MVRDV has broken ground on an ambitious urban conversion project in Hong Kong‘s newly-designated business center, East Kowloon. The revitalization strategy’s first step includes transforming former warehouse space into the contemporary Cheung Fai building, which will feature “luxurious loft-style” office space. During the construction process, the 14-story concrete structure will be given a modern glass and stainless steel makeover, and when it is complete, it will offer up to 37 affordable office units.
The Cheung Fai building is just one part of the conversion project that will eventually see the former industrial area turned into a vibrant business section of the city. With beautiful views of the adjacent Victoria Harbor and direct access to the future Kai Tak ferry terminal, the building will be a major landmark for the area.
The interior space will be filled with commercial space and restaurants and a communal terrace will be installed on the roof. To extend the building’s social presence, the architects are also hoping to transform the desolate service alley that faces the rear of the building into an attractive public space. The Cheung Fai project is scheduled for completion in September, 2015.