My ArchiSchool students create buildings designed to enhance wellbeing

Promotion: students at Hong Kong-based institute My ArchiSchool have developed architectural prototypes of buildings designed to enhance inhabitants' wellbeing and solve environmental challenges.

The students used Twinmotion to develop their conceptual buildings, which were critiqued over a number of design reviews.

A digital image of Lone Fungi Airport
Lone Fungi Airport by Oscar Chung is designed to be solar powered

"The students learnt to be more analytical and patient," said MyArchiSchool, commenting on the project. "Their romantic ideas at the beginning went through a few rounds of challenges and sometimes failed in their original purpose."

"The design process helped them to go beyond their comfort zones and let them visualise the proposed solutions with its strengths and short-comings at the same time," the school continued.

A digital image of Lone Fungi Airport
Oscar Chung designed a prototype of Lone Fungi Airport

As part of the project, student Oscar Chung designed a prototype of Lone Fungi Airport that features a UV-filtering glass-wall system.

The airport's waiting area is designed to be naturally ventilated by its facade, which includes a fan-shaped wind-catcher that moves air inside and outside the building via solar power.

"He [Chung] made a very clever use of the local prevailing wind of Hong Kong city with the aerodynamic properties of air," said My ArchiSchool.

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Heidi Liang designed an outdoor natural history museum

Student Heidi Liang also chose an open structure when designing her natural history museum, in order to enhance the natural ventilation throughout the museum's galleries. The museum is equipped with a composite glass wall system, which allows viewers to look out at city views as they walk through the space.

Liang's design was informed by the wave-shaped Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong and created to fill the demand for outdoor activities for children.

A digital image of the inside of a natural history museum
Heidi Liang's natural history museum includes views of the cityscape

A concept for a greenhouse that uses the landscape's natural terrain and a rainwater-harvesting system to save water and grow plants was developed by Minjoon Ji.

Ji designed one half of the greenhouse to be open to the elements, while the other half is covered by glass to protect newly sown plants.

A digital image of a greenhouse
Minjoon Ji designed a greenhouse as part of the project

"[Ji] made the wise choice of the location of the greenhouse in order to optimise the usage of clean water," said My ArchiSchool.

Kayla Yeung's design for an airport includes a central courtyard, which collects rainwater for indoor plants. It was informed by a traditional Chinese courtyard design and was also chosen to bring natural light into the building.

"Speaking of sustainable architecture, these young designers demonstrated there would be more and more alternatives by architectural design," commented My ArchiSchool. "Architecture itself has been a beautiful solution to many unresolved environmental challenges!"

A digital image of an airport
Kayla Yeung designed an airport featuring a courtyard

My Archischool runs a variety of in-person and online courses for aspiring young architects, aiming to teach 3D modelling and other skills that will set them up for careers in the future sustainable environment.

For further details about the exhibition and to find out more about My ArchiSchool, visit the school's website.

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