Zaha Hadid Architects Creates Brutalist-Meets-Futuristic Student Housing in Hong Kong

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This might be the most high-design campus ever.

Zaha Hadid Architects is known for creating some of the most stunning modern buildings globally, including the Serpentine Gallery and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But one lucky college campus is about to experience the firm's award-winning expertise. Renderings for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Student Residence Development were just revealed, showing a modern multi-level structure built into the steep hillside. 

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The new residence halls will be configured in a hexagonal pattern that creates four courtyards terraced into a steeply sloped site. This allows for all rooms to face open spaces and provide quieter spaces for solace. The building's roof line's design creates shaded outdoor areas and a unique rooftop walkway that connects the academic blocks of the north campus to the residential blocks of the south. Not only does this act as a standout architectural feature, but it also means students will no longer need to traverse the hilly terrain to get to and from class.

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The interior design is equally unique. The dorms are arranged into clusters composed of shared living space and bedrooms, where 18 to 36 students could share a single apartment. The "V" clusters, for example, house 36 students thanks to the split-level design, double-height living space, study lounge on the upper floor, and dining-kitchen area on the lower level. And the "Linear" cluster features an open plan living/dining area that can be subdivided by partitions and house 18 students. 

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Of course, sustainability is always essential to the firm. The design also includes capabilities like harnessing renewable energy and reducing energy through a centralized smart system. This is also in accordance with the university's commitment to transforming its Clear Water Bay campus to carbon-neutral operations.

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When the project is complete in 2023, 1,500 students will get to live in the modern masterpiece.