Design Election: Mod Architecture in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is
one of those special cities that titillates your every sense… and since I haven’t had an official DESIGN ELECTION in a long time, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity (two birds with one stone) to have another one.
The smell of fresh noodle bowls wafting through the streets, the sounds of honking cars, yelling vendors, and the dull hum of the neon signs at night; the sight of all the shiney, sparkly, expensive jewelry, clothing, furniture, buildings, cars….the list goes on!
Walking through the streets of Hong Kong Island was a wonderful experience and a dream-come-true for modern architecture fans!
Do you have any idea how many funky-cool buildings there are in HK? Well, I was blind-sighted by the coolness factor of this fabulous city, and feel obliged to share some photos I snapped of super-mod architecture. Feel free to CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE BUILDING in the comments section.
Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei
OPTION # 1 BELOW: This 70-storey building (367.4m) was completed back in 1990, but the asymmetrical form remains ultra modern and in good taste today. Apparently, this building has been compared to a bamboo plant that extends its trunk higher with each new burst of growth (the successive nature of the bamboo is echoed in this structure’s form, making the building appear as if it’s stretching to grow taller and taller). Pretty nifty, huh? (and super shiny too!)
Designed by AD&RG Architects.
OPTION # 2 BELOW: This stunning building is comprised of modular pre-cast elements – a construction method that is unique to the Kowloon area but is becoming increasingly popular for it’s environmental benefits. I love the combination of materials of the design – the concrete and wood facade is stunning! Oh, and there’s a large green-roof garden patio too.
Designed by Paul Rudolph.
OPTION # 3 BELOW: The Lippo Centre Twin Towers are my favourite! I love the odd forms of the not-so-tall-but-still-impressive buildings, and I love that they were originally referred to as “The Koala Tree” since the protruding forms resemble koalas climbing up a tree. The best part? These buildings were completed in 1988 – that’s a pretty original design for the 80′s!
OPTION # 4 BELOW: Sadly, I have no idea what this building is called, or who designed it, but I like it! Do you know? Major brownie points if you can identify this kitschy film-reel-wrapped building. It is located near the base of Victoria’s Peak, and I can’t help but think it’s a film or television company building.
Designed by César Pelli.
OPTION # 5 BELOW: There are two buildings that comprise the IFC – the taller one was actually the tallest building in all of Hong Kong (it’s similar in height to the former World Trade Towers in NYC) but the International Commerce Centre skyscraper has over taken it. The 2IFC towers are part of the International Finance Centre – a sprawling district home to the giant IFC mall, many office buildings and the only Four Seasons Hotel in HK.
Needless to say, this building dominates the skyline and can be seen from nearly every vantage point.
There is so much beauty to be seen in Hong Kong (and surrounding areas) it’s hard to capture and convey it all in a photograph.
I did enjoy spending time on the Tsim sha Tsui waterfront looking out to the Hong Kong Island skyline, especially at night when all the buildings were lit up during the Hong Kong Light Show! The show itself was pretty lack-lustre, but it was great to see all the buildings pointed out with colourful lights.
So, folks…what’s it going to be? Do you have a favourite, if so, how come? Vote in the comments section below :)