Located at the remote geographical area at Sai Kung, students and teaching staff at the University are prone to stay at campus for meals most of the time. In light of this, the new Canteen is extended to a total GFA 30,000 sq ft and 3.6 meters ceiling height, which strategically becomes a highlighted spot for dining, gatherings, relaxation and leisure activities. The new extension allows the Outlets to accommodate up to 1500+ diners and ensures the canteen can operate smoothly and effectively even during peak hours.
The Design Concept
Inspired by the dynamic circulation at the site, the Canteen is a concept of “Contemporary Agora”, where the area is perfect for students and teaching staff to enjoy refreshments, exchange ideas and relax after class.
Combining both Western and Oriental cuisine and offering an extensive variety of food choices, the design of the Agora lives up to the food diversity and adopts a peculiar approach to visualize “Elements of Food & Utensils”, manifesting its exclusive shapes, contrast and colors.
The Cheese Zone
The entrance of the Agora is marked by “Elliptical Shapes” which form like pieces of cheese, scattered orderly at the zones. These elliptical shapes perform as lighting fittings, indirect lights and ceiling shapes which intensify the contrast of shapes, forms, and colours.
The Chopstick Zone
The Chopstick Zone is a very unique area to attract visitors and cater for group seatings. The “Chopstick Tubes" distinguishes itself from the ceiling and the distinctively quiet booth seating essentially allures teachers and students to enter further inside the Agora and avoid visitors clustering at the entrances.
The Chinese Rice Bowl Zone
The Chinese Rice Bowl Zone is situated further apart from the entrances, and the unique pattern of "Rice" scatters around the ceiling and floor in an orderly chaotic manner. This zone serves ideally as an Enclosed Dinner Area for private functions.
The Food Outlet Canal
The manifestation of the Outlets is conceived as a “Canal” next to the Agora, whilst the Canal equally locates the 4 Outlets and Bakery in a meandering channel, but at the same time, leaves out sufficient space for dynamic circulation.
BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd
BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd
BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors (BHA), founded in 1999 by Barrie Ho MH, is a Registered Practice with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Association of Architectural Practices, as well as in the Band 3 Architectural Consultant List (HKIA)(AAP) of the HKSAR Architectural Services Department, and an Institutional Member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council.
BHA have won over 100 international design awards, including the prestigious HKSAR Quality Building Award 2012 & 2010 and Dubai Cityscape Architectural Design Award in 2008, in which BHA have become the first winning architectural design firm from Hong Kong to receive this supreme honour.
United in the design philosophy of “Unification of Diversification”, BHA have completed a wide range of architectural projects, spanning from Institutional Architecture, Conservation and Restoration of Historical Architecture, Metropolitan Planning, Corporate Architecture, Hospitality Architecture, Residential Architecture, and so on.
BHA have also collaborated with world renowned architecture firms including FOSTER + PARTNERS and ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS from the UK, OFFICE FOR METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE from Netherlands, Christian de Portzamparc, JAKOB + MACFARLANE & AS.Architecture-Studio from France.
BHA is structured with a balanced “Creative-cum-Practical” management system, Mr. Barrie Ho MH, Founder & Director, is the mastermind heads the Creative and Design forces of all architectural projects, while Ms. Angie Pi, Director of Architecture, who is the Authorized Person (Architect) will in charge of all Statutory Submissions and Contract Administration of projects.
Though BHA is equipped with a strong “Architecture Team”, the “Adaptive-Reuse, Alteration & Additions Works” or “Renovation” project require in-depth detail designs, not only the External Building Envelope, but also the detail interiors. BHA also equips with a strong Interior Team to support the detail designs.
In order to maintain a balanced “Creative-cum-Practical” management, BHA also equips a strong Technical Team to ensure all “Creative & Original” design ideas created by Mr. Barrie Ho MH will be buildable and achievable.
Lastly, the BHA Administration Team will facilitate and ensure a smooth Project Procurement and administration throughout the Design & Construction process.
Founder and Director Barrie Ho MH is currently appointed by the CE of HKSAR as Member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA), Member of the Tender Committee, HKHA, Member of the Commercial Properties Committee, HKHA (2012-2014), and appointed by the HKSAR Development Bureau as Member of the Old Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee of the Urban Renewal Authority(2000-2012). Also, Ho is the Founder and Chairman of the Hong Kong Architectural Design Union, Member of the Hong Kong Design Institute Advisory Board of The Hong Kong Design Institute, Vocational Training Council, Chairman of The HKDI International Architectural Design Competition, Executive Committee Members of The Association of Architectural Practices 2010-2012., Founding Member of Hong Kong Professional and Senior Executive Association, Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Guangxi Association of Professional, and Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Real Estate.
BARRIE HO Architecture have a lot of cultural projects closely in response to HKSAR government policies, such as revitalization of historical architecture, wholesale conversion of industrial buildings, proposals to government for large scale centralized columbaria and necrotecture, and participation in the West Kowloon Cultural District public consultations, etc.
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