Harnessing Technology & Innovation

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Leigh & Orange Limited, the Student Residence Development at HKUST is inspired by the university’s mission to harness technology and innovation to solve critical global issues


Fact File
Client: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Location: Hong Kong, China
Area: Approx. 35,500 sq.m / 5-8 floors
Lead Architect: Leigh & Orange (L&O)
Design Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Status: Under Construction
Photo Credit: Visual Brick

Student Residence Development at HKUST

Located at the southeast of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus, the new building sits on a sloping site spanning approximately 25-metres of level difference from the base to the top. The building’s roof line has been designed as its primary circulation and incorporates shaded outdoor areas for students and staff.

Student Residence Development at HKUST

The design is elaborated by using digital design tools allowing simultaneous considerations of numerous site parameters including terrain levels, solar radiation, sightlines, and soil conditions that have defined the design’s optimal configuration and orientation. The digital encoding of the internal spaces allows layout tests to optimize functionality and adaptability, as well as accurate calculation of natural light levels.

Student Residence Development at HKUST

The halls of residence are organized in a hexagonal configuration creating four courtyards. With all rooms facing open spaces, the approximately 35,500 sq.m of accommodation includes communal areas for living, learning, and recreation.

Student Residence Development at HKUST

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Design Simulation have been adopted early on from the concept stage to optimize the effectiveness of design coordination and material selection.

Student Residence Development at HKUST

Following Hong Kong Government’s initiatives to increase build quality while also reducing construction time and waste, the building’s modular systems include pre-assembled façade units and washroom pods. The facade modules, which are clad in different colours of ceramic tiles, incorporate insulation and solar shading above the windows to maximise thermal comfort.