Transformation of Teaching Buildings into Multi-functional buildings With Study Spaces

“The self-study spaces have been upgraded in Building 6!”

“Yes, I saw it too. The design of the corridors and self-study space are great.”

School just started and many students spotted the changes. Praises were constant. In fact, apart from the self-study space at Building 6, there are many more subtle changes to the multi-functional teaching building.

From green plants to sofas to juicers to signs to discussion areas and multimedia equipment set up for the classrooms, changes in the building are from just these examples.

14 discussion rooms are equipped with foldable tables so that classroom layout could be altered and changed to suit various functions, courses and corresponding activities. The classroom design would suit all types of interactions between teachers and students whether in smaller group discussions or in a bigger lecture type design.

Teaching and public spaces were increased in the building. 6 discussion rooms were renovated along with 4 rooms for leisure and 6 Q & A lounges where teachers can assist with study and stimulate the students’ interest in further learning.

There is also an exhibition space for students’ work from Building 4. 18 groups of work are on display from the School of Architecture. Moreover, there are 170 works entered into competitions along with nearly 200 artworks from the Academy of Arts and Design on display in the building’s public space. These fully utilize the building’s other function which is to be a platform for cultural and artistic exchange. This allow students to appreciate art as well as cultivate their own artistic sentiments through such displays.

All of this is derived from the experiences gathered by staff at the property management center. The teaching function is changing from “teaching is the focus” to “learning is the focus”. This means that needs for classroom layout is also changing.

"I’ve participated in the questionnaire and made some suggestions, saying that I hope the university can add more discussion rooms in the teaching buildings which will help with after-class discussions. This also means that students who are self-studying will not be disturbed,” said He Xuebing from Tsinghua’s School of Journalism and Communication. 

The pursuit of quality teaching and living environment is the main goal of the property management center. Its affairs department is responsible for the hygiene, order and safety of the 276 classrooms. It has taken the initiative to carry out research to understand the needs of the teachers and students. It also carried out research into the management concepts and designs of well-known colleges and universities both at home and abroad so that teachers and students are provided with a more comfortable, educationally rich and simple environment.

Students have mentioned that “Tsinghua’s teaching buildings has never stopped transforming. A variety of supporting facilities and user-friendly designs bring only greater comfort and convenience to the teachers and students. The environment and design is low-key yet at the high-end of scholarly luxury. The editor of the magazine Nature said after his lecturing in one of the rooms at Building 6 that, “The designs from the classrooms to the furniture to the equipment are all world-class.”

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    Spotlight Group

     

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    Spotlight Group

     

    Text

    Min Weiyuan

     

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    Zhao Cuncun, Li Na

     

    Composition

    Lu Xiaobing, Cheng Xi, Zhang Geming, Zhang Li

     

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    Cheng Xi