It's a tough time for tourism around the world. But when traffic starts to flow again, visitors to Hong Kong's famous Peak are in for a very pleasant surprise.
Re-opened late last year after a two-and-a-half-year makeover, Peak Galleria rises like a dazzling gemstone on Victoria Peak, commanding spectacular views over the harbour and beyond.
Tasked with revitalizing the tired landmark building, designer and project architect Aedas has brilliantly achieved three objectives:
• created an eye-catching entrance resonating with the city's image as the Pearl of the Orient,
• dramatically improved the circulation flow and visual experience within the complex, and
• enhanced the interaction with the surrounding landscape by creating new alfresco dining options and redeveloping the viewing platforms.
The first thing that strikes visitors, whether they arrive by road or the historic Peak Tram, is the impressive curved glass and steel structure which conjures up a feeling of a glowing gem. By day, the triangular glass panels on the curtain wall's diamond-cut pattern sparkle in the sunlight. At night, LED lights explode on the grid shell structure like a meteor shower.
Bright new interiors, including a Rainbow Corridor, outdoor restaurants and play areas, and an inspiring culture and art space, complete the project which Aedas Executive Director Ed Lam believes will rapidly become an inseparable part of urban life in Hong Kong. “More and more people are choosing Peak Galleria as their weekend destination for family gatherings," he says.
Lam reckons the best refurbishments not only bring buildings back to life. They return both the space and soul of the development to the city. The new-look Peak Galleria does that and more, and resumes its rightful place as a must-do experience for visitors and locals alike.