Laying the golden egg...

Monday 31 Oct 2011

Hong Kong's new Science & Technology Park centres around an egg-shaped auditorium

The Hong Kong Science Park was commissioned by the Hong Kong SAR in 1999 as a development to attract foreign high-tech companies establishing operations in Hong Kong. With a mission of embracing new technology and research, the Park was to be implemented in three phases. The second phase developments completed in 2008 were designed for applied science research companies of four target industries: Information technology, electronics, precision engineering and biotechnology.

Buildings in this phase comprise two energy towers, two dedicated laboratory buildings and six R&D Office buildings also tenable for laboratory facilities. They were carefully placed and oriented to capture the wide and open views to the harbor front promenade. Tenant movements are planned on a central spine concept providing a fully air-conditioned pedestrian 'street' connecting with Phase 1 and the future Phase 3. Along the spine are clubhouse facilities, business centre with conference facilities, retail shops and dining facilities, readily accessible to create interaction. Two leaning energy towers housing the central air-conditioning system service the other buildings, adding dynamism to the development.

The system is devised to recover heat dissipated by the chillers for heating purpose. Service design philosophy of the office buildings has the power, water, IT and refuse collection system distribution network located at the basement level outside the normal tenant area to facilitate operation management and maintenance. A major focal point at the centre of the development is the free standing, egg-shaped Auditorium located along the central spine. The spine opens onto a landscaped water lake stretching along the development with timber decked areas under a wavy canopy on poles leaning randomly to provide al fresco dining.

The opposite side of the lake has gentle contours, open grassy areas and a soft reed bed fringe. The building facades are coherent and experimental, with insulated glazing for thermal performance, articulated sunshade devices and cladded facades. Interior spaces are light and airy, stripped of commercial extravagance offering an uplifting experience to tenants.

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