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.