RSHP and Aedas design border facility for the world's longest sea-crossing bridge

RSHP and Aedas design border facility for the world's longest sea-crossing bridge

rogers stirk harbour + partners (RSHP) and Aedas have teamed up to design a building that houses the customs and immigration facilities for travelers leaving and entering hong kong via the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge: the hong kong–zhuhai–macao bridge (or HZMB for short). the project, which connects the three major metropolises, intends to improve the overall connectivity of the greater bay area while vastly reducing travel time between cities.

RSHP Aedas hong kong
the building is located on a new 150-hectare artificial island



built on a new 150-hectare artificial island, the passenger clearance building (PCB) is positioned at the border and has been conceived as a new ‘front door’ for hong kong. in developing the project, RSHP and Aedas considered how its users will move around the site. as the building will be constantly filled with people, the design team sought to make circulation as simple as possible.

RSHP Aedas hong kong
the project has been conceived as a new ‘front door’ for hong kong



the building’s prefabricated waveform roof, which references the undulating flow of surrounding waters, helps with wayfinding, while movement through the structure is punctuated with four double-height voids positioned over reflecting pools. this allows natural daylight to penetrate all levels of the building and ensures a visual connection between departures on the first floor and arrivals on the ground floor.

RSHP Aedas hong kong
four double-height voids are positioned over reflecting pools



‘the bridge is a vital project for the 69 million population of the greater bay area megapolis of southern china, which includes hong kong, macau, and nine mainland cities and is a powerhouse of innovation and economic growth,’ explains keith griffiths, chairman and global design director of Aedas. ‘this building serves as a beautiful gateway to hong kong and we are honored to have designed it with our design partner, RSHP.’

RSHP Aedas hong kong
the modular roof was efficiently prefabricated offsite



‘I am delighted to be working on such an innovative project, which brings beauty and elegance to the everyday activity of travel,’ adds richard paul, who led RSHP’s architectural team. ‘the new crossing will benefit those living and working in the region greatly with enhanced connectivity as well as highlighting the beautiful roof form which responds to the undulating mountainous backdrop of such a beautiful local environment.’

RSHP Aedas hong kong
the building presents views to a natural skyline of evergreen mountains and hills



UPDATE: this project has been shortlisted in the ‘completed buildings – transport’ category at the 2019 world architecture festival.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,379 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample