Good News: Our New Campus in Castle Peak Bay – Designed by Rem Koolhaas, OMA partner
March 1, 2010

Further to the successful application of the Land Grant and Start-up Loan from the Education Bureau and the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR Government in June 2009 to construct our purpose-built new campus, the College is pleased to announce that the invited design competition for the selection of the best design for the new campus has been launched and completed in October and December 2009 respectively.

Locally and internationally renowned design teams, including Aedas Ltd., MVRDV and AD+RG Ltd., NASCA and LD Asia, OMA and Leigh & Orange Ltd., Ronald Lu and Partners (HK) Ltd., SANAA and P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd., TR Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd. and AGC Design Ltd. were shortlisted for the design submission invitation. Each of the designs demonstrated a high architectural quality, a reflection of the College’s educational goal and unique identity in Hong Kong.

The College selection committee chose the design by the team OMA and Leigh & Orange Ltd. because it provided a strong visual identity for the college, flexibility in use and an environment conducive for multidisciplinary education. These fulfilled the College’s mission and vision. The team’s concentrated and efficient design housed the teaching spaces in two ‘slabs’ with the interactive spaces as the ‘mat’ on the base. It also allowed several of the original British army buildings on the Tuen Mun East Castle Peak Bay site to be preserved and renovated for accommodation, student union and canteen facilities.

Rem Koolhaas (OMA) and Leigh & Orange Ltd.
The design was led by OMA partner Rem Koolhaas, General Manager of OMA Asia (Hong Kong) David Gianotten and Leigh & Orange Ltd. Managing Director Dominic Lam and Principal Director Vivien Tse.

Rem Koolhaas is a Prizker Prize winner and was one of the founders of OMA, an international renowned design practice which designed the CCTV of Beijing, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China, Seattle Public Library in Seattle, and Illinois Institute of Technology Student Complex in Chicago, USA to name a few. Currently OMA Asia (Hong Kong) is making a Conceptual Plan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. Leigh & Orange Ltd has a history of over 135 year in Hong Kong and was the architect for the award-winning projects Science Park, Kadoori Biological Building for HKU, etc.

With the exciting design and the team’s experience, the College aims at starting the construction works in mid of 2010 with an expected completion and move-in date in the semester academic year 2012-13.