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Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong Architecture News - Jan 07, 2021 - 11:46   7573 views

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled design for a new student housing development at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). 

Developed with Hong Kong-based firm Leigh & Orange, the new housing will be built at the southeast of the HKUST - within Clear Water Bay campus, the new halls of residence are embedded within a steeply sloping site of approximately 25m of level difference. 

Covering a total of 35,500-square-metre area, the new residences will accommodate over 1,500 students. 

"Marrying advanced digital design technologies with sustainable construction practices and operational strategies for its 50-year life cycle, the design is guided by the university’s mission to harness technology and innovation to solve today’s critical global issues," said Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Planned in hexagonal configuration, the residences include four courtyards terraced into the steeply sloping site. The building’s roof line has been designed as its primary circulation and incorporates shaded outdoor areas for students and staff to rest and gather together, helping to build a stronger cross-campus culture. 

ZHA designed a rooftop walkway that creates a new connection between the academic blocks of the north campus and the primarily residential blocks of the south, eliminating the need for students and staff to circumnavigate the hilly terrain.

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The design is elaborated by using digital design tools allowing simultaneous considerations of numerous site parameters including terrain levels, solar radiation, sightlines and soil conditions have defined the design’s optimal configuration and orientation. 

The studio used a digital encoding for internal spaces enabling layout tests to optimize functionality and adaptability, as well as getting an accurate calculation of natural light levels.

"With all rooms facing open spaces, the approximately 35,500 sq.m of accommodation includes communal areas for living, learning, recreation and leisure," said ZHA. 

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"The courtyards are designed to be quieter spaces for rest and relaxation, while the surrounding hillside will be replanted to prevent soil erosion with zones for exercise and social activities."

"The residences are arranged in three differing ‘clusters’ that combine communal living spaces with a varying number of single or double occupancy bedrooms, enabling between 18 to 36 students to share one apartment as a single self-contained ‘household’ that encourages a sense of ownership and cohesion," the studio added.

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The ‘Y’ cluster apartments accommodate 27 students with study areas, relaxation lounge and kitchen, while the ‘V’ clusters house 36 students in a split level apartment with a double-height living space and stairs connecting the quieter study lounge on upper floor with the dining-kitchen area on lower level. 

The ‘Linear’ cluster of apartments house 18 students and include an open plan living area with kitchen that can be subdivided by partitions when required.

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

As ZHA epxlains, privacy and spatial equality are the key components for the bedroom designs, with storage and furniture configurations achieving maximum spatial efficacy. The bedrooms within all apartments are grouped together and separated from the communal spaces by an additional doorway to manage noise.

The façade units will be made of a series of prefabricated modules, incorporating 70mm of thermal insulating layers and double glazed windows with a low shading co-efficient. 

"Digital mapping evaluations of solar paths and heat gain have determined the geometries of the external solar shading fins positioned above the windows within the façade units," added the studio.

"To ensure thermal comfort, the geometries of these shading fins vary in depth and length in response to solar exposure on each façade unit and the programmatic planning of the interior spaces."

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Also determined by these digital mapping evaluations, ZHA will apply different colours of ceramic tiles to flat areas of each precast façade module that vary in shade dependent on the solar heat gain calculated for each unit, creating a continuous mural that visualizes the building’s micro-climate and thermal considerations.

The halls’ environmental systems will be integrated within the university’s centralised network. Incorporating a central chiller plant using seawater-cooled central chilling in a district cooling system providing significant reductions in energy consumption, this centralized smart system can predict and offset daytime energy demand in the academic buildings with evening demand in the residential accommodation.

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

As an important circulation route for the campus, the halls’ roof includes substantial thermal and sound insulation while photovoltaic arrays installed on the roof’s inaccessible sections will harvest renewable energy in accordance with the university’s commitment to transforming its Clear Water Bay campus to carbon-neutral operations.

The project is under construction and expected to be completed in 2023. 

Zaha Hadid Architects designs student housing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Project facts

Brief: On-campus accommodation for over 1500 students
Client: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Area: Approx. 35,500 sq.m / 5-8 floors
Location: Hong Kong, China
Status: Under Construction


Project Team

Lead Architect: Leigh & Orange (L&O)
Design Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
AP: L&O
Building Services Engineering: WSP [Asia]
Structural & Geotechnical Engineering: WSP [Asia]
Facade Engineering: WSP [Asia], Inhabit
Landscaping: Earthasia
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Sustainability: L&O, WSP [Asia]
Traffic consultant: MVA Asia
Acoustic consultant: WSP [Asia]

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