top of page


Entering the period of modernization,

the University of Hong Kong has launched

certain significant structural changes.

In the late 1970s with the manners of new

modernity, supported by a 2.5 million grant

from the Swire Group, a site on Bonham

Road was assigned, cleared by the demolition

of staff residences, with an approved bridge completed in 1978, to build a large student 

amenities building and a residential hall with 

the name Swire Hall




Swire Hall at the period of time, accommodated the largest number of students. The effectiveness of establishing a sense of unity was doubted. Also, Swire Hall is the first generation of HKU residential hall built as a multi-storey building, which divided hallmates into separate floors and provided them with a relatively small common area instead of assembly halls. Building a sense of unity was further hindered by the floor-base concerpt. And there was a lack of reference to preceding experience in Hall development, while experience from other halls was irrelevant to this brand new architecture.

bottom of page