中国,香港,太古广场/ Thomas Heatherwick

英国建筑师Thomas Heatherwick最近对香港商业区的太古广场进行了翻新设计,石材立面如荡漾的波纹包裹在建筑的外侧。

太古广场最初建于上世纪80年代,广场原先为4栋大厦,分别为写字楼、酒店与豪华公寓。

平天窗取代了原有的金字塔形天窗,不但保证了建筑内部充足的自然光线,还将屋顶转变为一处公共露台。

在屋顶新建了一家餐馆,餐厅的屋顶极富特色,折叠钢天花板的外形如同一个个漩涡。

Heatherwick也在建筑周围安装了一套全新的标识系统,用来协助游客认路。

Thomas Heatherwick最近还为一间英国修道院设计了一套家具——我们之前曾经报道过,点击这里可见。

Iwan Bann摄影。

以下为开发商(即客户)Swire Pacific提供的文本:

太古广场简介

太古广场是一个规模大、质量高的多功能建筑开发项目,在香港中央商务区占据了大约510万平方英尺(47.4万平方米)的建筑面积。广场还连接着金钟地铁站,也可以使用其他各种交通方式到达。

自1988年建成以来,太古广场如今已容纳了近130家店铺和服装精品店,以及两家最主要的百货公司,其中尽是琳琅满目的流行时尚品牌与国际奢侈品牌。

作为太古广场翻新设计项目的总设计师,Thomas Heatherwick运用了一种有机的全新设计法,采用天然的造型和材料给太古广场带来了一种潺潺流动之感。

建筑师使用了天然石材和带有纹理的Tektura壁纸等材料来增加扁平表面的深度,而木材被用来消除锋利的边角,在综合体中创造出更为自然流畅之感。

该翻新项目自从2007年动工以来,已在其上花费了超过160万个工时。

用于翻新的材料包括石灰石,使用面积超过3600平方米,Bedonia石的应用也成为新设计的特色之一,而在四楼的景观设计中运用的植物种类更是达72种之多。

除了太古广场购物中心温暖的氛围与柔和的设计之外,游客还能在这里尽情享受购物的乐趣,这里融汇了各种高端品牌专卖店和各种精品店,其中包括哈维?尼克斯高级百货公司、英国香料品牌祖?马龙,以及精品旅行配件公司——Tumi。太古广场中新安装了一套音乐系统,能不断播放交织着自然声响的音乐,为人们的购物之旅带来了更多享受。同时,通往停车场的新自动扶梯和重新设计的泡泡电梯更加便于游客进出。洗手间设施也经历了升级改造,全新的设计在现代化的建筑中令游客体验到一种空间的奢华之感。太古广场在其内外翻新及建筑改造上共计花费约20亿港元。

太古广场翻新项目的完工开启了该购物中心的新时代,巩固了其作为香港顶级购物场所的地位。


Waves of stone ripple around the corners of a Hong Kong shopping centre that was recently renovated by British designer Thomas Heatherwick.

Pacific Place was originally constructed in the 1980s and is located at the base of four towers, which house offices, hotels and luxury apartments.

Flat skylights replace the previous pyramid-shaped ones to maintain natural daylight inside the building whilst allowing the roof to be converted into a public terrace.

A new restaurant has been constructed on this level, featuring a swirling ceiling of folded steel.

Heatherwick has also installed a new signage system around the building, helping visitors find their way around.

Thomas Heatherwick also recently completed furniture for an English abbey

Photography is by Iwan Bann.

Here’s a little more text from the client, developer Swire Pacific:

About Pacific Place

Pacific Place is a large scale, high quality, mixed-use development encompassing floor space of approximately 5.19 million sq ft by gross floor area in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is linked to Admiralty MTR station, with connections to other modes of transport.

Since its inception in 1988, Pacific Place now houses nearly 130 shops and boutiques and two major department stores, collectively offering an array of contemporary fashion and international luxury brands.

The mastermind behind the Pacific Place contemporisation project, Thomas Heatherwick, took an organic approach to the new design, using natural forms and materials to bring a sense of fluidity to Pacific Place.

Materials such as natural stone and textured Tektura wallpaper were used to add a sense of depth to otherwise flat surfaces, whilst wood was manipulated to eliminate angular edges and create a more natural flowing sensation within the complex.

Over 1.6 million man-hours have been spent on the contemporisation project since it was initiated in 2007.

Materials used in the renovation include over 3,600 sqm of Limestone and Bedonia stone were also featured in the new design, with 72 variations of plant species employed for the landscaping of the level 4 area.

Besides the warmer ambience and softer design of the mall, visitors can also enjoy a new selection of high-end brands and stores at Pacific Place, including luxury department store, Harvey Nichols, British fragrance brand, Jo Malone, and travel accessory company, Tumi. Journeys through the mall are more enjoyable with a new music system continuously playing music tracks interwoven with natural sounds, whilst new escalators to the carpark levels and redesigned bubble lifts make access easier. The washroom facilities have also experienced an upgrade, with a new design which affords visitors the luxury of space in a modern setting. In total, the interior, exterior, and architectural refinements to Pacific Place have cost approximately HK$2 billion.

The substantial completion of the Pacific Place contemporisation project marks a new era for Pacific Place, reinforcing its reputation as a premier shopping destination in Hong Kong.