Developer: Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Designer: Architectural Services Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Size/dimensions: 0.8 acre (0.32 ha)
In May 2015, the Environmental Protection Department completed the Hong Kong East Community Green Station to implement the “reduction first” waste-management strategy as a pilot project for the promotion of green living and collection of recyclables at the community level. Instead of a being a traditional garbage-collection point, the station is designed to be an asset to the local area with the inclusion of an education center, a work area for handling recyclables, an office, ancillary facilities, and a landscape area. In total, the project includes 27,000 square feet (2,500 sq m) of open space and landscaping, 8,500 square feet (800 sq m) of industrial space, and 4,400 square feet (400 sq m) of educational space, with 7,500 square feet (700 sq m) reserved for buildings. The estimated total cost of the project is US$3 million.
Various sustainable initiatives put the green culture ethos of “use less, waste less” into practice. The station collects recyclables such as electrical appliances, compact fluorescent lamps, glass bottles, and rechargeable batteries, which are sorted in a recyclables repository before delivery to qualified recyclers for treatment and the conversion of waste into usable resources. Modular containers are reused as the bases of the buildings and are modified to suit different functions. The highway flyover above the site contributes to the passive cooling of the venues, thus reducing solar heat gain. An additional overhanging roof and vertical greening shelter the interior from direct sunlight.
Hong Kong East Community Green Station transformed an underused garage under a flyover into a public gathering place to bridge the old and new neighborhood within an existing dense residential area. The concept was to create a new street through the site to connect the surrounding communities through the use of a green wall, a bamboo trellis, and a courtyard garden. The project has become a focal point for the neighborhoods where the new street and the landscape area embody a variety of gathering spaces as an interpretation of pavilions in a traditional Chinese garden, representing local cultural values. Hong Kong East Community Green Station has organized more than 100 events on site and has become a popular spot for environmental education and recycling support in the Eastern District of Hong Kong.
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