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Department of Architecture
University of Hong Kong
o 9 APN 1998
Thesis Project 1997/98:
Transformation and Redevelopment of
The HK Anglican Church Headquarters
Mok Kai Wa Andy
History and Theory
Christianity played a very important role in westem world in the past. Churches and cathedrals often formed the peak of an age's architectural output. They have been expressing themselves as identitiable visual symbols predominating over the cityscape. Since the Enlightenment, the attitude of the general world towards religion has changed a lot. Churches and cathedrals are no longer the most predominating pieces as in past and their meaning has also been challenged. What is the value of them in the present world?
The Anglican Church of Hong Kong & Macao has been serving our society since 1842. With the changes of Hong Kong, renewal of the Anglican Church to a more active role in the society calls for a growing complexity in function, informality and stronger sense of community.
Bishop Hill is really a piece of rare greenery in the CBD. This design thesis calls for a reconfiguration and transformation of a place for "church" that comprised with a retreat, a church, a seminary, offices for the Anglican Church, guesthouses and communal facilities in the midst of the mundane in order to reintroduce the dignity of God through architecture and to create a peaceful atmosphere for Christian in such a busy city. Besides, it also reconsiders the historical significance of the site, Bishop's House and St. Paul's Church in a respectful way. Such church complex would definitely gives a new interpretation of Christianity to our society.
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Department of Architecture University of Hong Kong
Thesis Project 1997�8
Bishop Hill -
Transformation and Redevelopment of The 11K Anglican Church Headquarters
Perception of Space: Tranq uillity in Architecture
Special Study Report
Mok Kai Wa, Andy 9219357
History and Theory 7-4-1998
o 7 APR ma
"The descent into oneself can inspire a need to communicate discoveries made in solitude: the private reflection provokes the public action." I
There is full of mundane tasks from which we must free ourselves and take a rest peacefully. Our lives are loaded with lot of devices, which distract our attentions and flatter our desires, rerouting them to specious commercial ends. The question of "what's essential" is muddled by the modern commercial existence. As the technology means multiply, are we growing perceptually? We all live in constructed space surrounded by physical objects, but born into this world of things, are we really able to experience fully the phenomena of their interrelations, to attain the serenity and joy form our perception?
1 Steven HolI, p40, "Questions of Perception", Questions of Perception, a+u Publishing Co. Ltd., 1994
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