Alumni Landscape Garden
Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR.
Client: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Service: Landscape, Project Management
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Hijiri Nagasawa
Set against striking profile of the hill and highly visible from the MTR, this new garden forms part of the eastern vehicular entrance to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The garden was created in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of CUHK to recognize the contributions made by the alumni over the past 50 years. .
The design incorporated plantation of 51 new trees and creation of amenity area for the students and university community. A sculpture, named ‘The Integration’ by renowned contemporary sculptor Professor Wu Weishan, was commissioned and installed at the centre of the Garden to symbolize the founding mission of CUHK: to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.
The central landscape water feature is inspired by the game played in ancient China, Qu Shui Liu Shang (曲水流觞); The participants would sit along the stream and drink the liquors when they stop randomly in front of them, which was believed could take away bad luck. It was envisaged that during the ceremony the university could hold its own Qu Shui Liu Shang by organising musician and write poems by the water stream.
The Garden forms part of the Caring Alumni EcoCampus Trail which connects the nine colleges with the central campus and the Graduate School, and aims at educating the general public about CUHK’s green campus which is host to many varieties of flora and fauna including over 200 plant species including the majority of Hong Kong’s most common trees and many rare ones.