46 Kowloon City Mixed used Building by Siong Vui Choong

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
46 Kowloon City

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Mixed used Building

INSPIRATION:
For many, the infamous Kowloon Walled city is an exemplar of the spirit of Hong Kong, where people worked together to resolve local issues without assistance from the authorities. This cooperative spirit was cultivated within the former Walled city. This spirit has a special place in many Hong Konger's minds, with the passing of time, the collective memory will vanish. The design is hoping to capture and evoke elements of past memories.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The demolition of Kowloon Walled city, the relocation of Kai-Tak airport came the removal of the building height restriction. Kowloon City is undergoing urban transformation and is happening quickly. Our design attempts to capture and the essences and aesthetics of the district. Features such as: Roof Top terraces, Stylised framed windows and balconies, large overboard street signage. Colourful neon signage, Exposed pipework and the mixed-use relationship in a single building are being preserved. The facade of the building is highly stylized featuring triangular shaped windows.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Located on a tiny site of 111 sqm with a pedestrian alleyway next to the site, the site coverage, plot ratio, and maximum height were maximised. 3 retail floors are located on Ground, L1 and L2, to capture retail traffic and exposure. L3 and L4 are tiny apartments. The fire department requires the firefighting tanks to be located on L5 and L6. With the lift placed at the front entry, the overall building volume became an awkward shape. The fire code also stipulated that scissors stairs at the back of the site, resulting in the stairs, toilets and lift occupied more than one-third of each floor.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is located in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. It is near the former Kai Tak Airport and the infamous Kowloon Walled City. Kowloon City is one of the oldest town in Hong Kong. The design started in April 2015 and completed in July 2015. The completion of construction was 13 June 2018.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The building is a reinforced concrete structurally and reinforced concrete for all walls. The building is finished with glazed tiles of different colours. Some neon light signage inspired red highlighting tiles. The triangular shaped glass and windows were custom made for the project. It was required to be tested by the authority. The triangular operable windows were also subjected to scrutiny. Large overboard signage is incorporated as an extension of the building, rather than a stand-alone element.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site area: 111.2 sqm, Total Non-Domestic gfa: 405 sqm, Total Domestic gfa: 125 sqm, Total area: 830 sqm. Construction cost: hkd 42.2 mil. Cost per sqm: hkd 50,800. Building use: Ground level, Level 1 and Level 2 are retail floors. Level 3 and Level 4 are studio units, Level 5 and Level 6 are firefighting tanks and equipment.

TAGS:
46 FLT, Kowloon City, Siong Vui Choong, A.Lead Architects, Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon Walled City, David Yeow

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We researched the surrounding context and existing neighbourhood, the demolished Kowloon Walled City and the history of Kowloon City with an old Chinese custom building. Mixed-use is a major feature of Chinese colonial buildings of the 19th century as most people live and worked in the same building. A few selected features from Kowloon Walled City were constantly referred to, namely: rooftop garden, neon signs, exposed pipework, stylised window frames with triangular lines at 22 degrees.

CHALLENGE:
Situated on a tiny site of a former substation, local planning and building regulations dictated the volume and fire escape requirement and firefighting tanks on the top two floors. The challenge was to make an awkward shaped building volume looked aesthetically eye-catching within an old neighbourhood. The triangular operable window has met considerable technical challenge during the design and manufacturing process. Another challenge is to mindful of the budget, use cost-effective materials and nothing extravagant while still aesthetically pleasing.

ADDED DATE:
2019-03-08 15:29:33

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Principal: Randy Mok, Design Director: Siong Vui Choong, Project Architect: Kentis Beh and Submission: Andy Wu

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer David Yeow,
Image #2: Photographer David Yeow,
Image #3: Photographer David Yeow,
Image #4: Photographer David Yeow,
Image #5: Photograph supplied by the client,

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to A.Lead Architects Ltd. Project was completed in conjunction with Siong Vui Choong. Interior Design by K&C Creation Ltd.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
A.Lead Architects in collaboration with Vui Choong

PROFILE:
A. Lead Architects Ltd (formerly Peter T.F Poon & Associates Ltd since the 1970s) offers multi-disciplinary services of planning, architectural design, renovation, repairing works, landscape design, interior design and structural design with consultancy comprising of a wide range of project. These include large scale residential developments, commercial/office developments, a banking office, luxury residential developments, clubhouses, and recreational centers, factory buildings, specialist industrial building, social welfare centers, kindergartens, renovation/interior design works, etc. Our expert constancy and advice consolidate the client's intention and offer unlimited opportunities and invaluable information in formulating design brief and development policy. The firm perpetually endeavors to provide quality service at a personalized professional level which is an essential element for excellent design and efficient project management. This renders the firm perceptive response and maximum flexibility to the Clients' requirements.

NOMINATION DETAILS

46 Kowloon City Mixed Used Building by Siong Vui Choong is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

46 Kowloon City Mixed Used Building by Siong Vui Choong is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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