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Skynet, Logo Square, The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
Thursday 30 Jun 2011
 
A contrasting design 
 
BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd. 
 
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Barrie Ho create a public space on university campus to contrast with the other buildings 

Significance of the siting located at the heart of the PolyU campus, the Logo Square performs as the central point of numerous campus activities for both students and teaching staff.

This project engages the architects work into a second dialogue with the works of Zaha Hadid Architects, in this case the Innovation Tower. The design philosophy core to the whole PolyU campus has been quite consistently of red brick modules. While ZHA's Innovation Tower "blends in" with the existing campus "by contrast" with its fluid form, the Skynet, closest at 50m from the Tower, deliberately takes an orthogonal and angular form in a variety of sizes to contrast with their provocative blend-in strategy.

Skynet takes on 2 metaphors. The form of the Skynet takes the metaphor of an organic tree, with the structural supports branching out to support the glass canopy in an organic geometric order. Also because of this environmental suggestion, the glass canopy is conceived as the sky. Glass of different hues of blue is used, creating a Skynet that is almost invisible.

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BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd
www.barrieho.com

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