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Programme: Serviced Apartment
Site: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Size: 54,000 sqf.
Completion Date: 2008
Awards: Perspective Award - Furniture 2010 AIAHK Merit Award for Interiors 2009
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Concept:

Concept Statement for V Causeway Bay


Urban Density:

Density and Compactness are like Siamese Twins.

Density:

The project is located in the heart of Causeway Bay, one of the most densely populated areas in the world. We were requested to build a 16 storey serviced apartment with over 135 units. By simple calculations, there will be around 8 to 9 units per floor and the average room size will range from 20SM to 60SM, and three unique roof top units of 120SM

Compactness:

The project investigates the idea on individuality within collective livings. Given these compact living conditions, we proposed over 53 variations on layout and design for all 135 units. Far from any typical cookie-cutting hotel rooms, there is no TYPICAL room in this project. All units fit like a game of TETRIS within a straight forward post and beam concrete structural system. The arrangement of such design is that we will be able to place units with semi outdoor balconies at locations to animate the façade to achieve maximum marketing effects. We have designed multi-functional cabinetry which houses a TV, an ironing board, a washer/dryer, a writing desk, along with all the typical kitchen equipment such as microwave, cooking range and hood, and refrigerator. The spatial design for the unit is responsive to the forever changing needs of the occupants. We believe the future occupants of the serviced apartment will constantly refine and re(de)fined the spatial characteristic to accommodate their individual needs. Our role is to provide them with maximum possibilities. For example, the balcony we designed could be used for people watching in the hustle and bustle street life below on a good summer day. And on rainy days, it can be double-functioned as a study area.

Epilogue:

The underlying premise of the book “1587, A Year of No Significance” is that a series of seemingly unconnected events happened in the late Ming court period intrinsically led to the humiliated defeat of the Chinese in the Opium War some 300 years after. The “micro” provided hints on the yet-to-come “macro.”

Architecture holds a similar cyclical relationship between the Micro and the Macro.

Concept:

Concept Statement for V Causeway Bay


Urban Density:

Density and Compactness are like Siamese Twins.

Density:

The project is located in the heart of Causeway Bay, one of the most densely populated areas in the world. We were requested to build a 16 storey serviced apartment with over 135 units. By simple calculations, there will be around 8 to 9 units per floor and the average room size will range from 20SM to 60SM, and three unique roof top units of 120SM

Compactness:

The project investigates the idea on individuality within collective livings. Given these compact living conditions, we proposed over 53 variations on layout and design for all 135 units. Far from any typical cookie-cutting hotel rooms, there is no TYPICAL room in this project. All units fit like a game of TETRIS within a straight forward post and beam concrete structural system. The arrangement of such design is that we will be able to place units with semi outdoor balconies at locations to animate the façade to achieve maximum marketing effects. We have designed multi-functional cabinetry which houses a TV, an ironing board, a washer/dryer, a writing desk, along with all the typical kitchen equipment such as microwave, cooking range and hood, and refrigerator. The spatial design for the unit is responsive to the forever changing needs of the occupants. We believe the future occupants of the serviced apartment will constantly refine and re(de)fined the spatial characteristic to accommodate their individual needs. Our role is to provide them with maximum possibilities. For example, the balcony we designed could be used for people watching in the hustle and bustle street life below on a good summer day. And on rainy days, it can be double-functioned as a study area.

Epilogue:

The underlying premise of the book “1587, A Year of No Significance” is that a series of seemingly unconnected events happened in the late Ming court period intrinsically led to the humiliated defeat of the Chinese in the Opium War some 300 years after. The “micro” provided hints on the yet-to-come “macro.”

Architecture holds a similar cyclical relationship between the Micro and the Macro.