Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Located behind a new waterfront promenade with unobstructed view, this extensive development aims to provide around 900 high-end residences with total floor area of about 66,000m2 split into mid-rise towers and private houses. The main bulk of the towers consists of “typical” flats in various configuration and sizes, topped by exclusive penthouses with private amenities, and lower floor units at the base of the towers with private terraces. The elevated houses either have panoramic views or an intimate view of the calming lagoon in the central garden. Each house is provided with its own front and back yards and an exclusive basement car port, and some houses have rooftop jacuzzis.
A 2-storey retail podium anchors the towers and cradles a central landscape garden/lagoon with an underground clubhouse below. In response to the Lease’s non-building area requirement it is broken down into separate blocks to provide breezeways over the central garden, but continuity is maintained through a network of footbridges and elevated shopping streets on the podium’s external face. Together with G/F shops that open onto pavements at grade, this podium design brings the bustling commercial activities outside to invigorate the streetscape. Such urban consideration is sorely needed over the oft-done, but inherently detrimental, inward-facing podium and the inevitably deserted streets that surround it.