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Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Penda Design, Between Earth and Sky Gate, Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, technical university, installation, open air installation, gate, structure

Between Earth and Sky Gate by Penda Design is the design for an entrance sculpture to the Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology. It is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. There is a Chinese saying parents tell their children when they leave home for university, which means roughly translated: “ride on the wings of an eagle to your success”. Therefore the wing-shaped design for the sculpture is a formal translation of this saying.

The sculpture serves as an entrance gate and is a connection of two opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky. Furthermore the landmark should symbolize a freedom of thinking on one hand and certain guidelines on the other hand, which stand for a system and order in science – a contrast of endless possibilities and technical limitations. With those opposites, the sculpture describes what a modern Technical University should stand for – a symbiosis of nature and technology.

Penda Design is a young office, established in 2012 and located in Vienna and Beijing. Their credo is to see architecture as a statement that always starts with questions about the content and the context, about identity, density and the community of a specific site. The office is formed by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun.

Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Penda Design, Between Earth and Sky Gate, Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, technical university, installation, open air installation, gate, structure

Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Penda Design, Between Earth and Sky Gate, Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, technical university, installation, open air installation, gate, structure

Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Penda Design, Between Earth and Sky Gate, Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, technical university, installation, open air installation, gate, structure

Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Penda Design, Between Earth and Sky Gate, Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology, technical university, installation, open air installation, gate, structure

 

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