Hong Kong-based architectural and design firm ARK Associates has created V Point in Causeway Bay as a new landmark in the district
Causeway Bay has long been a popular spot among local Hong Kong people and tourists as one of the city’s leading shopping districts, and joining the shopping and dining offers in the area is the new V Point, designed by local architectural firm ARK Associates.
Spanning 12,457 sq-m, the building has a unique curtain wall consisting of a series of tilted triangular planes which mimics the shape of gemstone, reflecting sunlight at different angles to give the façade a kaleidoscopic quality. The silhouette of the strong sculptural form also changes when viewed from different angles.
High-rise towers in Hong Kong usually meet the ground with a podium that has a larger floor plate, hence increasing the commercial area on the ground floor. In the design of V Point, the podium takes advantage of a relaxed building code by setting back eight per cent of the site area of the frontage to allow a higher height for the podium, resulting in more retail space that can be allocated at lower floors, and the pavement widened.
The main façade of the building comprises a glass curtain wall. The glass is a double-glazed low emissivity (Low-E) reflective glass to meet the energy efficiency standards in Hong Kong. The silver reflective coating gives the building gemstone-like appearance.
The design of public areas such as the main lobby is in line with the tower as geometrical cuts and angles apply.