frank gehry: opus hong kong
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may 15, 2012
frank gehry: opus hong kong


‘opus hong kong’ by frank gehry, happy valley, hong kong
all images © swire properties ltd.

canadian-born and los angeles-based architect frank gehry has completed ‘opus hong kong’, a residential property positioned on top of a winding
hillside road in the metropolitan city. the tower is comprised of 12 residential units, two double-level garden suites with private swimming pools
on the lower levels, and 10 custom apartments, each occupying an entire floor with unprecedented 360° views, ranging from 560 – 640 sqm in space.

‘I designed the building for hong kong, to respond to the unique conditions of the city. you wouldn’t build this anywhere else.’
– frank gehry


site context

the high-rise’s helical external structure reduces the need for
load-bearing walls, which allows the open-plan apartments to flow around
a central core. the sinuous façade of the tower is composed
almost entirely of glass creating a surface of delicacy
against the rich green of the hillside filling the interiors with light. the exterior of the building turns as it rises giving the rooms a unique floor plan
and its own spectacular outlook of the city below and the landscape. each suite has a series of balconies conceived as ‘boat decks’
that are
carefully orientated to make the most of the dramatic panorama. 

the structure is grounded in an array of artfully stacked planter boxes clad in spanish stone that highlight the ascending spiral of the
glass-clad
columns. the southwest and southeast corners of the building are expressed as two solid towers finished in amber stone.
they accommodate the kitchen and utility rooms and also reduce exposure to glare during sunrise and sunset.


surrounding landscape


glass clad columns


boat deck balconies


wrap around windows


curving columns


stone towers


double-level garden apartments


stone foundation


sky terrace


interiors designed by yabu pushelberg
living area


dining area


master ensuite


construction


massing


models


models


technical drawing


(left) ground level a
(right) ground level b


(left) level 2
(right) level 3


(left) level 5
(right) level 6


(left) level 7
(right) level 8


(left) level 9
(right) level 10


(left) level 11
(right) level 12

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