Extension to St. Joseph’s ChurchFanling, Hong Kong
St. Joseph’s Church, Fanling is a Parish church built in the 1950s and has been serving the community for over five decades. In 2009, the Church saw an opportunity to expand its facilities onto the immediately adjacent parking lot so as to increase church services for the community. L&O was selected as the concept architect preparing a master plan and assisting the Church to acquire the adjoining land from Government. After the successful acquisition, L&O is retained to act as Architect for the realization of the project. The new extension to St Joseph’s Church includes a new multi-purpose auditorium, community services center, activities rooms and priest quarters.
The original St. Joseph’s Church is the only remaining building of its type in the Luen Wo Hui Area. It is a religious hub for locals and a prominent landmark. The existing church building has been identified as a potential Grade III Historical Building. Heritage conservation is, therefore, one of the most important considerations in the design. This is not only a design mechanism to achieve a sustainable development, but also a means to continue to celebrate the legacy of this local spiritual community for the generations to come.