AD+RG uses teaching blocks stacked spirally to create the Hung Hom bay campus
The Hong Kong based firm’s project is an 18-storey institutional building for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University- Hong Kong Community College. The site is located at one of the highest residential density areas in Hong Kong, Hung Hom District, adjacent to the Hong Kong Victoria Harbor.
The form composes of various teaching blocks stacked spirally in the air, which are separated with sky gardens at different levels. The various blocks have different degrees of opacity. The degree of opacity is made possible by varying the density of ceramic painted dots patterned glass and the solid volumes. The opacity controls the degree of direct sunlight casting into the interior of the building with different degree of intensity.
The continuous spiral-chain of communal sky gardens could be perceived along the tower block periphery extending from the lower-ground floor to the upper-most floors. The gardens enrich the building elevation with a natural, pleasant environment and help to create a different open learning and communal environment.
A flexible modular system of communal spaces capable for future transformation has been developed to facilitate the needs of adaptability and flexibility within public spaces provided with greenery for interaction. The modular system also enables the building to be the first institutional building in Hong Kong that adopts a full pre-cast construction system. The system minimizes waste during the construction period and additional finishes required for the interior decoration.