项目名称 Project Name： 狭缝中的音乐厅：扩建九龙塘宣道小学 /A Wallflower Music Hall : Alliance Primary School Extension
参展机构 Company : 元新建城建筑师事务有限公司/ Groundwork Architects & Associates Limited
客户 Client ： 九龙塘宣道小学/ Alliance Primary School Kowloon Tong
创作年份 Year ： 2020
设计师 Designer ： Krystal Lung, Jonathan Lau, Clarissa Chau, Tiffany Chin, Lawrence Law, Echo Xiang, Enoch Chu. Howard Au, 刘振宇/CY Lau, 阮文韬/Manfred Yuen
摄影 Photographer ： 鲍静/Fiona Bao
文案 Copywriter ： 阮文韬 /Manfred Yuen, 鲍静/Fiona Bao, Janet Wong
Addressing a pedagogical evolution
Groundwork’s co-founder, Manfred Yuen was educated in an all-boys catholic school back in the 1980s: a brutalist, cold, sleek, and deadly efficient school. There was an elevated platform in the courtyard, where the principal may stand above everyone to spot any mischievous deeds during assemblies and recesses. Back then, schools stood for disciplines, not happiness.
A small crack for a “wall flower” extension
The Alliance Primary School (APS) was built in 1992. Hong Kong buildings are infamously densely built and schools like APS are no different. it followed a hall-mark school typology back-then: a multi-storied building where only a courtyard served as its aperture for sunlight.
APS felt that music is integral for children’s development and it has been a cradle for young musicians and it has a great student orchestra. Yet, APS never had a dedicated rehearsal space.
Perhaps our interventions for APS may signify how education in the 21st Century may have evolved.
Problem Statement and Project Solution
Two birds, one stone
The only outdoor space for the school will be its courtyard, which is around 200 sq.m, it was also where we would build over with the music hall. We do not wish to sacrifice this precious out-door space. Thus, we hovered the music hall above the courtyard, which would retain the courtyard space by converting it into a semi-outdoor auditorium and playground area, hence gaining a music hall.
Massing, structure and acoustics challenges
At first, we wish to build with glass, so that sunlight may still reach the classrooms in the existing building. Glass is not acoustically favoured for a music hall, so we must explore alternatives. Eventually, we have landed on a steel cladding/steel structure option. But if we build an opaque steel box abutting the existing school, the structure will be overpowering for the existing building.
BIM and computational design enabled us to build an irregular steel structure where its gently curved surfaces may glide against the existing building with grace.
Creation Process & Result
Creating a multi-sensory environment
The two structures - the new and the old, the curved and the rigid – are in dialogues with each other, while the gaps between the two contrasting structures would allow sunlight, wind and even rain to season the school.
Turning the rooftop into an “artificial nature”
The rooftop was designed to be beautiful too, so that it may serve as an “artificially natural” landscape that would ritualize the extension without comprising their overall aesthetics. Sometimes, some contrasts are good; some rebellious designs are good.
The music hall interiors are lined with acoustic panels that are overlaid by semi-transparent chiffon. The chiffons would veil the acoustic panels underneath.
It has been a few months since the music hall starts to operate and we have fortunate to witness its actions. We see children playing “tag” (chasing game) even over in a rainy day underneath the music hall. We see children inventing new games over the new floor patterns that we have designed.
How does the project reflect the exhibition theme "Cultural Bay Area • Humanistic Design"?
Our work as architects should not longer be limited to the physical manifestation of architecture. It is our responsibility to promote the humanistic architecture to the general public of the Greater Bay Area while it is experiencing rapid growth.
Manfred Yuen used the analogy of Architecture and aquarium in his TED talk to describe the relationship between architecture and the users. If we treat an aquarium as a building, we are living inside just like the fish. What’s matter to the fish is not the beautifully crafted aquarium, but the water inside. The fish tank is visible, but the water is invisible. The water, is the sensory that is often overlooked apart from our vision. It is the real experience, emotion and relationships that people establish with other people and things. These invisible interactions make architecture lively and interesting.
In our design process, we wanted to create better “water”for the children. We tried to understand what do they want and need, and create unlimited possibilities out of limited space.