Lady Shaw Roof Garden

 

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Lady Shaw Roof Garden

Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR.
Client: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Service: Architecture, Landscape
Status: On-going
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Hijiri Nagasawa, Deedee Pun Tik Chung

SKY YUTAKA were selected to design as architect and landscape designers for the new landscape for the roof of the Lady Shaw building in the Campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Careful planning of landscape elements which frame the backdrop of the natural scenery within the New Territories encourage more rooftop usage and introducing zones for seating and gathering linked by a meandering pathway surrounded by greening, hardscape and carefully selected planting species.

Working within limitations of existing loading capacity, we were challenged to develop a design which would provide much needed addition of amenity space for the university facilities, promoting linkage in the campus and re-inforce the university identity.

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.

Borrowed Nature

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Borrowed Nature
Location: Shenzhen
Client: Design Society
Service: Landscape and Art, Installation, Design and Fabrication
Status: Completed
Project Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Roy Ip Tsz Wan, Allan Au, Wing Kiu Lau, Dorothy Kan Kin Leung
Supporting Organisation: This project was realised with kind support from Design Trust and Marisa Yiu

Borrowed Nature is art installation commissioned by Design Society which opened on 1st December 2017 as part of the inaugural ‘Minding The Digital’ exhibition in the Main Gallery.

It is the latest development in our studio research and ongoing exploration in kinetic structures which has been refined and developed in the studio.

In the Digital Encounter zone, Borrowed Nature is part of the exploration of how human and machines intelligence meet in design, and to question where human values such as connections to traditions, craftsmanship and the environment will be integrated in the future.

The exhibition is designed by MVRDV and considers the myriad forms of digital creativities critical to China’s shift from a historic manufacturing centre to its current reinvention as an innovative hub.

Accompanying the exhibition is Minding the Digital’ publication designed by Studio Thonik, edited by Design Society and published by Tongji University Press which features our essay ‘Interpreting Landscape in the Digital Era’.

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Jinsha Bay Resort Masterplan

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Jinsha Bay Resort Masterplan
Location: Yantai, China
Client: Realestate Department of Gome China Group
Service: Masterplan, Architecture, Landscape
Status: Completed
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Hijiri Nagasawa, Shawwin Wu Yijun

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.

Alumni Landscape Garden

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