The main objective of the client’s brief is to create a unique office building with local cultural characteristics. Connaught Marina is a boutique mixed-use/office building in Sheung Wan – a 28-storey modern tower newly added to Hong Kong’s world-famous waterfront. AGC Design sees opportunities in developing compact yet humanized workplace with local art & culture.
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AGC Design Limited
AGC Design Limited
Erica Chui, Nicky Wong
49 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong
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Located in Sheung Wan, heart of downtown Hong Kong where start-ups mingle with dried seafood groceries and antique shops, Connaught Marina, sitting on a corner site formerly known as the Triangular Pier, where goods from all parts of China and overseas loaded and unloaded, people gathered to trade, was and still is a convergence of East and West Culture.
The Project started as a feasibility study in which the Architect had studied several Schematic studies. The building sits on the junction of Connaught Road West, Des Voeux Road West and Wing Lok Street. The hectic road condition and limited site area had imposed tremendous challenges to the project development process.
The historical background inspired AGC Design to pay tributes to local elements. The Streamline form pay homage to Modernist tenement houses that once populated the old Victoria City. Hovering canopy with candescent LED strips echoes with the sweeping centennial tram line and the nostalgic ambience of the old pier, a bond with the city’s present and past.
Building set back at the narrow street to achieve better air ventilation to mitigate heat island effect and enhance urban spatial quality; Greenery provided at multi-levels providing a mid-air breathing and chill-out space for users:
Designed for “escaping” from business hustle with lush landscape with plush chairs to lounge in.
A refuge floor doubled as welcoming space for users to respite and mingle, and an informal function space with stunning Victoria Harbour as background.
Large IGU window walls maximize day-light and openness while providing effective thermal and sound insulation, essential for a comfortable working environment, and reduces energy consumption for A/C. Non-reflective glass reduces glare to the city. Other environmental features such precast façade with GRC cladding, water saving sanitary fitment, adding in environmental concern during construction and operation.