Hong Kong's first pre-certified LEED Platinum building opens in Causeway Bay
International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), has recently announced the opening of Hysan Place, a LEED Platinum-certified landmark located in the heart of Hong Kong’s prime shopping mecca, Causeway Bay. KPF was part of a team of three architectue firms with Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Limited and Benoy Architects.
It is the first building in Hong Kong to be pre-certified at the highest Platinum level by the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard (LEED). Developed by the area’s largest commercial landlord, Hysan, the project is the first Grade-A office building introduced to Causeway Bay in 15 years, and is situated above 17 floors of retail space in a vibrant mixed-use development.
Construction was carried out in an environmentally responsible manner, particularly with respect to resource waste management. The building design intends to enhance occupier health and productivity by introducing enhanced day lighting, individual occupant control of natural ventilation, and public access to sky gardens into its design approach. Environmentally-considerate features have been incorporated, including reduced operational CO2 emissions, and the provision of more choice in creating a suitable working environment for occupiers.
“Consistent with Hysan’s longstanding reputation for delivering pioneering developments, and guided by the late Chairman Peter Lee, our aim was to design a building that was not only progressive in terms of its sustainable specifications, but one that would remain competitive for many years to come through planning flexibility,” said Robert Whitlock, KPF Design Principal. “We are confident that the design and architecture of the building will lend itself to be commercially successful, in addition to being environmentally responsible.”
The 36-storey, mixed-use office and retail building, with four additional levels of basement and a gross floor area totalling around 710,000 sq ft, is also the northern gateway to the Hysan portfolio in Causeway Bay.
The project is developed as a series of shifting forms, each designed to optimise the internal planning of the functions within. These forms are arranged to project the vertical gardens over the height of the building – Peter Lee’s concept to provide multi story rooftop retreats for users and openings for the breeze to pass through the building.
Sustainable Design has been fundamental to both the brief and the resultant concept of the scheme, resulting in the region’s first LEED Platinum pre-certified commercial project. Hysan Development Company Limited is a leading property investment, management and development company in Hong Kong with an investment property portfolio of over 4 million square feet of high quality office, retail and residential space. With much of their portfolio residing in Causeway Bay, this is their first foray into highly-sustainability projects.
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox; Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Limited; Benoy Architects
Developer: Hysan Development Company Limited
Main Contractor: Gammon Construction Limited