A new spin on Hong Kong

Wednesday 23 Mar 2011

Asynsis present their horizontal observation wheel on Victoria Harbour

The Hong Kong Spin is a live proposal to the stakeholders of Hong Kong by Asynsis, along with ongoing partners Aedas and Arup.

This concept design is for a landmark observation tower at the end of the Kai Tak runway - or other Victoria harbour alternatives, such as West Kowloon Cultural District - in Hong Kong.

It is intended as an icon of sustainability because of its use of renewable wind, tidal and solar energy, and to be carbon neutral by virtue of carbon-offsetting the construction footprint through tree planting in arid, drought-stricken areas in China. Hong Kong is likely to be a global centre for carbon trading, hence the tower combining the Chinese character 'Zhong' and the Greek letter 'Phi' represents the 'fusion cuisine' success of the 'one country - two systems' formula, and so immediately becomes a natural brand for Hong Kong and for sustainability itself. It should have a similar iconic identity as the Eiffel Tower does for Paris and the London Eye for London.

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