The Hong Kong campus of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has received the Honourable Mention in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation in September in recognition of its dedicated work in conserving and revitalising the heritage building.
The transformation of the former North Kowloon Magistracy into the SCAD under the "Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme" was the first project to complete revitalisation and open for use. As the project's main contractor, Hsin Chong Interiors and Special Projects Division breathed new life into SCAD while respecting its historic and cultural significance.
According to the jury's comments, the project has respected the functionalist architecture and recovered the original finishes of the historically and aesthetically valuable structure. Its creative design has provided the required educational facilities through contemporary insertions while retaining the building’s original fabric and spatial character.
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation recognises the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and the public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the region.