Shantou University (STU) is the only public university supported by private funds in China. Located in a southern city to the north of Hong Kong, the 30-year-old university is expanding its campus. World-renowned architects have designed a new library (Ray Chen); a new research and medical facility (Herzog & de Meuron); and a new sport, conference, and entertainment facility: the Sports Park (MANICA Architecture). Maya Lin Studio is designing a new campus park and bell tower as part of the expansion.
The bell tower consists of a 75-foot-tall freestanding concrete wall and a custom stainless steel structure that ramps up around the concrete wall to support a traditional Chinese bell hanging about 70 feet aboveground. The bell is an actual bell that weighs about 5,000 pounds.
2015 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards, Structural Systems – Silver Award
Categories: Special Structures, Higher Education