Renovation of the Lobby of HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine by Atelier Nuno Architects

Embracing ordinary materials in a project for a medical-school renovation.

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目标 | Intention


When we were commissioned to renovate the main lobby of the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, we saw an opportunity to bring people together on campus and to encourage new ways of relating to the environment, inside and out.

▼大堂空间概览,lobby interior view ©Edmon Leong


The medical building is located on a tree-lined hillside beyond the dense landscape of high-rises that defines much of Hong Kong, and its west-facing windows introduce abundant sunlight. We approached the project by conceiving of a space that is meant to be experienced simultaneously with its surroundings.

▼一个可以体验周围环境的空间,a space that is meant to be experienced simultaneously with its surroundings ©Edmon Leong


设计 | Design


▼剖面图和天花板细部轴测图,section & Axonometric Ceiling Detail ©Atelier Nuno Architects

We were drawn to a white finish for the interior, both for white’s association with the medical profession and as a way to foreground the natural setting. We wanted to catch the light with a design that fills the space and that engages with the human scale. The walls are cladded in white-painted curved plywood, and 0.8-millimeter-thick white powder-coated perforated aluminum panels are suspended from a structural frame on the ceiling. Light permeates the panels, drawing attention to changes over the course of the day. The metal volumes appear both white and solid, and both dark and transparent, filtering light together with the neighboring trees. The LED light tubes above the metal volumes negotiate with the natural light. As the sun sets, the lights glow more warmly, gradually intensifying and ultimately dominating the space.

▼天花板悬挂着0.8毫米厚的白色粉末涂层穿孔铝板,0.8-millimeter-thick white powder-coated perforated aluminum panels are suspended from a structural frame on the ceiling ©Edmon Leong

▼墙壁由白色的弧形胶合板覆盖,the walls are cladded in white-painted curved plywood ©Edmon Leong


Rather than seeking to maximize height in the lobby, we created large, billowing forms that open downward. In the 6-meter-tall foyer, we dropped the ceiling height to 2.05 meters, offering a moment to engage closely with the contained light. To slow down this high-traffic space, we introduced a wooden stepped platform that also encourages social interaction.

▼天花板的高度降低至2.05米, the ceiling height is dropped to 2.05 meters ©Edmon Leong

▼从阶梯平台望向天花板,view to the ceiling from the upper platform ©Edmon Leong

▼楼梯,stair ©Edmon Leong

▼天花板视角,ceiling view ©Edmon Leong


Through the changing light and the shifting qualities in the materials that the light introduces, students can experience seasonal change intimately, in a space they interact with every day.

▼互动的空间里充斥着变化的光线,an interactive space filled with changing light ©Edmon Leong


我们的信念 | Our philosophy


▼装置细部,detailed view ©Edmon Leong

Choosing ordinary materials was our most important consideration. In Hong Kong, luxury materials are typically celebrated, while more modest alternatives often go overlooked. White-painted finishes and perforated aluminum panels can be found in familiar spaces such as bus stops and underground rail stations; the commercial white paint used for the walls of the lobby also predominates elsewhere on campus. The prominent position of these ordinary materials in the lobby is meant to emphasize the possibilities of the everyday and, in an academic context, to suggest that all students have the means to succeed.

▼光影,light and shadow ©Edmon Leong

▼穿孔铝板细部, perforated aluminum panels ©Edmon Leong

▼平面图,plan ©Atelier Nuno Architects

▼天花板平面图,ceiling plan ©Atelier Nuno Architects

▼剖面图,section ©Atelier Nuno Architects

灯光顾问:Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants
摄影师:Edmon Leong

Project Name: The University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Lobby
Gross Built Area: 3000sqft
Consultants: Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants
Photo credits: Edmon Leong

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