Unit-by-Unit Archive Exhibition Design & Management for Architecture School

XLarch Department of Architecture, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

Architect: Lina Stergiou
Collaborating architect: Evelina Rempi

Aesthetic concept of Unit-By-Unit is an ascetic visual language celebrating the Unit, the archival box that generates the furniture that archives and exhibits the Department’s student work. The Unit derives from the dimensions of an archival box (44.5cm D x 34cm W x 33cm H).

The groundfloor of XLarch Department of Architecture forms with its archive room, material library, workshops, and glass exhibition walls, an entrance as a place of architectural experimentation.

Unit-By-Unit archives architecture students’ work – studio models, posters, folios, written research with essays and exam papers – and exhibits models. The Unit generates the archive’s steel-cabinets, and stores all student work besides models. The latter are stored in the interior perimetrical glass shelves. The spatial organization creates a clear order for the archive and display for 5-academic years, framework of the RIBA accreditation process.

The exterior glass walls serve as models’ exhibition space.