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HKAC Archi-Talk & Walk: Adaptive Reuse on Historic Building: “Treehouse of Knowledge; The University of Chicago”

The Former Victoria Road Detention Centre on Mount Davis (known as “White House”) has been transformed into a new Asian hub for The University of Chicago’s renowned Booth School of Business — The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus. The site contains Grade 3 Historic Buildings, which were originally part of the Jubilee Battery, later converted to become th British Army Royal Engineer’s Officers’ Mess and Quarters, and thereafter, the Special Branch of the Hong Kong Police Force’s Detention Centre. Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Revival Heritage Consultants Ltd were engaged as Project Architect and Heritage Consultant, respectively, to revitalise the historic site. A “Treehouse of Knowledge” design concept was deployed, which superimposes a ribbon-shaped new building that floats above the contours of the site but integrated with the heritage buildings, touching them only at points of least intrusion, and creating spaces for unique experiences and interaction among people, history and nature.

During the tour, Mr. Gavin Tun, Architects Earle Briggs, Architect Kwan Lam and Conservation Architect May Ho will expand on this and talk about the project’s background and how the revitalisation project was completed. Do not miss this if you wish to learn more about it.

Mr Gavin Tun, Executive Project Director of The University of Chicago Hong Kong Centre
Mr Earle Briggs, Director of Revery Architecture
Architect Kwan Lam, Senior Architect of Revery Architecture
Conservation Architect May Ho, Director of Revival Heritage Consultants Ltd

Architect Tony Lam, HKAC Archi-Talk Committee Chair

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis, Hong Kong


HK$180 (HKAC member) / HK$250 (non-member)

50 (First-come, first-served. Priority will be given to HKAC members)