The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre

Hong Kong, China


An elegant, low-tech design placed at the service of high-tech invention. This nine-story crystalline building is designed to accommodate a range of flexible environments for research and experimentation.

Each space, whether self-contained or open, is unique. The dramatic central stair spirals upward with irregular twists and curves creating unexpected gathering spaces. Asymmetrical windows cut into the walls of lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs allowing for natural light to fill even the inner-most rooms of the Center. Interactive spaces flow in and around the sound stages, recording studios, screening rooms, exhibit and performance spaces, multipurpose theater, and other areas. More expansive than traditional passageways, but more intimate than formal classrooms, the spaces are designed to encourage impromptu exchanges and spontaneous collaboration.

As the first university in Asia to offer the highest level of training in the creative media fields, the City University of Hong Kong specified and received 263,000 square feet of space, which serves approximately 2,000 students and 500 faculty and staff members.  Secluded landscaped gardens to the north also contribute to the quality of life of the students and the general public alike.

“Daniel Libeskind’s design substantiates the fact that evolved spaces can be effectively used to bolster evolved learning. It breaks all norms of a traditional centre of learning and thus inspires the student to do the same…break all convention, push the envelope and challenge the scope of the creative mind.” – Home Review (January 2012)

The project was completed in 2010.



2013 Asia Property Award- Best Public Service Architecture in Hong Kong- 5 stars
2012 China Green Building Design Label- 2 stars
2012 Fujian Construction Science and Technology Achievement Certificate
2012 BEAM Platinum, 2012 Best Institutional Trophy of the Perspective Award
2011 HKIA Annual Awards- Merit Award
2011- Cityscape Awards Winner of Community Built Category