Client: China Resources Property Limited Location: Hong Kong Area: 7,300 m² Completion: Sep 2012
As part of the team for the ambitious refurbishment of the 30 years old China Resources complex in Wanchai which includes both the exterior and interior full renovation of the office building, Podium Retail and F&B to the east, and an urban park to the north, CL3’s scope includes the design of the China Resources Building interior public spaces through re-planning all of its podium levels and enhancement of spatial quality in common areas including main lobby area, pedestrian walkways, vehicular drop-off, typical lift & Lift Lobbies, washrooms and corridors of all typical floors.
With the desire by the Client to command a fresh look at the public areas to be Grade A and unlike any other conventional office building interiors, CL3 got our inspiration from the second Chinese Character of the Client’s name “潤”, which means “moisture”, to create a fluid, “water droplet” plan form that allows the interior and exterior to “flow” through, creating large swirling shapes and carving large ovoid openings that punctures the second level, creating large fluid volumes.
With this concept, the challenge lies in providing an uncompromised design while working with the existing constraints such as structure, MEP system, low ceiling height at 2F, as well as complications during the phased construction in order to maintain the building’s full operation.
While the Podium serves as the vital connection within the complex and to adjacent Commercial Buildings through a series of Pedestrian Link Bridges, CL3’s design aim to ensure the generous flow of both visiting and passer-by pedestrians by reducing retail areas at the podium and significantly expanded the lobby area by pushing the full height glazed envelope to the perimeter of the building. A new escalator in an ovoid cut out is introduced at the north lobby further enhanced traffic flow between the podium levels
The interior explored the concept of Fluidity in commercial space by introducing gentle curve elements in attempt to create calming and somewhat serene atmosphere to offset the otherwise linear and rigid commercial environments typical of Hong Kong’s commercial space. At the south lobby floor slab was removed to create a new monumental 7m high ovoid atrium marks a strong presence to the busy Gloucester Road, while creating strong visual connection between the two podium levels .
Primarily light tone materials such as white travertine contrasted with mirror stainless steel trims and ceiling features give the interior a sense of airiness and prestige. Similar design language is carried to the exterior covered area for an effortless extension from the interior. Together, the design answered the client’s request for a holistic refreshing experience that reinforced the company’s new image.