An architecture student has designed an environmentally-friendly university hall. University of Hong Kong student Jonathan Chan Fuk-keung, 25, said his design would eliminate the sense of overcrowding many students have at local residential halls. Mr Chan's design would redevelop his residential hall at Sassoon Road with 'environmentally conscious architecture in the context of a tertiary institution'. Purpose-built government housing estates, such as Verbena Heights at Tseung Kwan O, inspired him to include features such as hanging gardens, solar heating and natural ventilation. 'Halls of residence are an integral part of the university's education system. It is sad that today's residential halls have been reduced to a solely basic 'welfare' purpose and have lost their educational insight,' Mr Chan said. Communal spaces such as a landscaped garden and recreation facilities were included in his design. Environmental factors such as sun and wind could be used to make student halls more pleasant, he said. He said he hoped the project would act as a symbol of environmental concern and an experimental demonstration for university students.