PBCV Learning Center
Hong Kong 2017
"Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and inform our lives." Joseph Beuys
This project focuses on the design of a small Learning Centre for the Sisters of the Precious Blood Community in the New Territories, Hong Kong. Students will develop a design for a 200m² education facility in a vacant plot adjacent to the Sister’s complex.
Architecture is fundamentally connected to building. Students seldom, during the course of their studies, design projects that get built; however when confronted with the realities of construction, the architect is challenged with issues that go beyond aesthetics and functionality. Faced with the prospect of building, a new set of parameters enter the equation: considerations relating to feasibility, phasing, access, availability, cost, contingencies and most importantly collaboration play a crucial role in the implementation of a design.
Team work is an essential part of the architectural process, during this course students will collaboratively prepare a construction documentation set for a small educational building. The new Learning Centre will be a sustainable building where young girls can learn and gain knowledge about ecological and social issues. It is part of a masterplan for a bigger site accommodating a residential block, a spiritual garden and an urban farm.