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Hong Kong Avenue of Stars reopens with new look

by Hannah Grogan on Feb 1, 2019 in Architecture , Top Story
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Hong Kong Avenue of Stars (Asia’s equivalent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame) officially reopened this week following a makeover and revitalisation from New York High Line architect James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)

After a temporary closure, the newly revitalised Avenue of Stars has received a contemporary makeover from New World Development (NWD) and acclaimed New York High Line architect James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), is again open to the public.

The project is the result of a close collaboration between Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of NWD, and James Corner, Founding Partner and CEO of JCFO. JCFO brought inspiration from their New York High Line Project, with other firms lending their expertise on the project as well. Including the participation of international lighting architect Speirs & Major (S+M) and homegrown firm LAAB.

"It was Adrian's idea and priority to completely renovate and update the Tsim Tsa Tsui waterfront. I myself have enjoyed a very positive and creative relationship with Adrian,” said James Corner on collaborating with Cheung. “He brings a good deal of vision, aspiration, imagination and leadership to the table, enabling this new waterfront to be a special mix of dynamic public features with the arts, culture, varied social amenities and the Harbourfront itself, which was Adrian's original vision – a global landmark."Hong Kong Avenue of Stars aerialThe New York High Line is one of JCFO's most notable urban revitalisation projects and it inspired their design for the Avenue. The main similarities between the High Line and the Avenue is that they are both elevated walks or promenades with amazing views and experiences.

They are not parks or plazas or squares, but linear journeys

The new design from JCFO is more than a replacement for what previous stood, says the firm. It offers a complete revamp in terms of social amenities, experience and diversity. It provides plenty of places, shades and seating for people to sit and enjoy the views, and people-watch, and allows themselves to become part of the scene.Hong Kong Avenue of StarsThe sculptural design with new materials, lighting, shade trellises, plantings and furnishings were all sustainably sourced and built, and offer durable and resilient long-term qualities. Energy usage is minimized, maintenance requirements simplified, and operational issues designed to reduce waste and promote recycling. The design provides low-glare surfaces and ample shade, as well as diverse plantings that support various forms of life and bio-diversity. All of these sustainability elements have made the Avenue to become the first outdoor space in China to receive SITES Gold accreditation. SITES is an internationally recognized certification programme for sites with or without buildings such as national parks, school campus, and outdoor space like the Avenue of Stars.Hong Kong Avenue of Stars reopensInspired by the movement of waves, the strengthened waterfront rail cladding serves as a wave break to minimise wave damage on the shore and reduce storm effects. Clad in custom sculpted precast concrete that encourages underwater habitation and composed of interlocking panels to offer additional structural strength. The effects of potential typhoons are also countered with interlocking concrete pavers to withstand submerged conditions, while the trellises form windbreaks upon the shore. New wave-shaped paving patterns throughout the Avenue unify and enhance the identity of the place and light coloured paving facing the harbour reduces radiant heat.

The Avenue also features lighting elements from award-winning international lighting architect Speirs & Major (S+M). One of the Avenue's signature design features is the lighting system concealed inside the cladding which gently illuminates the water flowing beneath the pedestrian deck after dark. The multifunctional LED lamp posts developed by S+M include lighting, WiFi and mobile signals, security cameras, speakers and power supplies all in one to provide comprehensive and sustainable amenities for all visitors.Night viewThe Avenue now also features a number of kiosk and mobile carts selling local food and souvenirs. Designed by local Hong Kong design and architect firm LAAB exclusively for the Avenue, the Harbour Kiosk is a piece of robotic architecture that integrates a food kiosk and a mechanical room. The Kiosk reinterprets the architecture of local market stalls. Combining the food kiosk with an E&M machine room nearby maximises public functions and blends in by borrowing the architectural language of several surrounding pieces.

The Harbour Kiosk is a piece of robotic architecture that integrates a food kiosk and a mechanical room. The Kiosk reinterprets the architecture of local market stalls

There are seven Mobile Carts near the Avenue. Just like the Harbour Kiosk, these Mobile Carts open during the day and close at night. Their overhead solar panels turn sunlight into electricity to support their activities.Hong Kong Avenue of Stars Kiosk designed by LAAB

The revitalised Avenue of Stars is a close collaboration between Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of NWD, and James Corner, Founding Partner and CEO of JCFO

The revitalised Avenue of Stars is a close collaboration between Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of NWD, and James Corner, Founding Partner and CEO of JCFO

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