Youth Square, Chai Wan, Hong Kong. 2000 – 2008, A journey of exploration of youth programmes

Cultural & Institutional

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Awards:
•  First Prize for the Open Design Competition for the “Centre for Youth Development” in 2000.
•  Merit Award by the Architectural Services Department in 2008.

Design Architect:
Meta4 Design Forum Ltd.
Team members: Kenneth Tse, Steven Chu, Humphrey Wong and Anson Tsang.

Acknowledgement to project partners:
Project Manager: Architectural Services Department
Project Architect: P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd
Structural Engineer & Façade Consultant: Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd
BS Consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd
Acoustic and theatre machinery consultant: Shen, Milsom & Wilke Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: D.G. Jones & Partners (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Main Contractor: China State Construction

Project Description:
This is the winning design of the International Open Competition for the “Centre for Youth Development” jointly held by the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects in 2000. The brief called for a 660-seat auditorium, 250-seat black box theatre, exhibition space, multi-purpose rooms and a 150 double-room youth hostel. Our design scheme abandons the norm of rigid and repetitive plan, and advocates the open and interconnected floor plates for young people to explore and venture. The design also bravely reverts the traditional central corridor to the external perimeter and enlarges it to 5m wide. The impromptu activities here make changes to the inner facades, which is malleable to time that makes the atmosphere special. The scheme also takes into consideration of the site context by bridging the pedestrian footbridge to our exhibition platform which then gently blends with the garden plane and then folds down to become a triangular plaza taking people to the auditorium entrance hall. Walking upwards to the upper floors through the different planes, staircases, step ramps unfolds the variety of programmes until one finally reach the sky court within the hostel at roof level.

To build a multi-purpose youth facilities building in a small plot of urban land and with the constraint of a train viaduct, it was a big challenge for us to overcome. When the project was completed in 2008, it was renamed to Youth Square and managed by the Home Affairs Department.

 

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