michael young: hong kong PSi tower michael young: hong kong PSi tower
sep 19, 2010

michael young: hong kong PSi tower

rendering of the PSi tower along the hong kong harbour

british hong kong-based designer michael young has sent us a preview for a commission he was given to develop building project strategies for wanchai cultural district in hong kong. the first concept has been developed as an office complex with luxury apartments for business users and executives overlooking kowloon district. conceptually the project, based visually on the essence of ancient chinese building techniques, has been carried forward into the 21st century with its multi-faceted surface that change according to weather and light conditions.

the PSi tower in relation to hong kong’s other landmark buildings

the site measures 5-hectares. the ground level internal atrium will house public art and be for pedestrian use, and will include outdoor restaurants and outdoor seating. the upper central interior section boasts a native plantation that encloses an outdoor theater area.

left: aerial view of the tower and surrounding site right: PSi tower

young has been living in hong kong for a number of years now, and he wanted to design a building that could be understood by both local residents and at the same time appeal to an international platform. young admitted, ‘…it was a great pleasure to work on such a large-sale after watching great architects challenge the furniture industry over the years, and that finally the industry was becoming symbiotic, a natural evolution of technology and engineering.’

the hong kong skyline by night

more detailed information on the PSi tower project will be presented during 100% shanghai in early november.

how the multi-faceted surface of the PSi tower would look at night

project info: client: PSi partners & PC building corp china design michael young projects ltd.place: hong kong, china 2010 planning and consulting: porbic partners local architect: arnold woo & partners

  • I am sorry to say that this building has nothing to do with culture. It is just another expensive (to build) high-rise trying to compete with the existing ones. It looks like a giant gherkin with reflective surfaces sticking out of the Victoria Harbour. One cannot see the slightest suggestion of culture in the broadest sense. The building feels ‘inhuman’ and ‘unwelcoming’.

    From a local HK Chinese.

    kwan fung says:
  • it doesnt match hk skyline n background at all! something just huge to make itself outstanding instead of using the shape or details in a creative way to become outstanding n match the beautiful skyline n background.

    the local says:
  • looks like a sea cucumber standing on its head.

    samkoh says:
  • will be better in a smaller scale

    terrenz says:
  • kwan fung: you’re probably right in a way, but still I don’t dislike it that much, try to see it this way : part of HK and macau’s culture stands on ostentation and richness demostrations, architecture its no exception some times it assums pure pretentious gestures. I guess its the local architectural culture: to be “appellative” and “crazy” when you have the right plot and client. definitly macau is by far the most bizarre and the most kitch rich city but HK its no different only a bit more organized, formal, serious and based on british standards, but still look like a vanity fair.
    I like it!

    Macau local architect says:
  • I like it too, and despite the size it dose not feel heavy or too imposing.

    Suze says:
  • i dont care whether it deals with culture or not. as an image/architectural statement there is no right or wrong, but as a design,
    its scale makes me scared and threatened and will try to do anything to stop it from being built if it is a serious proposal.

    hk says:
  • guys: seat back, close your eyes and try to imagine the daily firework overwater that is seen by thousands of happy tourists smiling and taking pictures on both shores to the marvelous HK skyline by night…

    …and now add a maize ear on that skyline…isn’t it great over there?

    Macau local architect says:
  • Few great details, but Young please stop designing buildings.

    Peter says:
  • I don’t understand how could the building stand out so much when the photo at the left hand side shows the building is right next to IFC?

    hong kong style says:

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