Images by Tim Griffith
Causeway Bay is Hong Kong Island’s premiere retail district and is also known to be one of the most polluted areas of Hong Kong. Kohn Pederson Fox and Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers pushed the Sustainable/Environmental agenda from the inception of the project, and has been recognized for the efforts by the USGBC. It not only was rewarded with a Pre-Certified LEED Platinum rating, but the project also was awarded a Merit award at the Hong Kong Green Building Awards 2012.
The design of Hysan Place takes advantage of new codes and standards to integrate a series of terraces, atriums and roof gardens into the tower structure. The tower seems to take on a different face from various elevations, and provides the public with a continuous sense of materiality while challenging the eye with various conflicting geometries. The stacking and interplay of these solids and voids creates a wonderful expression of how green space and daylight can penetrate modern towers. The vertical circulation of the express escalators even takes on geometry among the facades.
Hysan Place is the first private initiative to create a sustainable commercial building in Hong Kong. The integration of the 40,000 square-meter retail space within 15 floors, alongside the other 15 floors of approximately 22,000 square meters of office space with efficient systems such as Daylighting, green roofs provides Hong Kong with an impressive example to learn from.