HONG KONG ACADEMY Adele Brunner visits the IB through-schoolâ€™s state-of-theart Sai Kung campus. Pictures by Hannah Grogan.
ong Kong Academy (HKA) in Sai Kung is the epitome of a modern international school. With soaring ceilings, acres of glass, stylish dĂŠcor and state-of-the-art facilities, it is a far cry from the typical schools of yesteryear with their narrow corridors, cramped classrooms and murky colour schemes. Designed initially by GHD and completed by LDAsia (Llewelyn Davies Hong Kong), the 23,000-square-metre, purpose-built campus opened in August 2013 and is a model for sustainable school design. It is one of the only schools in Hong Kong to be accredited as a BEAM platinum-rated building, with key green
features including rainwater harvesting, low-E glazing on windows to reduce the amount of heating and cooling required and energy-efficient air-conditioning. Bold graphics announce the various departments and areas, and spacious, open-plan classrooms are equipped with Scandinavian-style furniture and Apple Macs. Facilities include an awe-inspiring 350seat theatre with a recessed orchestra pit that can be covered to provide extra floor space, plus professional lighting and sound systems, and dressing rooms. Add to the mix an enormous sports hall, all-weather sky pitches and well-stocked music rooms and you get an idea of how high HKA has set the bar.