Hysan Place by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC

The first LEED Platinum certified commercial project in Hong Kong, Hysan Place sets a new standard in sustainable design while providing a vibrant mix of retail and office space as an urban oasis in the densest of Hong Kong’s neighborhoods.

Location: Hong Kong
Client: Hysan Development Company
Team: Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects and Engineers (Associate Architect), Benoy (Retail Interiors)
Type: Headquarters, Mixed-Use, Office, Retail
Size: 66,600 m2 / 716,000 ft2

Central to the project was long-term planning flexibility and synergy between uses, achieved by considering the building’s design from a holistic perspective and maintaining the relationship of all parts, from massing and shifting forms to occupier health and configuration of natural light.

The composition of the scheme is developed as a series of shifting forms, each designed to optimize the internal planning of the use housed within. These forms are configured to generate vertical gardens over the height of the building, providing multi-story rooftop oases for users and openings for prevailing breezes to pass through the building. Porosity for wind enhances pedestrian comfort at grade and betters the surrounding environment of Causeway Bay beyond the boundary of the site itself.

The retail podium accommodates a mix of planning models, with public gathering spaces serving to unify the shopping experience while providing unique places for activity. Between these two uses sit five semi-retail floors that are configured with internal planning flexibility in mind to allow long term re-use between retail and office uses.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Headquartered in New York City, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) provides architectural services for clients that represent the most forward-thinking companies and institutions around the world. The firm’s portfolio includes a wide range of projects from headquarters and office buildings to hospitality and residential properties to civic and cultural spaces to educational and research campuses.

KPF’s mission is to create buildings, spaces and places that engender productivity and community alike. Earning the firm recognition as one of the most respected architectural design practices in the world, the firm’s body of work has been widely exhibited, is the subject of 13 monographs, and has won over 400 awards.

KPF’s process is centered on collaboration, with both clients and design partners. Using a comparative method, in which alternative solutions are considered and evaluated, we develop consensus amidst multiple viewpoints and maximize performance and value through the most appropriate solutions.

We make quality architecture by focusing on every project from concept to completion, from the “big idea” to the finest detail. Our belief is that an ambitious concept is only successful when richly composed and well-executed. Focused at once on the art and science of design we pursue a high level of detail to elevate our designs in terms of both beauty and practicality.

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