In Yan'an, which is an old revolutionary base, designing a new campus for a university with a profound history and cultural heritage is a challenging task. We hope to make it different from the previous campus designs by going back to the origins and exploring more deeply the cultural deposits of this land, in order to deliver a design that reflects the spirit and regional culture of Yan'an. Yan'an enjoys distinctive architectural features. House caves with setbacks are a common scene here, and have long been typical of Yan’an University architecturally. It is also where the design drew inspiration for the new campus, which, with strong regional elements, is set to restore and connect the past, and inherit the local historical context. Setbacks are used in the main buildings as a symbolic feature of the new campus. The cave is another architectural element that runs through the design of the entire campus. Instead of simply copying the Yan’an caves, we took into consideration the campus culture and functional needs, and designed the cave structures to shape the arcade, which serves as the building base and adds to the visual weight of the building. The semi-open space that the arcade creates gives shade in summer and provides shelter in winter. It is an excellent area for teachers and students to communicate and interact, and also serves as circulation corridors to connect different functional areas.