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Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Leisure and Cultural Building, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Friday 29 Jun 2012

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Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR Government 
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06/08/12 Denise, HK China
I can see the modern expression of Chinese heritage of southern China vernacular housing through the use of Chinese bricks, weathered steel, fair-faced concrete, translucent screen and layers of space. Successful communication of inside and outside transcend the spirit of Chinese spatial philosophy into a brand new interpretation of new "Civic" gathering hub.
Nice details and rebirth of Chinese arts and crafts.
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15/07/12 Grace Ko, Hong Kong
This is a nice building with interesting space and metriculously worked out details. However, some of the building functions were sacrificed in the process of design. For example the changing facilities, the fire services installations, the capacity of the hall, the barrier free provisions,etc. have to give way to the design. Who cares if it is a winning architecture when you have to wait for 30 minutes to get change in your wet swimming gear??
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12/07/12 Donald Leung, Hong Kong
The interior spaces of the building are nicely designed. Visiting the building in person will be better than viewing it in photos.
12/07/12 Cecilia Suen, Hong Kong
Tin Siu Wai Complex is a really a good example of civil building in Hong Kong. It serves for the leisure and library faciitles to the local community and gives a very morden and strong idea to the public that the government is open to accept new idea (architectural design). Situated in Tin Siu Wai, a new district in Hong Kong, it builds up an identitiy and icon to the district andl arise the feeling of the belongings of the people there. Architectually, the space created is touching and function of the spaces fulfill the needs. The form of the building and selected finishes / materials create a new trend in Hong Kong

I like the Tin Siu Wai Complex very much.
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Award Entry

New public facility mediates tradition and the contemporary 

The design for this civic leisure & library complex signifies the idea of a civic building with a piazza as a place for gathering. The building accommodates two main functions, which are a public library and an indoor recreation centre (IRC). The 10-storey library block, which is mainly outwardly orientated with glass façade to maximise its view and to benefit from the intake of natural daylight, locates at the south side of the site.

The 8-storey public library includes children’s library, adult library, multi-media library, reference library, students’ study room, computer centre, activity room and newspaper & periodicals reading area with an outside extension to the courtyard.

The 5-storey indoor recreation centre, which is more inward looking, comprises one 25x25m indoor swimming pool, one main games arena with 2 basketball courts, four multi-function rooms and a childrens' play room. The architectural language takes its DNA from the nearby Chinese vernacular tradition of Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

The concept is inspired by the Chinese traditional cabinet, a kind of multipurpose storage space for books, as well as open shelves to display porcelain and bonsai. By incorporating terraces that mediate the outdoor and indoor environments, the design re-interprets these traditional elements in a contemporary way.

With the use of brick walls, timber and metal screens; it establishes a connection with its roots yet modern at the same time. The spatial concept of the Library is to carve out the building mass to create inter-connected atrium, courtyard and roof terrace at various levels to allow natural light to reach the lower floors of the 10-storeys building. Readers can step out of the indoor space into these outdoor rooms to enjoy their reading with cups of tea.

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Status Completed
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Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

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