The Hong Kong Architectural Services Department has recently turned an unused car park into a stunning education center in the city. The Community Green Station puts into practice their ‘reduction first’ waste management strategy with this cool, open-plan and modular building built from containers and salvaged materials. In a contemporary Chinese style, the architects mixed the industrial look with natural bamboo screens, which look amazing and fills each space with natural light and breezes.
The Community Green Station in Sha Tin was built as a temporary shelter to house exhibitions and workshops that promote the importance of recycling. It consists of a cluster of closed, opened and semi-opened spaces built in a modular, flexible and prefab way. Its Oriental-style, green garden courtyards, open-plan pavilions and sheltered verandas bring people together and also create a breezy oasis within the heart of an industrial area.
The stunning eco aesthetics where achieved by the mix of black-painted containers, recycled tiles and paving blocks, recycled cardboard furniture and fast growing bamboo cane screens. This not only creates a contemporary look with a vernacular edge, but also brings in plenty of sunshine and fresh air to the spaces as well as avoiding the need for air-conditioning in the hot, humid area. While during cold weather, the more private rooms like the office and multi-purpose area will stay warm thanks to a low-e (low-emissivity) glazing that prevents the heat escaping to the cold outdoors.
Photos by Courtesy of Architectural Services Department