The University Activity Center at HKUST (GZ). Credit: TAL.

the KPF team with HKUST collaborators accepting the award.

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HKUST(GZ) Wins Two AIA Hong Kong Design Awards

The KPF-designed campus and student center were honored in the Urban Design and Architecture categories, respectively, in the Hong Kong chapter’s annual program.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Guangzhou earned two of the five awards given out in the Design Awards. Receiving a Merit Award for Urban Design, the full campus is carbon neutral ready and accommodates more than 10,000 students and faculty and a full range of university facilities. Organized around three canals, these waterways enforce the campus’ “zero water waste” goal, collecting and filtering rainwater for reuse and promoting resiliency through flooding and wetland protection.

Earning a Merit Award in the Architecture category, the University Activity Center is defined by its green roof and fluid form, referencing the rolling hills surrounding the original campus on Hong Kong Island. The building links the central campus with the residential neighborhood, creating an active interior thoroughfare comprised of commons, a flexible auditorium, and the Student Services program. The project won an American Architecture award last month.

The KPF team was joined by representatives from HKUST, ARUP, MVA, SM&W, and duttonBRAY, to accept the awards.

All projects submitted to the AIA Hong Kong Honors and Awards program in the Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, Open International, and Unbuilt categories are on display at The Rotunda in Exchange Square from December 5 to 14. The opening ceremony and winner announcement was held on December 4.