First look at Gehry's new residential building
OPUS HONG KONG, a new luxury residential property designed by Frank Gehry for Swire Properties has opened in Hong Kong. Located on Stubbs Road on The Peak, the sculptural 12-storey building houses two double-level garden apartments and 10 apartments of some 6,000 sq ft, each with a unique floor plan and each occupying a full floor.
“With its remarkable views and lush green hillside, OPUS HONG KONG’s extraordinary location offered us the opportunity to create something unique, something that is unlikely to be replicated anywhere else”, said Frank Gehry. “The building has been designed to enhance and reflect Hong Kong’s distinctive landscape and is custom-made for the city it overlooks”.
The unconventional structure has a spiraling series of graceful curving facades replacing the traditional grid outlines of a monolithic apartment block. In keeping with its natural setting, Gehry took an organic approach to the design of the building, which features finely tuned glass enclosed columns twisting around the building like reeds swaying in a breeze.
The structure’s helical form also allows the open plan apartments to flow around the building’s central core, with the sinuous façade of the building comprised almost entirely of glass. As a result the interiors are light and airy with minimal interruptions to the view.
“Working with Swire Properties has been a great experience,” said Gehry. “They are very well educated to the issue of creative spirit in architecture. I sincerely hope the people of Hong Kong will be as excited as we are at this new addition to their extraordinary city.”