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OMA lands international comp for new Hong Kong campus

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and locals Leigh & Orange Architects have bagged the contest to design a new campus for Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong.

The 28,000m² project will house facilities for three faculties – arts, science and engineering and business – and will contain 10 departments and two research centres.

The design team, led by OMA partner Rem Koolhaas with the Hong Kong’s offices head David Gianotten, won out over eight other submissions by international practices.

OMA said the Chu Hai College selection committee chose its design because it provided ‘a strong visual identity for the college, flexibility in use and an environment conducive for multidisciplinary education’.

The team’s design for the campus will retain several of the original British army buildings on the site which will be used for accommodation, a student union and canteen facilities.

‘OMA’s design for the new campus features both pure geometric forms with the two slabs…and subtlety and intricacy with the mat that connects them,’ said Gianotten. ‘We aimed to create a sustainable, integrated, and open platform for the future of Chu Hai College.’

OMA Asia (Hong Kong), which opened its doors last year, will effectively deliver the project.

The office is also working on a conceptual plan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, design development of the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, construction of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the interior design of the Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong.

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