- Sophisticated geometric structure and irregular shape.
- Modular design creates flexibility for future changes.
- Computational modelling used to analyse structural elements.
The highly unusual crystal-shaped building is home to the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.
The nine-storey complex houses several bespoke facilities including moving image labs, classrooms, exhibition spaces and café, providing an inspiring environment for creativity rich in form, light and material.
Arup provided complete engineering services for this geometrically-challenging building, including structural, civil, geotechnical and building services engineering as well as information technology, façade, audio visual and acoustic design and fire engineering consultancy.
The structure is geometrically sophisticated, irregular in shape with mostly external inclined walls tied by floor structures to internal core walls for structural stability. Arup engineers used integrated computational modelling techniques to analyse all major structural elements and the overall stability, and developed a cost-effective structural solution that remains loyal to the architect’s intent.
Modular building elements
The building is designed to allow flexibility for future changes. More than 50% of the major building elements are modular and standardised designs including beams, columns, walls, slabs, doorsets, toilet cubicles, building envelope, and mechanical and electrical components. This significantly facilitated the fast-track construction programme.
The multimedia building has become a new landmark of Kowloon Tong and a part of the 'high-tech hub' with surrounding educational institutions. It will nurture students to pursue technological professionals and support the development of Hong Kong’s knowledge-based economy.