Revitalization of Former Fanling Magistracy

Winner: Institution | China | BCI Asia Interior Design Awards 2020

The Former Fanling Magistracy (FFM), built in 1961, was a grade 3 historic building selected for adaptive reuse in HKSAR’s Revitalization Scheme Batch III. FFM was the first civic building in the New Territories and an important symbol of the Rule of Law in rural Hong Kong. It was decommissioned in 2002 and it reopened its doors as The HKFYG Leadership Institute in 2019.

Architecturally the FFM was the humblest courthouse in Hong Kong. Its rudimentary choice of materials reflected the value and craft of the time, and our design emphasizes the interplay of terrazzo, wrought iron, wood, and very importantly – Light. The wooden screens are an inversion of the metal bars, and the library shelving design is a reinterpretation of the wood coiffuring found in the courthouses. We seek to return the courthouse’s loftiness and airiness lost in the rounds of renovations, hence the layout and corresponding lighting design are tuned meticulously, and acclaimed by users and visitors.

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Project Name
Revitalization of Former Fanling Magistracy
Fanling, Hong Kong
Status of Construction
Completion Date
Mar 31, 2019
Site Area
4,005 square metres
Gross Floor Area
2,451 square metres
Building Height
14 metres
Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Architecture Firm
LWK + Partners
Principal Architect
CM Lee
Interior Design Firm
Architecture Commons Limited
Principal Designer
Rick Lam
Civil & Structural Engineer
JMK Consulting Engineers Limited
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
Thomas Anderson &  Partners (HK) Ltd
Quantity Surveyor
Rider Levett Bucknall Limited
Landscape Architect
Urbis Limited
Main Contractor
Cycle Links Construction Company Limited
Interior Fit-Out Contractor
Cycle Links Construction Company Limited
Kevin Mak, 1km Studio Limited