Nestled among tree canopies and verdant public hiking trails, the University of Chicago’s new Asian campus—The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex I The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong—was inspired by the site’s challenging topography, panoramic views and remnants of its military past.

The single, curvilinear expression of the building discreetly weaves the academic programme into the contours of the site’s terrain, touching only at points of least intrusion and bridging the heritage blocks to reconcile the old and new, natural and man-made. Evoking a contemporary ‘tree house of knowledge’, this facility floats gently over the natural landscape and historic relics, and incorporates several heritage structures ...

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