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  7. Whitesands / PDP London Architects

Whitesands / PDP London Architects

  • 20:00 - 15 March, 2018
Whitesands / PDP London Architects
Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano
Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano

Clubhouse. Image © Eiichi Kano Swimming Pool. Image © Eiichi Kano First Floor Interior. Image © Eiichi Kano Front Elevation. Image © Eiichi Kano + 16

  • Client

    Swire Properties
  • Landscape Design

    Urbis Limited
  • Executive Architect

    LWK & Partners (HK) Ltd.
  • Engineer

    Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
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Front Elevation. Image © Eiichi Kano
Front Elevation. Image © Eiichi Kano

Text description provided by the architects. Whitesands is a residential development of 28 detached house nestled between the beaches of Pui O and Cheung Sha on South Lantau, Hong Kong. The development draws on the beauty of its natural setting, with each house orientated to capture panoramic views of the South China Sea and the surrounding landscape. The brief called for a contemporary development that promotes a relaxed, beach-side lifestyle. An open, community living concept was introduced early in the design process; echoing this lifestyle and influencing how we approached the design of the houses. The community concept built a picture of the development from the earliest stage; one where the spaces between buildings are as important as the spaces within and as a collective, the houses form an idyllic enclave. The clubhouse, a simple pavilion, would be a discreet but intrinsic part of the community.

Aerial View. Image © Eiichi Kano
Aerial View. Image © Eiichi Kano
Whitesands MLP
Whitesands MLP
Streetscape. Image © Eiichi Kano
Streetscape. Image © Eiichi Kano

The design approach for Whitesands draws on openness and a connection to the outdoors, not only in the physical design of the buildings but also in its social ambitions for this new community. Strong connections to the landscape are key manifestations of this approach. Every opportunity was sought to blur the boundary between indoors and outdoors, creating opportunities for residents to engage with nature and with each other. Full height glazing, uninterrupted, frameless corner windows and large, sliding doors open the houses both visually and spatially. Floor-level strip windows provide pleasing glimpses of the landscape along the boundary walls. Limestone floors run throughout the open-plan ground floor and into the garden beyond further encouraging indoor/outdoor living.

Swimming Pool. Image © Eiichi Kano
Swimming Pool. Image © Eiichi Kano

The brief also called for sensitivity to the natural landscape, working where possible with the natural grade and rock formations and preserving the native incense trees on site. This resulted in the crafting of numerous house plans, including an innovative “upside down” house; each house designed to respond to its particular, natural context. Over 10% of the materials come from recycled sources and the overall development achieves a very high level of finish despite minimal use of quarried stone. For its conscientious environmental initiatives Whitesands was awarded a BEAM+ Platinum rating.

First Floor Interior. Image © Eiichi Kano
First Floor Interior. Image © Eiichi Kano
Whitesands House Type 4 Section
Whitesands House Type 4 Section
Rear Yard. Image © Eiichi Kano
Rear Yard. Image © Eiichi Kano

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Cite: "Whitesands / PDP London Architects" 15 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/888272/whitesands-pdp-london-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Clubhouse. Image © Eiichi Kano

香港大屿山别墅 Whitesands / PDP London Architects

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