The Hong Kong Design Institute project was obtained in late 2006 by Coldefy and Associates, Architects Urbanistes / CAAU, winners of the second international stage in which 162 teams from 23 countries took part. The study CAAU was given the task of designing the project management architectural design of the site run by his partner of Hong Kong, P & T Group. It aims to welcome 4, 000 artistic students and media at about 42, 000 square meters, the HKDI is commissioned by the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong. The HKDI important facility is the first built in Hong Kong by a French architect.
The building is located in the Tiu Keng Leng area, to the north east of Hong Kong Island, in the Sai Kung district, adjacent to the Tseung Kwan O area and Junk Bay. The area is served by the metro, on the Tseung Kwan O line, 20 minutes from HK Central, and also has a bus station. Althoughactivity there ismainly residential and commercial, nature is also very much present for the site is surrounded by green hills and the view over Junk Bay is everywhere.
Each functional element, first decomposed, amalgamates and interpenetrates or cuts itself off, by offering the project an immediate clarity from the outside which is very resonant in the city. The flexible and evolutionary plan allows one to envisage future liaisons with the neighbouring campus, LWL. The base of the building, the giant “ urban lounge “ favours meetings and exchanges, whilst taking advantage of internal and external green spaces and views of the countryside, thus fulfilling the liaison with the city.
Concrete, glass and steel, three classic materials are implemented for a radical architectural process, a building of a different age reduced to its fundamental functions. The steel, processed into a white trellis, is used as a structural skin for both the inside of the platform and the outside of thetowers. The glass of the platform gives it great permeability which strengthens the sensation of tension between the architectural elements. The structural cement of the podium is combined with glazed facades to exceed mere functionality and create a strong visual and spatial impact.