Building for tomorrow

01 Feb 2010

AGC Design Ltd transforms the learning mode for Baptist University Road Campus

Stepping into the new era of tertiary education, the mode of teaching would no longer be confined in box-shaped classrooms. To connect with the ever-changing society, transformation of the learning mode is essential. The design of tomorrow’s institute should be 'thinking out of the box' and 'reaching out to the community'. Based on these concepts, the Baptist University Road Campus Development project would manifest the idea of whole person education and would give Hong Kong Baptist University a new identity in the new era.

The 'thinking out of the box' concept is similar to the methodology by pulling out drawers from a cabinet, an analogy to computer servers in racks. The action of sliding building components in both the horizontal & vertical dimensions results in functional spaces protruding out from the rectangular box. This transformation has created external flat roof gardens, consequently sliding out of open slots on the building facade to enhance the visual permeability and natural ventilation of the building. Opening up roof gardens and carving out internal voids would create extra communal spaces that encourage human interaction. Multi-storey voids create interactive communal spaces and double-storey internal corridor to allow visual connection from one level to another.

To design for an environmentally friendly and sustainable building, some energy efficient features and renewable resources such as green roof gardens, a system for the recycling of grey water and low-emission integrated glass units are adopted. The landscape design focuses on contextual relationship between people and outdoor space. Emphasis is placed on how the spaces reflect the image of the Hong Kong Baptist University on the design of the landscape area, as well as to provide various functional spaces for the teaching and learning.

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