Located near Che Kung Temple Station in Shatin, the Sports Centre is backed by a hill with tranquil natural setting. This is a place of mediation between adjacent rural villages and dense public housing estates, a meeting place for villagers and urban dwellers. It serves as the gateway leading to the Feng Shui hill behind, which is spiritually significant to the villagers living nearby.
Inspiration comes from the layout of the nearby temple - passing an entrance gate, entering forecourt, courtyard, function rooms, main hall, and finally gardens. A leisure pedestrian route is created to intertwine functional spaces, courtyards and gardens, visitors can experience various activities while meandering through to reach the roof garden and the hill behind.
The Sports Centre comprises the games arena, fitness room, dance room, activity rooms, children play room, etc. Beside active sports for youths, courtyards and gardens attract elderly to rest and do light exercise, such as practising Tai Chi, a popular local exercise. The venue is more than a sport centre, but an urban oasis for inter-generation enjoyment, where sports meet beautiful natural scenery.
Dialogues between visitors, spaces and adjacent natural sceneries are essential in the design. Visual linkages are intentionally created between foyer and courtyard, between courtyard and various floors, between rooms, between inside and outside, between gardens and the hill behind. These linkages enhance way-finding, bring different users together, and encourage visitors to explore.
Passive environmental designs are used instead of highly delicate technology. The layout made reference to traditional tropical courtyard house, central courtyard, circulation spaces and lobbies are zero air-conditioned since they are protected from direct sunlight, openings on façade further enhance cross ventilation. Energy consuming is significantly reduced. Frosted and low-E glazings are used for windows and skylights to reduce direct heat gain while enabling natural lighting.