The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong | FGLA 2019 Merit
May 14, 2019
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 that are now repurposed as classrooms and student lounges. The development’s landscaped deck and heritage courtyard serve as focal points and are open to the public. Similarly, the preservation and refurbishment of existing trails and lookout points allow for public access to continue uninterrupted.
|The University of Chicago Center in
|168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis, Hong
|6,430 square metres
|Gross Floor Area
|4,915 square metres
|Number of Rooms
|5 classrooms; 15 group study rooms;
1 multipurpose hall; 1 reading room;
3 student lounges; 30 offices;
1 Heritage Interpretation Center
|The University of Chicago Foundation in Hong Kong Limited
|Revery Architecture Inc.
|Venelin Kokalov; Shinobu Homma
|Paul Y. Builders Limited
|Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
|Civil & Structural Engineer
|SWA Group; Urbis Limited
|Revival Heritage Consultants Limited