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.

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.