Perkins Eastman designed a new academic building on the campus of Nanjing University. The new Samuel Pollard Building expands the unique academic program of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and serves as a signature landmark of the area that establishes a precedent of construction quality for subsequent build-out of the Nanda campus. The new ten-story academic building, located next to a building currently housing the program, comprises academic space including classrooms, lecture halls, faculty offices, student lounges, resource areas, and a library. Although the new building represents an aesthetic departure from the existing campus, a portion of the building takes on architectural cues from the old prominent provincial government buildings on Beijing Road—marking the transition between old and new. A glass curtain wall juxtaposed with solid wall space sets up a visual dialogue with the surrounding campus. The glass corner of the building overlooking Beijing road features an uninterrupted expanse of glass that blurs the point at which the building ends and the sky begins, making the building seem taller and lighter than its actual dimensions.