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Duke Kunshan University

Kunshan, China

Just north of Shanghai, this five-building complex is a model of sustainable development, organized around a vast manmade lake and connected by bridges skimming the water’s surface. Terraces, pavilions and other spaces offer water views, invite gatherings and build community. The range of settings provided across the complex speaks to the diversity of learning style that the school will support: Facilities include an academic incubator with wet and dry labs, a cultural center, guest rooms and suites. Because of the 201-acre site’s high water table, 40 acres are left as undisturbed wetlands.