The Netherlands-based firm MVRDV are currently transforming The Cheung Fai Building in East Kowloon, Hong Kong
In one of the pioneer projects of the Kwun Tong district, this conversion sees the transformation of the former warehouse into a series of office spaces for creative companies. The 14-storey building offers views of Victoria Harbour from its Wai Yip Street location and will also include shops, restaurants and a ground-floor car park area. This is the first conversion by MVRDV to be realised in Hong Kong, and it is hoped that it will be completed by September, 2015.
Restricted by building regulations, the firm has opted to create well-lit spaces through loft-style designs which expose the raw structure and is complemented with glass finishing. Glass is inserted between columns and beams as floor and ceiling finishes, clearly distinguishing old and new and showing how the building works right down to the installations. For the facade, all non-load bearing elements have been replaced with glass, allowing the maximum amount of light to reach into the interior. The top floor is slated to include a communal terrace for workers to relax in or use for meetings.