InnoCell, the first high-rise building that adopted MiC in Hong Kong

A co-living residential project located at Hong Kong Science Park, InnoCell comprises shared working spaces and ancillary facilities, such as gymnasium, games room, bars, function rooms and kitchens to bring people together to create a more holistic lifestyle.

Its design seeks to promote a self-sufficient community where the residents could enjoy living in their modular units whilst being closely connected with one another through the diverse programmes.

The InnoCell design process saw the prototyping of Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) components using 3D printing, along with the use of virtual reality and Building Information Modeling (BIM).

BIM was used in the design stage to enhance safety, quality and productivity during the process. All coordination footpaths and spatial geometries were well recorded in the BIM model towards the construction stage, upholding a single source of project information for all involved. To minimise the noise nuisance caused by module transportation, drones, photogrammetry and BIM animation were utilised to simulate the optimal swept path and transportation route with the minimum sound levels. Furthermore, since BIM was fully utilised in project design and construction stages, it also improved building quality and facilitated coordination, allowing conflicts to be foreseen and resolved, avoiding wastage on site.

This is an excerpt. The original article is published in Construction+ Q1 2022 Issue: Upskilling The Workforce.
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Project Name
1 Chong San Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Completion Date
Q4 2020
Site Area
Approx. 3,000 square metres
Gross Floor Area
15,300 square metres
Building Height
17 storeys
Number of Units
392 units
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Architecture Firm
Leigh & Orange Limited
Principal Architect
Ivy Lee
Interior Design Firm
Leigh & Orange Limited
Civil & Structural Engineer
WSP (HK) Limited
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners (HK) Limited
Quantity Surveyor
Currie & Brown Limited
Landscape Architect
Adrian L. Norman Limited
BEAM+, Environmental, Acoustic & Sustainability Consultant
Allied Environmental Consultant Limited
Main Contractor
Hip Hing Engineering Company Limited
Traffic Engineer
MVA Hong Kong Limited
Planning Engineering
Kenneth To & Associates Limited
Kris Provoost