Old school building is transformed into new headquarters for HKCAAVQ
This project is a transformation of an abandoned school into the headquarters of semi-government offices (HKCAAVQ) in Hong Kong. Such an adaptive re-use architectural design is far more complicated than the construction of a new building as it must take into account intensive considerations to structural, electrical and mechanical alterations; architectural re-layouts, new functions, external finishes and signage to create a ‘re-birth' of the original structure.
In addition, the entire adaptive re-use involves a total GFA of 250,000 sq ft and has major alterations in structure as well as interior detailing and lighting designs specifically designed for functionality and practicality. The intensive alteration includes new functions like a reception, conference rooms, lecture halls, multi-function rooms, staff rooms, a green zone, modified elevator and an increase in entrances and barrier-free access.
The transformation is an attempt to re-introduce new programs of interactive elements like concierge for visitors, numerous conference rooms and meeting rooms for overseas visitors' meetings, multi-function hall and office facilities, whilst such re-introduction is a manifestation of revealing the new programs inside.
One of the major challenges in the re-use of the building was the ‘skin surgery' needed to create an in and out feeling to the external juxtaposing facades and re-introduce the elements of ‘black and white' vertically with a ‘timber' appearance onto the new external ‘skin'.
The off-white interiors aim to project the independent, neutral and solemn images of the council and creates a consistent flow through the space.