10 most stunning architecture spots in Hong Kong

Those who visit Hong Kong never forget the city’s breathtaking skyline. So it comes as no surprise that Hong Kong has its fair share of astounding architecture with the likes of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid as well as local architects such as Ronald Lu & Partners moving Hong Kong’s urban spaces to new levels of functionality and vibrancy.

We’ve picked out 10 of the most progressive architecture spots which will help you see Hong Kong in an entirely different light.

 

 

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Opus Hong Kong, Victoria Peak

Year: 2012

Architects: Frank Gehry in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners

Opus Hong Kong is the first of renowned architect, Frank Gehry’s work ever to be built in Asia. The building is distinctive of Gehry’s style with the slight irregularity in its form. Noticeably, Opus resonates Gehry’s famous Dancing House architecture in Prague.

Anchored against the sublime hillside of Victoria Peak, Opus draws its inspiration from the breathtaking scenery surrounding the site. Gehry was inspired by the beautiful scenery and wanted to give the architecture an organic feel to it. The finely tuned glass-enclosed columns that form the structure and twist around the building gives a touch of delicacy and lightness to the façade.

Opus Hong Kong, 53 Stubbs Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, www.opushongkong.com

(Photo courtesy of Opus Hong Kong)

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SK Yee Healthy Life Centre, Tuen Mun

Year: 2014

Architects: Ronald Lu & Partner

The SK Yee Healthy Life Centre is located on an existing rooftop at the Tuen Mun Hospital Complex. The centre offers an interesting “lean and green” design that acts as a home, a garden and a playground for patients. Located in Tuen Mun, far from the city centre, it offers a healing environment at the quiet rooftop giving an ambience of calmness and serenity throughout the site.

SK Yee Healthy Life Center, Tuen Mun Hospital, 23 Tsing Chung Koon Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, www.rlphk.com

(Photo courtesy of Ronald Lu and Partner)

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THR350, Jardine’s Lookout

Year: 2013

Architects: Aedas

THR350 is a nine-storey private residence designed for client, Ken Wai, set within an urban yet low density area. The building has an elegant, modern touch to it especially with the contrast between the materiality of the glass façade and the timber entrance.

The THR350 was conceptually developed with the client, who cites old photograph of waterfall dropping through a background formation of stacked basalt organ pipes as his inspiration.

THR350, 350 Tai Hang Road, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, www.aedas.com/thr350

(Photo courtesy of Aedas)

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Private Residence at Silverstrand, Saikung

Year: 2006

Architects: Aedas

Situated within 4,000 square meters of secluded woodland, this private residence consists of a group of three two-storey houses. The use of large glazed windows and sandstone colour connects the natural surrounding with the residence. The unusual uses of materials and arrangement makes this a very unique architecture that is uncommon in Hong Kong.

The organisation of the three two-storey houses were designed to reflect the values of a close-knit Chinese family, where the parents and children are perpetually connected architecturally through the glazed rotunda library.

Private Residence at Silverstrand, 850 Clear Water Bay Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.aedas.com

(Photo courtesy of Aedas)

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Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Tiu Keng Leng

Year: 2011

Architects: Coldefy & Associates

The HKDI building is one of the most creative projects we’ve seen in Hong Kong. Designed by international architects, Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute, the team won against 162 teams in the competition to be the selected architects for the site in 2006.

The concept behind the progressive architecture of HKDI’s campus stems from the idea of metaphorically expressing how every creative idea starts from a blank sheet of paper. Using concrete, glass and steel, the structure gives off a light and transparent environment — a blank canvas for inspiration. Whereas the base of the campus has been transformed into a large public space free for interaction and exchanging ideas.

Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tiu Keng Leng, Hong Kong, http://caau.fr/hong_kong_design_institute

(Photo courtesy of Sergio Pirrone)

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Innovation Tower at Polytechnic University, Hung Hom

Year: 2013

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. The building is designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect, Zaha Hadid who is known for her fluid and often spatial architectures. The Innovation Tower is Hadid’s first permanent work in Hong Kong.

The tower features a funky and dynamic slanted stacking of levels and an open public space on each floor.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, www.zaha-hadid.com

(Photo courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects)

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Hong Kong Velodrome, Tseung Kwan O

Year: 2013

Architects: P&T Group

This is Hong Kong’s first indoor velodrome, offering an international space to serve for track cycling and world-class events. The venue also acts as a public gym, multi-purpose arena and rich greenery and open space for the public and aims to place Hong Kong on the map for elite sports.

The elliptical form and distinctive ribbed roof is inspired by the profile of a bicycle helmet and features a rainwater harvesting system for the surrounding greenery.

Hong Kong Velodrome, 105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.p-t-group.com

(Photo courtesy of P&T Group)

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Kwun Tong Swimming Pool Complex, Kwun Tong

Year: 2014

Architects: Ronald Lu & Partners

This new, modern three-storey swimming pool complex provides an Olympic standard suite of swimming pools as well as a comprehensive range of additional leisure facilities for the public.

The exterior of the complex features terracotta panels and a fair-faced concrete finish as well as an angled roof plane that appears to float above the pool buildings.

Kwun Tong Swimming Pool Complex, 2 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, www.rlphk.com

(Photo courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners)

 

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The Forum, Central

Year: 2014

Architects: Aedas

The Forum is a structure dedicated to the Greater China private banking hub and Standard Chartered. Though it may not be immediately identifiable because of its unique structure, it leaves an impression on those who pass by. The structure resembles a glass cube, which balances at a delicate 15 ½ degrees on one corner. Surprisingly, the architecture comprises of 4,501 square metre of lettable space, with five storeys over an existing car park and bus station.

The Forum, Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, www.aedas.com

(Photo courtesy of Aedas)

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Hotel Indigo, Wanchai

Year: 2013

Architects: Aedas

Hotel Indigo is inspired by a dragon — the bronze shades throughout the building reflecting a dragon wrapping around the building. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of cosmic energy, Chi, and also of good fortune and new beginnings.

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, 246 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, www.aedas.com

(Photo courtesy of Aedas)