Daniel Libeskind and Leigh & Orange designs HK BEAM Platinum media centre
The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre is specifically developed to host City University’s School of Creative Media, Media and Communication, and Computer Science Department. The building is designed by the world-renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind in association with Leigh & Orange Limited.
The composition of the building is a specific response to the unique qualities of the site. The building is carved out of the mountain with a crystalline structure rising dynamically from that space, forming an extraordinary range of spaces rich in form, light and material that creates an interactive environment for research and creativity and signals the building's presence across the University campus.
In addition to the numerous educational areas, the common spaces, whether self-contained or open, are unique shapes. Flowing around and among the building’s classrooms, laboratories and other facilities-recording studios, screening rooms, performance spaces, a multipurpose theater and other discrete areas-are 'interactive spaces'. More expansive than traditional passageways, but more intimate than formal classrooms, they are designed to encourage impromptu exchanges and spontaneous collaboration, reviews and critiques.
The building uses passive design responding to local climate, harvesting ample daylight while rejecting heat, achieving 66% thermal performance reduction against local standard. Despite the unique massing of the structure, 50% of the building component is standardised improving constructability and efficacy. The resulting building does not only save 28% potable water, but also exceeds the building energy code energy requirement by 26%.
Other sustainable design features include: a green roof garden (20% of roof area); pervious landscape (50% of site area); reduced light pollution; extensive daylight harvesting; efficient lighting; low-e insulated glazing; a high-efficiency chiller plant; heat recovery, sensors and CO2-controlled ventilation and a heat rejecting façade (OTTV-66%). The building design provides an energy reduction of 26% and a water use reduction of 28%.