Eight Gates

Architecture and landscape design for a new pavilion structure set within CUHK’s 137.3 hectare campus and forming part of the Caring Alumni EcoCampus Trail; 900sqm semi-covered open space and pavilion comprises seating areas and small events space underneath canopy structure and landscape water feature, creating much needed additional amenity space for students and the university community.

The site occupying an open space between the two buildings, Sir Run Run Shaw Hall and Y.C. Liang Hall, the pavilion structure co-exists in unique closeness with the large existing Banyan tree, which over the years have become dominant feature of the site. Integrated lighting at the edge of the eight gated structure transform the appearance of the pavilion at night with vibrant purple hue which pay homage to the university identity.

Working with a certified arborist to develop a structural strategy to preserve the large Banyan tree, the project evolved through number of design iteration, including carefully hand digging trenches around the tree to survey its roots positions to finalise the structural footing. In essence, seemingly random composition of the final design geometry reflect the careful study and arrangement to allow the pavilion structure to be realised in close proximity to the existing tree while ensuring its preservation.


Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR
Scope: Architecture and Landscape, Concept Design to Construction including preparation of GBP submission materials and Detail Design Package for Tender and construction.
Project Team: Yutaka Yano, Sarah Lee, Hijiri Nagasawa, Shawwin Wu Yijun, Amber Shen Huijun, Ted Lam / Landes Ltd (Landscape Consultant and Certified Arborist), Miko Chan / Arthur Yung Associates and Company (AP, RSE, QS)
Award: a&d Award 2016 winner under best Landscape Project