Project Description

Merit Award

Heritage is Foreground, New Hong Kong Campus

Hong Kong, China

SWA Group

Revery Architecture

Lead Landscape Architect: John Wong

Client: The University of Chicago

This project regenerates a spectacular, historic cliff-side waterfront site by activating it with new purpose. Working carefully to interweave layers of preservation and natural beauty, the building and landscape work together to leave a light footprint. Today, a distinctive global campus honors the history of its earlier occupation while providing inspiration for the future. Located at Hong Kongäó»s urban fringe, on a heavily wooded and rocky hillside overlooking the Lamma Channels, this challenging, unhospitable location was perfectly suited to its history as the site of a former military fortress and prison. Designed to recall a difficult past, but also to inspire with new purpose and order, the creation of the University of Chicagoäó»s Booth School of Business Academic Complex at the Francis and Rose Yuen Campus has successfully transformed the landscape into a special environment that is open, safe, informative, and inspiring.