New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education

The new campus design signifies a highly linked & connected institution. It looks into the compact urban condition of Hong Kong itself for direct inspiration and epitomizes a miniature city, dense and connected.

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education - Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education – Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

The spatial organization maximizes density by stacking multiple slab blocks of different programs vertically on top of each other over a podium of communal activities.

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education - Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education – Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

The footprints of the buildings are restricted to that of the existing foundations to minimize unnecessary modification. Programs requiring larger footprints such as the classrooms and libraries are suspended out from the main slab blocks to make up for the required floor area.

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Architecturally, the library and the student union are remodeled as bridges that connect the east and west blocks into an iconic gateway. The classrooms on the upper floors are tapered outwards, creating a sloping wall as a reflector to redirect sunlight to the interior corridors even at lower levels.

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education - Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education – Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

The elevation of the building reflects an authentic expression of its complex section. Formally, the cantilevers and bridges extending from the slab blocks resemble the image of a tree crown and symbolize the primitive learning space under the shade of the green canopy. Its composition and construction also resemble the inherent spirit of Chinese Calligraphy, namely the beautiful balance of solid and void in the elevation. The erection of the new campus in essence alludes to the creation of a new character: a new rudiment that would form the root of new knowledge for the generations to come.

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education - Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

New Campus Development of Chu Hai College of Higher Education – Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Project Info.
Architects : Rocco Design Architects
Location : Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Architect in Charge : Rocco Yim
Design Team : Patrick Lee,CM Chan, William Tam, Henry Ho, Stephen Chan, Hoi-Wai Sze, Agnus Lau, Li Qingyue, Julia Mok, Nicholas Ho, Justin Chan
Year : 2016
Project Type : College / Educational
Photographs : Rocco Design Architects

 

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