The Siu Sai Wan Complex, winner of the Merit Award of Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards 2010, has been officially opened.
It is located at 15 Siu Sai Wan Road, Chai Wan.
Occupying an area of 4 400 square meters, the Siu Sai Wan Complex was built at a cost of about $400 million. The complex is specially designed in an open and polymorphic architectural form. Its two main blocks are linked by bridges and escalators which encourage public interaction. The building's energy consumption is significantly reduced by the use of illuminated skylight, natural ventilation and a green rooftop. These distinguished design features helped the complex win the Merit Award of Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards 2010.
Within the complex, the Siu Sai Wan Sports Centre is located on the second, third and fourth floors. It has a multi-purpose arena which can be converted into eight badminton courts or two basketball/volleyball courts. Other facilities include a table-tennis room which can accommodate 12 table-tennis tables, two multi-purpose activity rooms, and a children's play room. The opening hours of the sports centre are from 7am to 11pm daily. It will be temporarily closed for maintenance from 7am to 1pm on the first and third Mondays of the month.
On the first floor is the Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool. There are two indoor training pools, one measuring 25 metres by 10 metres, and the other 25 metres by 25 metres. The pool's spectator stand is on the second floor.
On the ground floor is the Siu Sai Wan Public Library which provides various library facilities and services including an adult library, a children's library, a newspapers and periodicals section, library catalogue terminals, Internet/electronic resources workstations, Internet express terminals, self-charging terminals and an express check-in service. The library has an initial stock of more than 54 000 items including Chinese and English books and audio-visual materials.
In addition to the above facilities managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the complex also accommodates the Siu Sai Wan Community Hall on its ground floor under the management of the Eastern District Office. The 1 070-square-meter venue provides a hall with stage, stage meeting room, conference room and male/female dressing rooms.
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