Assignment 3: Modeling Approaches for Final Project

Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas

Passenger Clearance Building
by RSHP + Aedas

  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Architects: Aedas, RSHP
  • Time: June 2018

Located on a 150-hectare, newly reclaimed artificial island northeast of Hong Kong International Airport, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong Port (HKP) is Hong Kong’s entry point to the new HZMB (with approx. 30km long Main Bridge). The centrepiece for HZMB HKP, the Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) handles clearance for passengers travelling to and from Hong Kong. As well as providing a hub for transport and travel, PCB also offers a striking and iconic focal point for the development.

a. SHAPE&DISPLACEMENT

The main feature of the building is its wavy roof, and this roof can be seen as a basic rectangle SHAPE being bent, or it can be realized by DISPLACEMENT.

Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas
Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas

b. MATH

Located at coastal area of Hong Kong, the structure’s ability to endure typhoons, monsoon rains, high humidity while maximising daylight through the roof skylights must be simulated and experimented using MATH approach during the design process. The wave-like roof is the most efficient outcome of this math approach.

In addition, to help reduce the cost of the roof’s challenging freeform geometry and to facilitate speedy construction, MATH approach is also adopted to produce repetitive units, taking into account the maximum size of each unit for easy transportation and installation and the smallest number of units.

Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas
Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas

c. WIREFRAME

The shape of each unit is closely related to its structure. The continuous beams are allocated at both side of the wave-like roof while the loads are transferred to the columns standing in the middle of each unit through four inclined steel beams.

Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas
Passenger Clearance Building ©RSHP + Aedas

REFERENCES WEBSITES
[1] Hayden Nuttall, A sustainable gateway to the world’s longest sea crossing, https://www.burohappold.com/projects/hong-kong-zhuhai-macao-bridge-hong-kong-port/#
[2] Diego Hernández, archdaily, Passenger Clearance Building / RSHP + Aedas, https://www.archdaily.com/905609/passenger-clearance-building-rshp-plus-aedas?ad_medium=office_landing&ad_name=article

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