Eight Gates Pavilion

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Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR.
Client: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Service: Architecture, Landscape, Project Management
Status: Completed

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.

Alumni Landscape Garden

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Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR.
Client: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Service: Landscape, Project Management
Status: Completed

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.

Jinsha Bay Resort Masterplan

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Location: Yantai, China
Client: Realestate Department of Gome China Group
Service: Masterplan, Architecture, Landscape
Status: Completed

SKY YUTAKA were invited to participate in masterplan study for resort development organised by Real Estate arm of Gome Group in China, working with consultants including Dutch architectural firm MVRDV and CL3 from Hong Kong.

Located within densely planted pine forest along the coast and set against the back-drop of mountain, site for the Jinsha Bay Resort is characterised by the four distinctive elements of surrounding natural context; Sky, Mountain, Forest and Sea.

The proposal explored our perception of nature and link between cultural experience and how we perceive the landscape in Asia, which have gone through various transformations between the 8th century Tang dynasty era of classical garden tradition of pond and island types to the unique relationship between architecture and its external landscape in 16th century.

The aim of masterplan was to celebrate cultural perception of landscape in Asia and create planning framework that met client needs and financial development model while maintaining unique characteristic in response to the context and the site condition.