Young architect's design a treasure

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 June, 2008, 12:00am

A final-year architecture student at the University of Hong Kong has made a model of an underground museum at the Forbidden City as a solution to the shortage of space for its collection of historical artefacts.

Sandra Leung Mei-wa, 25,who came up with the plan for her final-year project, said the extension under the old palace's moat was designed to ease the lack of space in the Palace Museum, which could only display about 1 per cent of its exhibits.

'I know the museum is trying to come up with a solution to address the space problem. I hope they get to see my proposal and take on my idea,' the master's student said.

A model of her design is among 30 graduation projects by the university's architecture students on display at the campus until June 27.

Leslie Lu Lam, department head, said the themes of this year's projects tied in with current issues, such as heritage preservation.

Other models include an idea to redevelop the Central Market into a 20-storey building with vegetable gardens on each level and a group of eco-villas in the New Territories.