frank gehry: opus hong kong
frank gehry: opus hong kong frank gehry: opus hong kong
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





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

  • why always SOOO complicated… twice expensive, and who will clean those glass tubes inside…?…isn’t better to have clean, square spaces…?

    osiolek says:
  • do the glass tubes have a unction?

    cj says:
  • These are superlux apartments, one per floor, nearly 7,000 square feet. For Putin’s pals who now own Russia’s mines and oil fields, or dope-peddling criminals (if there is a difference), and their bimbos. All the more disgusting. Enjoy the money, Frank.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • pretty amazing!

    mash says:
  • Looks like someone copied Gehry. Oh wait, it is Gehry…
    Somehow it looks already “old”, as if it was build in the 80’s.

    oliver says:
  • It’s not old, it’s kitsch.

    Mikael says:
  • what comes to mind is modern gaudi.

    pp says:
  • terrible, old fashioned rubbish. the glass tubes are an embarassing waste of money!

    RW says:
  • I love the whole interaction with the building against the landscape. They have a dialogue between each other that is really beautiful. Can’t wait to visit hong kong and see the tower sway.

    Chantal K. says:
  • hideous! OMG. i’m speechless. looks like.. OMG. speechless.

    jonas says:
  • Don’t like it … pas beau du tout je trouve.

    CB says:
  • Such a waste of nice green space…hideous monument to 12 gigantic egos

    Eric says:
  • this is crazy. love it

    benjamin says:
  • A primeira vista é bem interessante ….. mas analisando detalhadamente tudo é muito frio, distante, arrogante para uma casta endinheirada que não está aí para nada além de seu orgulho material !!!! Mais uma área verde linda que vai para o espaço. Descontrução por desconstrução o George Pompidou dá de 1000… é mais honesto com as pessoas.

    manoel lorena says:
  • rubbish! You ruined a nice place…

    jb says:
  • Wow… so very beautiful!

    Nicole Baumgarten says:
  • the glass tubes are likely to become very moldy over time given the type of humid climate in Hong Kong. It is supposed have access to a magnificent view of the harbour, yet there are too much distractions from the mullions, structure, curved glass…etc.

    douglas says:
  • The glass tubes will look horrible in 6 months time, I live in HK and the rain here leaves dirty residue on glass as well as plastered or painted surfaces. It has to be cleaned every 6 months or it will build up and look really grotty. I don’t see any way that the internal surfaces of the glass or the column itself can be cleaned. I hope that they thought of the solution to this and I am missing something, but if not it is a massive oversight..

    Michael Paterson says:
  • I love the movement of that gehry has done with this building. Glass, bricks, steel, they are all working together to create a truly unique residential tower.

    Steven T. says:
  • Rich being the operative word here.

    Adam Nowek says:
  • When Caricature take over Architecture

    Masoud S. says:
  • Are they building a Toon Town in Hong Kong

    Sam D. says:
  • It\’s a monster coming out of the beautiful green mountain about to destroy HK.
    His buildings are constantly screaming \”look at me, look a me\”
    Gehry is all about shocking, about not blending, about ego.

    Tumm / California says:
  • One whole building. 12 apartments. I can’t grasp it. How can you possibly relate to aesthetics or logic of the structure as it lacks human values ​​and ethics. This is exactly why I study architecture ….

    H.R.Ziserman says:
  • This is what happens when too much wealth is aggregated by too few at the expense of too many. Bring in the clowns. There already here.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • Imagine! Light and air in Hong Kong! Space! Separated from the congestion of the central city.
    If you can afford it . . . . Others live in 100 sq. ft. or less.

    Equality or Privilege?

    RJD says:
  • LOVE IT!

    Peter says:
  • Interesting design but not architecture that the great setting deserves & yearns for.

    Y. B. Tomm A.I.A. says:

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