Atelier Nuno Architects Reimagines a Medical School as a “Learning Playground” in Hong Kong
March 25, 2020
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
“Designing for a school is also designing for the future of education,” explains Nuno Da Silva Tang, of Atelier Nuno Architects. The Hong Kong-based firm recently completed a new Lobby and Learning Commons for The University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (HKUMed). Tang noticed on a visit to the site, that the medical campus, which is located separately from the main HKU campus, lacked a dedicated space for the students to come together.
In Hong Kong, where there is a “constant struggle for space,” this element was all the more needed. For the lobby, a high-traffic area, the firm created a bright white interior inspired by the medical profession, with a wide, warm, wooden staircase that could also serve as a student-centered gathering hub for socializing. The design for the Learning Commons took its cues from microscopic photography and biomorphic forms. The resulting design is divided into visually-stimulating, interactive environments, each with its own distinctively colored zone where the students can comfortably meet, socialize, and study in style.