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2009 Honourable Mention

Academy of Visual Arts - Former Royal Air Force Officers' Mess

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The adaptation of the former Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess has transformed an abandoned colonial heritage landmark into the vibrant Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University. The restoration work has fully retained the building fabric and architectural character, displaying sensitivity to the original spatial configuration, various layers from the past and the hybrid tropical building typology which is common to the region. The reuse of the complex as studios and galleries has been well-chosen, making optimal use of the spacious interior spaces and enlivening them with student activities. The project sets a noteworthy model for recycling obsolete public buildings and demonstrates the viability of reusing historic military structures in a modern institutional context.