With the mission to be a centre of excellence of international cuisine, the International Culinary Institute will provide culinary training to promote the artistry of culinary profession, covering European, Mediterranean, American, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The campus will house a comprehensive array of facilities including training kitchens, tier demo kitchen for international competitions and broadcasting, MICE training restaurant, food-related laboratories, themed culinary gardens, etc.
Concept and Sketches: The design is inspired by the shape of a Salt Crystal - a basic but magical ingredient that preserves food and brings out tantalising flavours across all cuisines - with the design utilising the multifaceted forms, angular planes and juxtaposing lines characteristic of this crystalline mineral.
Heritage and Urban Context in the Surrounding: Surrounded by heritage buildings in Pokfulam, this building is designed to harmonise with its environment.
Energy Conservation and Innovation: Recessed windows are widely applied to both west and east facades, providing effective shading hence decreases cooling load of the building.
The environmental optimisation system (EOS) is utilised to optimise the energy efficiency of various building service systems, thus achieving energy saving. Over 30% of site area is greenery area while over 50% of total roof area is either vegetation roof or high solar reflective roof, which minimises the urban heat island effects. All timber used for temporary works are FSC certified, which discourages suppliers to extract hardwoods from virgin forests in an unsustainable manner. Partial hot water is supplied by 20 sets of solar hot water panels on roof.
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