The Shaw Auditorium at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) opens its doors on 17 November in a grand opening ceremony celebrating HKUST’s thirtieth anniversary, with a special performance by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The building, designed by Henning Larsen, combines a highly flexible, acoustically sophisticated auditorium with bright, generous social spaces – together, these provide a ‘living room’ for the campus community and a world-class venue for Hong Kong.
▼项目概览，Overall view © Kris Provoost
The design is an inventive response to a diverse mix of uses; an open, elevated site; and, the sub-tropical Hong Kong climate. The auditorium stands on the hillside in the south of HKUST’s Clear Water Bay campus, surrounded by orthogonal buildings: its bold curved form stands out to signal the artistic and cultural activities within.
▼礼堂坐落在香港科技大学清水湾校区南部的山坡上，The auditorium stands on the hillside in the south of HKUST’s Clear Water Bay campus © Kris Provoost
▼建筑外观，Exterior view © Kris Provoost
The circular building appears as three concentric white rings, interspersed with glazing to reveal panoramic views of Sai Kung Bay. The building has no front or back – it is open and welcoming on all sides.
▼礼堂在各个方向上开放，The building is open and welcoming on all sides © Kris Provoost
▼白色的同心圆环中间穿插着玻璃墙面 © Kris Provoost
The building appears as Three concentric white rings, interspersed with glazing
Designed to be full of life during the day and at night, its comfortable lobbies, café, classrooms and circulation spaces are conceived as an informal social focus for the campus, where students can meet, study and relax. In this way, the Shaw Auditorium is more than a special destination for major events – it is part of the everyday life of the campus community.
▼礼堂充当非正式的校园社交点，An informal social focus for the campus © Kris Provoost
▼礼堂大厅，Auditorium lobby © Kris Provoost
HKUST is globally renowned for innovation, and the auditorium reflects this in its resolution of technical challenges and inventive use of space. The venue can be adapted to accommodate a wide range of events, from a live orchestra to amplified concerts, talks, gala dinners and exhibitions. A proscenium can be lowered to frame the stage for theatre and ballet; and the rectilinear plan brings the audience close to the performers, creating an intimate atmosphere and optimising acoustics. The raked seating can be configured to fit 840 or 1,300 seats, or stored to provide an open surface for conferences, open days and exhibitions. Its curved walls can also function as a 360-degree projection screen, enabling immersive audio-visual experiences.
▼礼堂内部，Interior view © Kris Provoost
▼音乐会&会议模式示意图，Concert & conference mode © Henning Larsen
The Shaw Auditorium stands at the gateway to the campus, between the academic faculties and neighbouring community – the venue connects the university with its surroundings through the arts, its elliptical form directing a natural pedestrian flow. Visitors are shaded and sheltered from the rain by the building’s deep cantilevers, which draw on the vernacular colonnades and canopies of Hong Kong’s traditional architecture. This passive shading is part of a BEAM Platinum environmental strategy – an impressive achievement for a performance venue, given the fluctuating patterns of use and cooling demands. Measures include a district cooling system, photovoltaic panels over more than half the roof, a highly efficient façade, lighting control and brushless DC motors fan coil units. A smart ventilation Aircuity System also monitors the indoor air quality to ensure sufficient fresh air, using precision sensors to save energy. Acoustic separation, anti-vibration and noise control measures are in place for all building services equipment. The outer wall of the auditorium is clad in bamboo from a renewable supply, mineral paint has been specified for the white façade and Norwegian wool is used in the acoustic panels.
▼从外部望向大厅，View towards the lobby from outside © Kris Provoost
▼建筑夜间外观，Exterior view by night © Kris Provoost
Henning Larsen合伙人兼设计总监Claude Godefroy表示：“该项目应对了功能性和象征性的双重挑战。礼堂必须容纳从音乐会到盛大晚宴等所有不同的活动，并且需要在任何情况下保持完美的声学效果，如此说来，它是一个真正灵活的’白盒子’空间。建筑还需要彰显其作为校园文化和艺术生活中心的身份，同时对气候环境做出适当的反应——体现在其为行人提供荫蔽的深悬臂，以及竹子的使用等方面。礼堂在首次迎接学生与嘉宾时便焕发出生命力，我们为以上所有目标的实现感到由衷自豪。”
“The challenges of the project were functional and symbolic. The auditorium had to accommodate all these different activities, from seated concerts to gala dinners, and the acoustics had to be pitch-perfect each time. In that sense, it’s a really flexible ‘white box’ space. The architecture also had to express its role as the heart of the cultural and artistic life of the campus. Finally, there’s the climatic response – the deep overhangs, which shelter pedestrians, the use of bamboo. We’re proud to see these all come together, and see the auditorium come to life as it welcomes its first students and guests.” Claude Godefroy, Partner and Design Director
▼整体鸟瞰，Aerial overall view © Kris Provoost
▼多种使用模式示意，Multiple modes of using © Henning Larsen
▼场地平面图，Site plan © Henning Larsen
▼首层平面图，Plan – Ground floor © Henning Larsen
▼二层平面图，Plan – First floor © Henning Larsen
▼三层平面图，Plan – Second floor © Henning Larsen
▼剖面图AA，Section AA © Henning Larsen
▼剖面图BB，Section BB © Henning Larsen
逸夫礼堂项目由Henning Larsen与Wong Tung and Partners、WSP Hong Kong、Theatreplan、Marshall Day Acoustics、URBIS、Inhabit、CTA和RLB合作完成。
Henning Larsen designed The Shaw Auditorium in close collaboration with Wong Tung and Partners, WSP Hong Kong, Theatreplan, Marshall Day Acoustics, URBIS, Inhabit, CTA and RLB.
Client and Address:
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong’
Construction period: 2019-2021
GFA: 12,800 m2
Lead Consultant and Design Architect: Henning Larsen
Executive Architect: Wong Tung and Partners
Structural Engineer: WSP Hong Kong
MEP Engineer: WSP Hong Kong
Environmental, (BEAM+) cons: WSP Hong Kong
Room and Building Acoustics: Marshall Day Acoustics Hong Kong
Building Acoustics: WSP Hong Kong
Theatre consultant: Theatreplan, UK
Landscape: URBIS, Hong Kong
Façade consultant: Inhabit, Hong Kong
Lighting Designer: Inhabit, Hong Kong
Traffic consultant: CTA, Hong Kong
Photography: Kris Provoost
Visualisations: Henning Larsen