Feng Shui Apartments
Looking outside of the box, true potential was discovered for this site.
Country: Hong Kong
Services: Architecture Master Planning Alterations / Additions
Budget: $100 million HKD
HSBC invited ten practices to compete in a design competition for the refurbishment of their 1950s apartment block, Feng Shui on the Peak. Having worked closely with property developers, MAP’s winning strategy focused on asking the question – “What is the site’s true development potential?”
MAP put forward two proposals; the first stuck to the brief – to renovate the existing building and eight executive apartments, whereas the second design recommended creating four larger luxury duplex apartments with internal stairs to provide access to the roof and views of Victoria Harbour.
The existing apartments were poorly planned with awkward level changes and unsightly down beams, and, when the front door was open, the sight line led directly into the master bedroom. MAP lowered ceilings to conceal beams, double-loaded the hallway to provide further accommodation, leveled the floors, and integrated the balconies seamlessly into the rooms. Interiors were provided for new kitchen/family room and bathrooms.
Enhanced facilities were proposed for the redevelopment which included a residents’ dining club and a new entrance and lobby. The renovation of the building itself included re-cladding and re-servicing the apartments. The car park and drop off areas were re-planned and a garden wall included to separate the communal lawn from the driveway and creating an outdoor room.
Sustainable features included high-tech windows integrated with external retractable sun shades, an insulated roof, and solar water heating and LED lighting, along with a recycle-friendly garbage room and a bicycle storage room.