Architectural Distinction 建築特色

With the support of the school and the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, the 1937-built Main Building and the Convent were declared as a monument for protection under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance in 2008.

According to the report of the Antiquities & Monuments Office in 2003, the school complex reflects several different styles of architecture including Art Deco, Romanesque, Neo-Georgian and Gothic Revival. The layout of the buildings and the whole complex follow the design of a conventional English school around that period of time - with a large and open courtyard enclosed by rectangular blocks.

Art Deco is the dominant style. It was an art movement between the 1920s and the 1930s. It was about ornament, geometry, energy, retrospection, colour, texture and light. Non-structural decorative elements are one of its characteristics. In this case, bricks are the major material for the facade. However, brick walls are not the structural elements. They are decorative elements with the bricks laid in such a way that emphasizes different parts of the building say, making an arch pattern above a window.

On the one hand, texture is created with the use of bricks. The same type of bricks can come in different colours due to the production process. Laying the bricks in different directions, therefore, creates a strong texture even though nothing actually protrudes from the wall surface. On the other hand, strong texture is also created on each facade by recessing and projecting of a wall, a column or a tower.

The fortress sense of this complex recalls another architectural style- Romanesque. The single tower stands out from the surroundings, making the facade irregular and imposing.

Maryknoll Convent School suffers from no notable changes or alterations. Old style furnishings and flooring can still be found inside and they are still in good condition. Furthermore, the school complex is one of the finest examples of how old and new buildings can be combined without disturbing its original harmony. The Secondary Section was built twenty-three years later than the Primary Section, but it keeps the style and quality of the Primary Section.