Sir Run Run Shaw Hall @ CUHK

Lead Designer
Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Renovation of Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, CUHK

Significance of Sir Run Run Shaw Hall
A venue for solemn occasions and multiple functions
The Design Solution aims at achieving a combination of acoustics and aesthetics, while also maintain and create a “Sense of Solemnity”

• Accommodating arts and cultural functions, student activities, during lunch and after hours, seasonal functions etc;
• Entrance and reception area for the auditorium;
• Gathering point for assemblies and examinations;

(1) Floor:
• Hard and durable granite is chosen for the Floor Finish for durability and a sense of solemnity;

(2) Feature Wall:
• Maintain the Original Artwork on the wall designed by Mr. Freeman Lau;
• Use of acoustic panels in the appearance of Timber to give a warm, articulate and scholarly feeling;
• Accommodates multiple functions: Enquiry Counter, Fire Exits, Auditorium Entrance, Public Notice Board, Artwork by Mr. Freeman Lau;
• The variety of functions unified and aligned under one light trough for a more orderly visual unity;
• The skillful lighting from the light trough illuminates the Artwork, and also the signage of Box Office and Gallery.

(3) Ceiling
• Light Troughs to conceal E&M equipment in dark colour;
• Light Troughs house different kind of lighting (simple down lighting, spotlight, etc) for different purposes;
• Light Troughs aligned parallel to the floor patterns, to elongate visual perspective and enhance sense of space;

(4) Emblem Wall
• University Emblem is suspended at the top with Dignity;
• New display devices are installed for all types of exhibits;
• AV and lighting improved;

(5) Entrance
• Glass doors to enhance literal transparency to both sides;

• Accommodating university and college functions, such as assemblies, examinations, inauguration, graduations, seminars, arts and cultural functions, etc;
• Venue for notable guests;
• Venue where all students graduate, with heavy memorial value;

Renovation: Not implying heavy works worthy elements are only renewed and remain.
More technically challenging than installing everything new from zero

(1) Acoustic Panels
• The original form of Acoustic Panels are remained to retain alumni’s collective impression;
• New colours in gradation to renew the boxes and freshen visual impact upon arrival;
• Gradient colours applied to the acoustic panels to enhance audience’s visual perspective;
• Deepest colour closest to the stage to correspond to Proscenium in a stage setup (A must for every stage);

(2) Ceiling
• Acoustic Panel Strips rearranged to align with the acoustic panels on the sides for a more neat visual continuity;

(3) Balcony
• New Glass Balustrades along the balcony creating a lightweight profile echoing the new interior design;

(4) Floor
• Durable Vinyl Floor Stripes repaved to fit the new interior design and existing Fixing Details of demountable seats.


Barrie Ho, the Founder and Director of the Hong Kong based architects firm Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors Ltd (BHA), is one of the most influential architectural designers of his generation practicing today. Frequently described as �young at age, high in seniority�.

Ho received his design education at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with a Master�s Degree in Architecture with distinction and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies (1st Honor). He has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design with commendation as well as a Diploma in Design.

From 2003 to this day, Ho has proudly won over 30 design awards at the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, Hong Kong Designers� Association Awards and Perspective Design Recognition Awards. He was also awarded Outstanding Greater China Design Awards for 3 consecutive years between 2006 and 2008. Personal accolades include Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2005, Ten Outstanding Designer Award 2005, Vocational Training Council Honorary Fellow, one of the recipients of the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award 2007, and was among the inaugural 40 Under 40 selection by Perspective Magazine that recognises young design talents in the Greater China region. Ho�s furniture designs have also won numerous acclaims: MING Collection furniture was awarded the international 2007 ADEX Award for Design Excellence; while ZEN Collection was awarded Hong Kong Designers Association Awards 07 - Gold Award (Category of Furniture), Fortune China Magazine�s 2007 China�s Most Successful Designs Award, and 4 awards at 2008 ADEX Award for Design Excellence.

From 2000 to 2005, Ho was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association. In 2002, Ho was the Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre and as the Vice Chairman at HKDC Board of Directors in 2004. Ho was also the Advisor of the Professional Services Promotion Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 2003-2006, Advisor of Academic Advisory Committee of HK Polytechnic University since 2003 as well as the member of the Hong Kong Design Institute Advisory Board of IVE, VTC since 2004, and Guest Curator of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum 2004-2005, when he performed his curatorial duties for �Spaces and Places� � an exhibition showcasing works from 4 architects-cum-artists � from July to December 2005. Ho is also a visiting lecturer at various universities and institutes in Hong Kong and is frequently invited to be Guest Speaker of International Design Conferences and Seminars. From 2005 to 2007, Ho is the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the International Architectural Design Competition for the Hong Kong Design Institute. Currently, Ho is a member of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Association, as well as a founding member of the Professional and Senior Executives Association.