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Conservation & Restoration of SKH Ming Hua Theological College, AMO Grade III Historical Building

This project is the restoration of the 110 years old Sheng Kung Hui’s Ming Hua Theological College, which is a Grade III Historical Building graded by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the HKSAR. It is the restoration of the Main Teaching Block and the Auditorium Block to meet the development needs of the Church. Rather than adding something fancy to the Complex, the project is about making good the structure and adding elements that highlight the structural beauty of the Complex.The College Complex of 2 levels is situated along a steep slope at Glenealy, Central. Teaching Block as the Main Body The main body of the College is where teachings and administrative support take place. Spaces for classrooms, chapel and conference room are redesigned and restructured for the best use of space. The veranda, windows, staircases, all the doors and the main entrance are totally revamped for the best aesthetics, comfort and practicality. Furnishings are all chosen to match with the historical architectural features of the Building.  Methodology and ApproachNo fancy architectural solutions were employed. Design styles and materials were chosen to fit for the project’s original style. It is as if using acrylic paint to restore a Picasso painting while Chinese ink is chosen to restore Zhang Daqian’s works.  Preservation of Historical ElementsAll major historical ornaments, motifs and features, such as the timber windows, veranda balustrades and the colour of the external facade, are restored to its original flavour after carefully studying relevant historical architectural literature. The railings along the verandas and the main entrance of the Main Block were chosen to match with the era the building is from. Practical ConcernsWaterproofing at the roof and reinforcement of the external façade were carried out as part of the restoration. The underground footing was also strengthened for the many more years to come in the future.  LightingConcealed lighting was employed to enhance the character and atmosphere without disturbing the original outlook and its unique style. Special antique style lamps were chosen at selected internal locations to match with the overall design.


An Adaptive Re-use Architectural Design to provide a new life to an existing architecture by reintroducing new functions and new elements to transform a "Re-birth" to the architecture in a Hyper-Density City.In a Hyper Density City like Hong Kong, there are no more lands to be build. Therefore the strategy of Re-Cycling the existing abandoned architecture by Re-introducing new functions and elements to Re-Create the Adaptive Re-Use is a MUST.Adaptive Re-Use in Architecture is a vague, premature topic in Hyper-Density City like Hong Kong, but is a kind of Sustainability and Adaptability in City Planning, thus is a hot topic of future vision of Architectural Development in populated Asian country.The entire Adaptive Re-use and it's alterations in Structure, Electrical & Mechanical, Architectural Dimensions and Ergonomics, New Functions & Circulation, as well as Interior Detailing & Lighting Designs are specifically designed for Functionality & Practicality in Human Body.The New Creative Media Centre for Youth is equipped with new functions like: Drop in Area / Video Hall / Souvenir Shop ; Multi-Function Rooms; Broadcasting Studio / Theatre / Lecture Halls; Drama Recording Rooms / Radio-Broadcasting Rooms; Computer Rooms / Cafeteria / Staff Rooms / Consultation Room

BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors LtdBARRIE HO Architecture Interiors (BHA), founded in 1999 by Barrie Ho MH, is a Registered Practice with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the Association of Architectural Practices, as well as in the Band 3 Architectural Consultant List (HKIA)(AAP) of the HKSAR Architectural Services Department, and an Institutional Member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council. BHA have won over 100 international design awards, including the prestigious HKSAR Quality Building Award 2012 & 2010 and Dubai Cityscape Architectural Design Award in 2008, in which BHA have become the first winning architectural design firm from Hong Kong to receive this supreme honour. United in the design philosophy of “Unification of Diversification”, BHA have completed a wide range of architectural projects, spanning from Institutional Architecture, Conservation and Restoration of Historical Architecture, Metropolitan Planning, Corporate Architecture, Hospitality Architecture, Residential Architecture, and so on.BHA have also collaborated with world renowned architecture firms including FOSTER + PARTNERS and ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS from the UK, OFFICE FOR METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE from Netherlands, Christian de Portzamparc, JAKOB + MACFARLANE & AS.Architecture-Studio from France. BHA is structured with a balanced “Creative-cum-Practical” management system, Mr. Barrie Ho MH, Founder & Director, is the mastermind heads the Creative and Design forces of all architectural projects, while Ms. Angie Pi, Director of Architecture, who is the Authorized Person (Architect) will in charge of all Statutory Submissions and Contract Administration of projects. Though BHA is equipped with a strong “Architecture Team”, the “Adaptive-Reuse, Alteration & Additions Works” or “Renovation” project require in-depth detail designs, not only the External Building Envelope, but also the detail interiors. BHA also equips with a strong Interior Team to support the detail designs. In order to maintain a balanced “Creative-cum-Practical” management, BHA also equips a strong Technical Team to ensure all “Creative & Original” design ideas created by Mr. Barrie Ho MH will be buildable and achievable. Lastly, the BHA Administration Team will facilitate and ensure a smooth Project Procurement and administration throughout the Design & Construction process.Founder and Director Barrie Ho MH is currently appointed by the CE of HKSAR as Member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA), Member of the Tender Committee, HKHA, Member of the Commercial Properties Committee, HKHA (2012-2014), and appointed by the HKSAR Development Bureau as Member of the Old Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee of the Urban Renewal Authority(2000-2012). Also, Ho is the Founder and Chairman of the Hong Kong Architectural Design Union, Member of the Hong Kong Design Institute Advisory Board of The Hong Kong Design Institute, Vocational Training Council, Chairman of The HKDI International Architectural Design Competition, Executive Committee Members of The Association of Architectural Practices 2010-2012., Founding Member of Hong Kong Professional and Senior Executive Association, Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong Guangxi Association of Professional, and Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Real Estate.BARRIE HO Architecture have a lot of cultural projects closely in response to HKSAR government policies, such as revitalization of historical architecture, wholesale conversion of industrial buildings, proposals to government for large scale centralized columbaria and necrotecture, and participation in the West Kowloon Cultural District public consultations, etc.

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