The Francis and Rose Yuen Center in Hong Kong, a hub for education, research and collaboration, is designed by internationally renowned Bing Thom Architects. Construction started in late June of 2016. The hillside site was originally part of the Jubilee Battery in the late 1930s to 1940s, then a British Army Royal Engineers’ Mess and Quarters in the 1950s, and later a detention center. The design includes adaptive reuse of key heritage buildings which will weave the Yuen Center into the contours of Mount Davis, suspending it above the historical site nd touching down only at points of least intrusion. The design includes adaptive reuse of key heritage buildings as part of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Heritage Preservation Project. The public will be able to attend tours and exhibitions highlighting the history of the site and have access to hiking trails.
“The Yuen Center provides the University a strong connection to Hong Kong, its heritage and its citizens. We envision the center as a destination for learning and collaboration between the University and a wide array of institutions in Hong Kong and the region,” said Ka Yee Lee, professor of chemistry and senior associate vice president for research, who chairs the faculty advisory board of the center.