This design is a test piece of architecture that tries to push the conventional norm of limiting humanitarian aspects to a sufficient point. This test piece simulates an ideal ecosystem whereby the architecture is synthesized from a set of parameters, which are filtered through analysis in order to produce initial parti’s that base our form and massing progressions. Throughout the process of visiting the site, and consolidating a set of considerations and conclusions, it could be argued that an open library is fitting for the new development of San Po Kong. With its roots heavily embedded within cultural arts, an open library serves as a mix of ecosystem, public playground and a grand book-crossing (漂 書)station that facilitates networking between generations, as well as reinvigorates the traditional tactile relationships with people and literature. Through the development of the open library as an ecosystem, the core parti is to respond to the context whereby the garden is the epitome of the site; featuring curves and circulation that would be then brought up to the simulative architecture. This idea of ‘extending’ the garden continues to the 2/F, which overlooks the open library podium through a series of voids, allowing ample light to not only condition books, but also provide a naturally lit space to simulate the habitat. Furthermore, trees and greenery are largely untouched, and further encouraged through a greenhouse and several glasshouses that also facilitate the air quality and growth of plant species – creating a multitude of “habitats” within one unified “ecosystem”.
In addition to the core parti and the response to contextual analysis; it is structurally respecting the site. The concrete towers that serve as cantilever cores would be mounted on the stone cylinders that pre-exist before the development, from which the materiality extends upwards to further emphasize the idea of preservation and ecology. Finally, the roof represents the peak of the simulative environment; encouraging sports with a roundabout track around a multi-purpose amphitheater, looking out onto choi hung road.
Specially designed “winter gardens” are balconies existing as a corridor between 2 layers; serving as not only observatory spaces in convenience but also private reading zones which create zoning for different groups of readers. These gardens circulate throughout the 2/F.
In a nutshell, The Choi Hung Road Open Library takes a thoughtful approach to preserving the existing elements of the garden(岩), integrating them seamlessly into a modern design(築). Fountain, flying bridges, orange brick pavilion and stone stairs are all celebrated features that have been incorporated into the new design. Two of the highest points of the old garden have been transformed into a structure on the ground level, adding to the architectural interest of the space. The design also creates a clear hierarchy, with the public programs situated on the ground level and the private programs located on the higher levels. This creates a sense of privacy and seclusion in the upper levels, while also providing a connection to the natural elements of the garden.