-ranked Duke University is developing a 200-acre global campus in Kunshan. Through an intensive international design competition, LandDesign was selected to provide landscape architecture and civil engineering, in collaboration with Gensler and Futurepolis, for the 30-acre Phase I. With a four-acre water ecosystem as the central landscape element, the campus is also organized around flexible public spaces, ecological design, and spatial character that responds to seasonal changes. Primary gathering spaces are designed to facilitate movable benches, planters, and sculptures, accommodating large events, art installations, and social/learning space. The lake’s design includes submerged plazas that will reveal and become usable during lower rainfall periods, which coincide with peak student attendance and space demand.
- Location: Kunshan, PRC
- Client: City of Kunshan
- Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering