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HKSAR Government Headquarters – Hong Kong, China

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Building: HKSAR Government Headquarters

Location: 2 Tim Mei Ave, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China

Completed: 2011

Architect : Rocco Design Architects

Landscape Architect: HOK

Project Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, William Tam, C M Chan, Henry Ho, Boris Lo, Lucia Cheung, William Lee, Wicky Choi, Herbert Hung, Ivy Yung, Queenie Szeto, Angela Fong, Joseph Kong, Sze Hoi Wai, Alonzo Cheng, Chan Chi Chung, Fiona Ching, Chris Wong, Tong Hui Ching, Ivan Chui, David Ho, Dathan Wun, Gary Ng, Agnus Lau, Mike Morgan

Consultants: Architectural Services Department (ASD)

AE Interests: The complex integrates three government facilities: the Legislative Council Complex, the Government Offices, and the Chief Executive’s Office. Disposition of the blocks allows the prevailing wind to penetrate the inner city providing ventilation through the Open Door passage, it also allows solar access to the site from the south, while the stepped heights of the buildings allow airflow mixing and recirculation, channeling wind from higher elevations to enhance air ventilation at pedestrian level. The Central Government Offices have double roof photovoltaic solar panels installed while the Chief Executive’s Office has thermal chimney, full height atrium as well as a green solar screen on its west – facing wall. Water conservation has been implemented and rain water collected has been recycled for landscape irrigation

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Written by Josefina Roman

October 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

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LHT Tower – Hong Kong, China

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Building: LHT Tower (Luk Hoi Tong Building)

Location: 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, China

Completed: 2011

Architect: Rocco Design Architects

Structural Engineer: Greg Wong & Associates

MEP Engineer: J. Roger Preston

Main Contractor: Gammon Construction

Consultant: Greg Wong & Associates

AE Interests: A re-construction of the former Luk Hoi Tong Building and Queen’s Theatre. It is comprised of 29 stories and 14,000 m² of mixed-use premium office. The non-linear folding of the curtain wall gives an impression of a stage curtain, opening to reveal the office and retail spaces within and creating a subtle reference to the iconic Queen’s Theatre that previously occupied the site.

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Written by Josefina Roman

October 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

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Xinhee Design Center – Xiamen, China

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Building: Xinhee Design Center

Location: Xiamen, China

Status: Under Construction

Architect: MAD Architects

Design Team : J Travis Russett, Flora Lee, Liu Huiying, Fu Changrui, Xu Chen, Li Yuanhao, Julian Sattler, Jei Kim, Jakob Beer, Younjin Park, Liu Ling, Ma Ning, Sear Nee, Zhu Jinglu, Liang Zhongyi, Sarita Tejasmit, Natalia Giacomino, Zeng Lingyue

Associate Engineer : CCDI Group

Façade Consultant : RFR Asia, Front

Interior Design : Gold Mantis, Kangyang Architecture Consultancy (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

Landscape Architect : Cicada Landscape Architecture, Hordor Design Group

Lighting Design : United Artists Lighting Design

BIM : Gehry Technologies Co., Ltd.

Wind Tunnel Consultant : Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group

Acoustics Consultant : Shen Milsom Wilke, LLC

Cost Consultant : Shanghai PM First Track Co., Ltd.

AE Interests: The design center is for the international fashion group, Xinhee, and its six subsidiary brands. It has a site area of 15,000 square meters with building area of 61,000 square meters. The spatial organization mimics six petals, growing from a central point. Each of the six brands have their own individual office and research space, yet can freely interact and communicate between departments. A mix of office spaces and green gardens compose each of the organically-formed arms. A translucent and sun-shading envelope of PTFE hangs slightly off the vertical garden, and provides ventilation during the hot season. The atrium’s footbridge provides air circulation, and doubles as a catwalk for occasional fashion shows.

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Written by Josefina Roman

October 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Built