Trade and Industry Tower
Kai Tak, Hong Kong
The development consists of two distinct elements and different built forms: an office tower for 13 end-user government units and a low-rise multi-purpose community hall designed for use by the local District Council. The organic form of the Community Hall with its cascading green roof suggests that it has grown out of the landscape. Its fluid ribbon-like metal and glass façade announces the front entrance to the complex and help create a sense of arrival for the visitors. By contrast, the office tower uses a rectilinear design language to capture the otherwise free-flowing landscape in a geometric configuration. While being different and yet similar; the 2 elements work in concert to form the new gateway to the Kai Tak District which is in a process of fast transformation/ gentrification. Intended as a demonstration project for sustainability.