MVRDV has begun construction on an adaptive reuse project that will transform a former warehouse in Hong Kong’s newly designated business area of East Kowloon - the Kwun Tong district - into a “luxurious loft style working environment” for creative companies. The 14-story structure will be stripped down to its raw concrete bones and reconstructed with glass and stainless steel to provide up to 37 naturally lit, affordable office units.
The conversion will be a key project in the transformation of the former industrial district. Occupying a corner on Wai Yip Street, the site will offer views to Victoria Harbor and direct access to the future Kai Tak ferry terminal. Ground floor shops and restaurants will activate the street, while interior service cores are treated as transparent communal spaces. Topping the structure will be a shared terrace used for breaks and informal meeting areas.
To liven the rear facade, which faces a disused service alley, MVRDV hopes to transform the narrow strip into a usable and attractive public space, once more buildings on Wai Yip Street have been converted
Completion is scheduled for September 2015.
LocationCheung Fai Building, 41-51 Cheung Wah Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong (SAR)
Local ArchitectsRaymond Chan Surveyors Ltd.
Structural AdvisorsAC Technik (HK) Ltd., E & M advisors VIGOR Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Cost AdvisorRider Levett Bucknall
PhotographsCourtesy of MVRDV