Innovating educational design: A multi-functional campus adapt to students’ needs

Sep 2018




Campus design plays a key role in creating an effective learning environment for our next generation. With many years of experience in designing education institutions, P&T Group has adopted the latest design elements in response to Hong Kong’s increasing number of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, which encourage proactive exploration in collaborative learning, community caring, and intellectual and emotional development. Set to open last month, Malvern College Hong Kong, a P&T project, provides students with a multi-functional campus that maximises the use of space through a vertically conceptualised design. The versatile space enhances students' physical and mental wellbeing, while fostering interpersonal communication and providing a learning environment adaptable to students’ needs.



Multi-functional campus allows students to realise their potential


The IB curriculum encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in all aspects. To meet learning needs in a limited space, P&T designed a multi-purpose grass field on the roof, and a multi-level building encompassing an indoor sports hall, a 25-metre standard swimming pool, an open-plan library, an assembly hall, music rooms and a dance studio. The design encourages students to enjoy both physical and sedentary activities in a high-quality space.


P&T Group has turned Malvern College Hong Kong into a multi-functional campus


Multi-purpose grass field on the roof


Dance studio


Spacious design enhances students’ physical and mental wellbeing


Wall-less design is widely adopted throughout the campus to encourage students to make full use of the spacious learning environment. Students can open glass curtain walls and extra-large, double-leaf doors between classrooms and corridors to enable group study and class activities, while an open-plan library in the atrium can be seen from the hallways outside the classrooms. Joel Chan, Director of P&T Group, believes that the open-plan design not only maximises the use of space, but also allows a spatial environment for indoor activities bringing students from different classes together, as well as to meet students’ growing needs to be seen and valued. "The school suggested the concept of ‘passive surveillance’,” Chan said, “which aims at designing a highly visible area to bring students an open, transparent, and joyful learning environment."


Wall-less design is widely adopted throughout the campus 


Co-creating a unique learning environment using information software


P&T Group worked closely with the school during the design process, ensuring the best possible outcome. By using Building Information Modeling(BIM) via the Cloud, the Group shared a 3D design model with the school to facilitate close discussion of each design detail to create the best learning environment. In 2016, the Group was awarded the Autodesk Hong Kong Building Information Modelling Award and the buildingSMART Building Information Modelling Award, recognition of P&T’s dedication to remaining at the forefront of building technology.