CHU HAI COLLEGE, HONG KONG, 2009
By OMA © All rights reserved
Three imperatives drive the concept for Chu Hai College's new
campus: a compressed time frame of two years for completion, the
natural beauty of the site - a verdant hill overlooking Castle Peak
Bay in Hong Kong's New Territories - and Chu Hai's venerable
history (starting in 1947) of multidisciplinary education.
The campus consists of education facilities for three faculties (with 10 departments) and two research centres over a gross floor area of 28,000m2. Seventy-five percent of this space is concentrated in two parallel horizontal slabs, which are each eight stories high. The slabs are conceived with speed and ease of construction in mind: all structural elements are on the exterior, liberating the floor plane for ultimate flexibility.
The slabs are connected by a 'mat' of stairs and platforms that criss-cross between the buildings, acting as a circulation space for the campus and following the natural slope of the site towards the sea. Campus life is concentrated on the mat, which facilitates encounters between staff and students from different departments and offers views of the sea, the surrounding hills, and also, thanks to the aerated facades of the slabs, into the inner life of the college itself.
Beneath the mat, the 'plinth' runs between the two slabs, beginning at ground level and rising to the fourth floor. It is a multi-level network of intricate spaces - in contrast to the simplicity of the slabs - including a cluster of four lecture theatres, a cafeteria, gym, and, at the core of the college, the library.
New campus for Chu Hai College Hong Kong
Chu Hai College
Castle Peak Road, New Territories, Hong Kong,
28,000m2 of educational facilities including library, classrooms, offices, studios, cafeteria, lecture theatres, gym, staff accommodation
Leigh & Orange
Hard and soft landscape consultant:
Team 73 HK
Civil, geotechnical, structural and building services engineer:
Mott MacDonald UK
Structural facade consultant:
WT Partnership HK
Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
Calvin Chan, Ken Fung, Mike Lim, Ted Lin, Juan Minguez, Ka Tam, Catherine Ng, Patrizia Zobernig
David Gianotten and Chris van Duijn, with: Sam Aitkenhead, Jing Chen, Vilhelm Christensen, Alessandro De Santis, Pascal Hendrickx, Matthew Jull, Michael Kokora, Jedidiah Lau, Dirk Peters, Koen Stockbroekx, Leonie Wenz, Patrizia Zobernig