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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Science Laboratories - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Science facility draws inspiration from the periodic table

The Science Laboratories development at the Chinese University of Hong Kong accommodates state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities in a 6 storey building structure within the Central Campus of the University. The project completed in 2006 and acts as a visual landmark that is architecturally sensitive to the campus context, providing linkage to the existing Science Centre, as well as integrating with an existing pedestrian network within the natural landscape.

This laboratory facility sits on a 2,600sqm footprint on a steeply sloping site overlooking Tolo Harbour. Its unique façade curves to blend and complement the rolling landscape whilst softening the impact of the building onto the hillside. The layout and design of the building were carefully considered as the interior laboratories were required to be linked by a series of "dirty" corridors ensuring separation of the clean and contaminated areas.

Inspiration for the coloured façade was derived from the periodic table of elements, stating the importance of science to mankind. At the same time this southern facing façade has an environmental function of regulating the ambient and solar heat gain, thus increasing the thermal comfort of the interior space. The students profit from the outward looking views toward Tai Po Road.

The building was awarded the Merit Award – Community Building 2006 by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
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