A tower facade provides a reinterpretation of Hong Kong's street life
Tange Associates' eye-catching 24-storey facade of The One, the first vertical shopping mall of this kind, is an interpretation of Hong Kong's lively and eclectic street life. The varied and original exterior design identifies the multiple functions inside - restaurants, retail shops, fitness clubs and cinemas.
Tange Associates' interpretation of Hong Kong's identity is an amalgam of characteristics and spaces that can be experienced with the five senses. The different depths, materials and innovative elements of the facade, as well as the medley of tenants from elegant restaurants to fast food booths, from high-end boutiques to simple retailers pay homage to the busy and diverse Hong Kong street culture, which is rapidly disappearing as the old character of the city is replaced by often common, nondescript buildings. The façade offers a different atmosphere at night when the vibrant composition is animated by the illumination of the interior lights.
The open terraces, roof gardens on three levels and terrace restaurants provide not only green spaces for relaxation, but also increase the building's sustainability. Additionally, the facade's surface variation creates a wind-breaking effect at street level, reducing the wind impact on pedestrians. The balanced use of different types of glass and metals on the exterior serves to create comfortable interior spaces.
Although the long, narrow building site was a challenge for the floor planning, the strategically placed the atrium, escalators and elevators generate a pleasant and exciting circulation and flow of movement for visitors, as if they were walking the streets of Hong Kong. As the tallest retail complex in Hong Kong, The One's distinctive facade is well recognised not only from the surrounding areas, but also from across the harbor on Hong Kong Island, making it a new landmark on Nathan Road.