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AIMING HIGH

by Adrian Ho on Sep 20, 2014 in Architecture
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With the tallest compound in the neighbourhood, Ronald Lu & Partners quenches a rising demand for space at the City University of Hong Kong  

The reform of undergraduate education in Hong Kong did not only result in a new academic structure, but also an expanding intake of students. To address this new phenomenon, the City University of Hong Kong decided to build a new teaching and administration building, providing classrooms, university offices and various student amenities.
This led to the development of Academic 3 (AC3), a 20-storey compound designed by local practice Ronald Lu & Partners and built in the centre of the existing campus. Accommoda­ting a total floor area of 37,300 sq-m, AC3 serves as a strong connection between the remote dormitory cluster uphill and the main academic campus downhill, with designs that took the site's location and height restriction into consideration.
Integrating landscape and architecture, the design makes the connection through the University Street, which comprises a series of interactive spaces across different levels. Linked by major paths, terraces and atria, the lively uphill circulation routes bring nature into classrooms, while also creating an outdoor extension for study and informal discussion. Various sustainable design tactics also allow natural air and daylight to filter through, underscoring the building's role as an educational facility.
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