The University of Chicago has selected Bing Thom Architects
to design a new center in Hong Kong that will house the Chicago Booth Asia Executive MBA Program and other programs. The school will be located on a heritage site that was a military encampment for the British Army in the 1940s and later a detention center.
“It is a beautiful and unusually challenging site—a unique oasis with the dense urban fabric of Hong Kong,” Bing Thom said in a statement. “The richness of this site comes not just from its physical and natural beauty, but also from its past uses. The design must show a deep appreciation for the remnants and rooted memories of that history.”
The firm was selected from a pool of 11 other architecture practices. “With a breadth of experience in designing award-winning cultural and institutional projects worldwide, including Hong Kong, Bing Thom has a particular understanding of the local culture and history of the site,” said Sunil Kumar, dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “We are confident that Bing Thom will design a world-class, iconic and truly functional building.”
Construction on the new center is scheduled to begin October 2014.