Heritage is Foreground, New Hong Kong Campus
Hong Kong, China
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 Kong√§√≥¬ªs 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 Chicago√§√≥¬ªs 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.