V POINT is a new 30-storey “Ginza” type retail tower with 12,457m2 of commercial space in the heart of Causeway Bay, one of the most vibrant and busiest shopping areas in Hong Kong. The “Ginza” typology originated from Japan where space is limited in the dense urban environment and retail and restaurants spaces have to develop vertically. The tower is located on the vibrant retail Tang Lung Street and has a corner facing Canal Road with a flyover above. Hence the facades of the tower become highly visible from the highway traffic and pedestrians alike. Portions of the building enjoy sea views and mountain views.
With the location and the building type, the client’s brief for the architect was to create a signature and iconic tower that attracts major restaurants and retailers; and that would stand out from the existing old concrete buildings or rectilinear curtain buildings in Causeway Bay.
Breaking away from usual monolithic appearance of a high rise, V POINT tower design takes inspiration from the shapes of crystals and gemstones. The unique curtain wall consists of a series of tilted triangular glass planes and like a cut gemstone, reflects sunlight in different angles to give the form and façade a kaleidoscopic quality. At night, light beams run through the perimeter of triangular planes to define the patterns in the façade and to enhance the building silhouette.
At ground level, the curtain wall is conceptually cut away to allow a contrasting transparent retail podium box to be inserted while opening up a corner entrance at the same time. The entrance reveals a series of escalators leading customers to the main lobby on the second floor. The lobby continues the building form expression with the crystalline shapes of the lobby wall in silver fluted glass and geometrically folded wood ceiling.
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Location: Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Category: Office Buildings
Project Manager: CK Lau & Associates Ltd.
Area: 12457.0 m2
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Edmon Leong Photography
Manufacturers: Led Linear, Traxon Technologies
M&E Engineer: WSP Hong Kong Ltd.
Authorized Person and Structural Engineer: T. K. Tsui & Associates Ltd.
Building Service Engineer: Tsui & Associates Ltd. Building Service Engineer –
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.
Main Contractor: Hsin Chong Construction (Eng) Ltd.
Logo Designer: Bentley Communications Ltd.
Beam Consultant: AECOM Asia Company Ltd.
Façade Consultant: Meinhardt Façade Technology (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Lighting Consultant: Spectrum Design & Associates (Asia)
Retail Consultant: Savills Plc
Curtain Wall Consultant: Chevalier International Holdings Ltd.
Fitting Out Contractor: Sundart Timber Products Co. Ltd.
Lift and Escalator Contractor: Chevalier International Holdings Ltd.
LED Contractor: Unilumin Technology (Hong Kong) Ltd.
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