Hysan Place, Hong Kong
Thursday 13 Dec 2012
Landmark retail destination in Hong Kong; New urban landmark destination for the heart of Hong Kongs retail district. Designed to create a new landmark, urban retail destination, Hysan Place is situated at the heart of the busy Causeway Bay shopping district of Hong Kong. The mall includes 42,000sqm of retail space uniquely spread vertically over 17 levels.
The concept of the interior design was to create a contemporary retail personality, reflecting the brief to celebrate themes ‘feminine, natural, young and fun’ and to create a centre for ‘all things stylish’. The interior space has been zoned into two distinct key areas, with the lower floors given to retail with the upper floors as F&B.
For each area the space is dominated by spectacular stacked atria, used to draw in natural light giving a unique atmosphere. The stacked design creates a dramatic geometry to the interior, leading the visitor upwards and onwards. These features have introducing stunning signature lines for the space, creating curved sculptural forms to the interior. In the lower retail area the interiors have been kept clean and neutral with fresh monochrome palette used. Subtle LED lighting introduced to add interest to the space. Glass balustrades were installed to create the feeling of additional space and improve the sight lines to store frontage across the retail space.
The F&B floors have a distinctly different feeling, here an intimate and inviting atmosphere encourages the visitor to pause and dwell. To add warmth to the design the void edges and escalator housing are created in wood appearance. The flooring has been created laid in a sweeping, curved manner that echoes the geometric architectural lines. The main floor material is regional reconstituted stone tiles, wooden panelled elements have then been introduced to add interest to the design. The timber flooring was sourced from 200 year old recycled teak that injects another level of character to the interior.
Quirky graphical street art style imagery were used throughout, we introduced some of these into spaces that you would not expect to find them, even in the private spaces of washroom facilities. This ‘fun’ and playful approach appeals to the target youth demographic. Other graphical representations reveal themselves and then disappear as you move, such as the large scale pixelated images on the lift car lobbies and in forced perspective imagery at the express escalators.
The many thousands of mirrored panels in the express escalator reveal a reflected somewhat abstract view of the external city streets. LEED Platinum standard development, the first of its kind in Hong Kong.