Located in the heart of Hong Kong central business district, a redevelopment project in Murray Road is replacing a multi-storey car park to create an urban oasis adjacent to Chater Garden within a short walking distance to Central and Admiralty MTR stations.
The building features curved glass facade to enhance the seamless connectivity between the interior, surrounding gardens and city beyond. Its base is elevated to provide space for sheltered courtyards and gardens. Echoing the organic forms of the natural world, it creates new public plazas that flow into the generous communal spaces of the interior.
BLOSSOMING FLOWER-INSPIRED STRUCTURE
The design reinterprets the structural forms of a blossoming Bauhinia bud. High-tensile steel structure provides 26-metres wide span of column-free, Super Grade A office space with 5 metres floor-to-floor height giving maximum flexibility. Its vertical core is located on the eastern side of the building to provide office space with views of Chater Garden and the city’s renowned skyline to the west.
Started in 2019, a top-down construction method is employed to accelerate the redevelopment programme by working on deep basement and above-ground simultaneously. Material choice for this project emphasized carbon reductions and the use of recycled materials by integrating the advanced design, construction and operational technologies.
ADVANCED MATERIAL AND BUILDING FEATURES
Designed to withstand the region’s powerful summer typhoons, the facade comprises four-ply, double-laminated, double-curved insulated glass units, the first of their kind in Hong Kong, to effectively insulate the building thus reducing cooling load as well as providing high resilience against strong wind.
The design has achieved LEED Platinum Level Pre-certification and WELL Platinum Pre-certification (Core & Shell) together with the highest 3-star Ratings of China Green Building Design Label and China Healthy Building Design Label. The design, procurement and construction aspects target full certification at occupancy. Reduction in energy consumption required by these certifications is achieved through various technologies involved in the building operational.
Featuring hybrid ventilation, controlled by the building automated management system, enables all office levels to be naturally ventilated. When required, this natural ventilation can be supplemented with mechanical dehumidification and filtration to further enhance the indoor environment and air quality.
The building air quality monitoring system will detect the degree of occupancy in all area and automatically adjust indoor air temperature, humidity and fresh air volume to meet the demand. These smart systems will accurately predict daily occupancy trends to further increase efficiency, thus reducing energy consumption.
Project Name: Murray Road Project
Location: 2 Murray Road, Hong Kong
Status of Construction: Under construction
Expected Completion: 2023
Gross Floor Area:43,200 square metres
Building Height: 190 metres (36 levels including ground, 5 below ground)
Developer: Henderson Land Development Co Ltd
Design Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Lead Architect & AP: Ronald Lu & Partners
Building Services Engineering: WSP Asia
Structural & Geotechnical Engineering: LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Steel); C M Wong & Associates; Eckersley O’Callaghan Asia (Footbridges & Banquet Hall)
Facade Engineering: Group 5F & Meinhardt Facade Technology (Hong Kong)
Sustainability & Civil Engineering: IT Consultant – Microsoft x Arup Cyber Security Consultant – PwC
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Lighting Consultant: LichtVision & Speirs + Major (Landscape & Media Façade)
Landscape Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture & Earthasia
Traffic Consultant: MVA (Hong Kong)
Acoustic Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke
Vibration Consultant: C.F. Ng and Associates
Security Consultant: UCS Hong Kong
Signage & Wayfinding Consultant: Atelier Pacific