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University of Chicago Center in Hong Kon… Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong is The University of Chicago’s new satellite campus in Asia and home to its renowned Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth).

Situated on a steep, heritage-protected hillside on Hong Kong Island, the building’s design was inspired by the site’s challenging topography, its magnificent panorama across the sea, and the scattered remnants of its past as a former military facility and, in later years, a detention centre.

The design mandate to respect both the existing heritage buildings and the complex natural landscape, including the site’s public hiking trails, led to the innovative decision to “float” the project above the historic remnants and amid the lush old-growth trees, successfully mitigating disruption of the site’s ecological landscape. The resultant design is a curvilinear form that gently weaves the academic program into the contours of the site’s difficult terrain, touching down only at points of least intrusion, and bridging the heritage blocks to seamlessly reconcile old and new, natural and man-made. Its fluid design, accentuated by generous glazing and rhythmic sun screens, carefully respects the site’s unique setting and abundant foliage while repurposing several of the existing heritage structures as classroom space, student lounges, and building services.
This stunning “Treehouse of Knowledge” is a single, connected, flowing space that creates a landmark academic hub for global education that elegantly celebrates the University of Chicago’s international presence and its partnership with the wider Hong Kong community.

Facts

  • Type:Academic
  • Size:52,000 sq ft
  • Status:Completed 2018
  • Architect:Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects)

University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong is The University of Chicago’s new satellite campus in Asia and home to its renowned Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth).

Situated on a steep, heritage-protected hillside on Hong Kong Island, the building’s design was inspired by the site’s challenging topography, its magnificent panorama across the sea, and the scattered remnants of its past as a former military facility and, in later years, a detention centre.

The design mandate to respect both the existing heritage buildings and the complex natural landscape, including the site’s public hiking trails, led to the innovative decision to “float” the project above the historic remnants and amid the lush old-growth trees, successfully mitigating disruption of the site’s ecological landscape. The resultant design is a curvilinear form that gently weaves the academic program into the contours of the site’s difficult terrain, touching down only at points of least intrusion, and bridging the heritage blocks to seamlessly reconcile old and new, natural and man-made. Its fluid design, accentuated by generous glazing and rhythmic sun screens, carefully respects the site’s unique setting and abundant foliage while repurposing several of the existing heritage structures as classroom space, student lounges, and building services.
This stunning “Treehouse of Knowledge” is a single, connected, flowing space that creates a landmark academic hub for global education that elegantly celebrates the University of Chicago’s international presence and its partnership with the wider Hong Kong community.

Facts

  • TypeAcademic
  • Size52,000 sq ft
  • StatusCompleted 2018
  • ArchitectRevery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects)