CHU HAI COLLEGE, HONG KONG, 2009
Two slabs connected by a 'mat' of shared facilities
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.
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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.

FACT SHEET
Project:
New campus for Chu Hai College Hong Kong

Status:
Schematic Design

Client:
Chu Hai College

Location:
Castle Peak Road, New Territories, Hong Kong,

Budget:
N/A

Site:
16,500m2

Program:
28,000m2 of educational facilities including library, classrooms, offices, studios, cafeteria, lecture theatres, gym, staff accommodation



COLLABORATORS
Project architect:
Leigh & Orange

Hard and soft landscape consultant:
Team 73 HK

Civil, geotechnical, structural and building services engineer:
Mott MacDonald UK

Structural facade consultant:
Corus

Quantity surveyor:
WT Partnership HK



CREDITS
Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten

Associate:
Michael Kokora

Team:
Calvin Chan, Ken Fung, Mike Lim, Ted Lin, Juan Minguez, Ka Tam, Catherine Ng, Patrizia Zobernig

Competition team:
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