Eight Gates Pavilion

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Eight Gates Pavilion
Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR.
Client: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Service: Architecture, Landscape, Project Management
Status: Completed
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Hijiri Nagasawa, Amber Shen Huijun

Commissioned by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK”), the Eight Gates Pavilion is a new landmark located between the buildings Sir Run Run Shaw Hall and Y.C. Liang Hall of the Central Campus of CUHK.  A multi-purpose outdoor auditorium for a variety of events, the pavilion is set against a hillside of lush greenery which still bears traces of its former use as a quarry, and comprises an articulated canopy structure and landscape water feature, creating a new public space for students and the university community.

The pavilion design respects the existing context, working with a certified arborist to preserve an existing banyan tree which has, over the years, become the dominant feature of its immediate surroundings. Designed to harmonise with the natural environment, the new structure is a welcome addition to the university’s existing diversity of landscape, respecting both the need to retain the location’s outstanding natural features as well as the need to create a new type of public space for CUHK’s thriving academic community.

Hotel Retreat in Thiruvananthapuram

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Hotel Retreat in Thiruvananthapuram
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, South India
Service: Architecture
Status: Design Research
Winner RIBA Bronze Medal and Sergeant Drawing Prize

Concept design study for a Hotel proposal in city of Thiruvananthapuram, South India, located between busy road junctions connected to local Airport and beach. The area will be developed into new tourist destination in Southern India, with surge of increase in foreign tourists, following the introduction of direct flights from major cities.

The proposal was created while conducting design research at University College London; The architectural strategy integrates innovative microclimate control system resulted in receiving the prestigious Bronze Medal and Sergeant Drawing Prize by Royal Institute of British Architects.

Working with the residents and local fabricator, life-size mock-up of design prototype, the wind sculpture canopy was built locally and installed on the beach for testing and design development.

Living Tower

 

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Living Tower
Location: Hong Kong SAR.
Client / Organiser: HKIABF
Status: Exhibition proposal as part of the 16th Venice Biennale international Architecture, Hong Kong Pavilion
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Gloria Chui Ying Ha

Living Tower is conceptual design study for mixed-use tower in Hong Kong that re-imagines the building which can also act as a useful urban infrastructure. It is attempt to envision a tower typology that improves and contributes to city living: Faced with a future of increasingly challenges on climate and natural resource, the tower integrates renewable energy sources through self-generating building of photovoltaics, design of the tower imagines use of intelligent skin that can self-regulate it’s micro environment, harvest water, and allow for vertical greening, and small scale urban farming at the podium level which provides ingredients for communal restaurants at street level.

The proposal form part of a group effort by various of architects representing Hong Kong which are on display at the Hong Kong Pavillion in 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale. The overall exhibition attempt to create collective expression of future tower typology where the architecture meets with diverse range of challenges to improve the quality of city life. 

Architecture of Shade

Architecture of Shade
Location: Playground
Client / Organiser: Education of Health Authority UK
Status: Design research for competition proposal
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee

The design research project in response to concerns over growing number of people each year affected by Skin Cancer in UK, the kinetic canopy structure were designed and proposed for children’s playground to promote awareness to danger of the Sun. The kinetic structure, with use of counter balance mechanism, allows the canopy to open and close with minimum amount of energy. Integrated photovoltaic panel powers the motor controlling the counter weight mechanism. The structure actively responds with the solar energy, opening to protect the space below through which the layering of the leaves allows dense shading (protection) or minimal protection.