new school of architecture of the chinese university of hong kong by ida and billy architects
image courtesy ida and billy the new architectural school building by ida and billy sits on the edge of
the hilly campus with a scenic view of the tolo harbour. they proposed an architecture
which takes the form of a mass pierced diagonal shape to preserve the view of the sky.
this also continues the uphill movement from the railway station, to the ‘acropolis route’
up to the architectural school building and to the outer edge of the site.
the ‘acropolis route’ starts with the public gallery path leading up to the library and the gallery.
large pivot joint metal blackboard doubles as partitioning doors to include/ exclude
the corridor spaces as desired. the gallery can be extended into the gallery path and the external
timber deck in the wood.
split levels add spacial interest and variety, and enable easy access to the functional areas
below and above. large openings facing north-west and east capture the campus’ hilly
topology and scenic view of tolo harbor, giving an infinite boundary to architectural thinking
green informal learning areas go in and out of the upper level teaching rooms and offices;
the DT lab is next to the open lawn, while the classrooms and offices centers around the upper
internal lawn with hanging ivy.
the ‘acropolis route’ goes from the public gallery path, internal street, through the studios,
up to the open lawn and upper internal lawn. the diagonal cut creates a breezeway through
the building, enabling cross ventilation for and penetration of natural light to all levels. metal
grill panels of varying degrees of openings complete the concrete facade, while enabling light
and air to enter.
image courtesy ida and billy