The new campus of the French International School Hong Kong, a colourful, collaborative, multicultural learning environment, won four international awards in 2019, including an American Institute of Architects’ Sustainable Future Award.
With two distinct wings designed by architects Henning Larsen, the campus sets an example in sustainability. The building form and the façade designs are designed to respond to the local climate and to decrease energy consumption and increase occupant comfort by passive means. The windows are recessed and carefully oriented to minimize the effect of Hong Kong’s intense sub-tropical sunlight while allowing ample daylight into the building’s spaces using light reflection. The campus is optimized for natural airflow during the dry season, which helps reduce the accumulation of heat from the sun and therefore moderates the use of air conditioning.
Inhabit, an Egis company, was engaged as facade consultant by the client in order to assist the design team and client from the early design stage, to review shop drawings and monitor on site work. Prefabricated system in GRC and precast concrete were designed to ensure a good quality of fabrication and installation. Inhabit team early integration in the project allowed supporting the contractor all along the construction phase in a very constrained program.