IVAN S. CHOW ARCHITECT
Missionary Ministry Resource Centre
Hong Kong, SAR
Conceptual design proposal for a $65 million development project in Hong Kong combining high-end for-sale residential units with a non-profit resource center for retired missionaries and pastors.
Project Description and Outline
project was conceived as a result of two forces: the desire of a prominent family to
memorialize its patriarch's legacy and the family’s motivation to maximize the
economic potential of this property.
on one hand, it is important to establish a comprehensive, cutting-edge ministry
resource centre for contemporary, global Christian ministry work, particularly
for retired missionaries and pastors, it is also important to secure a
reasonable financial return on any investment made in this project.
The proposed project consists of three components:
institutional component, or Ministry Resource Centre, consists of the
Primary resource functions:
B. Secondary resource functions:
Support service functions:
The residential component comprises 138 luxury for-sale condominiums ranging from a 715 square foot 1-bedroom to a 1,050 square foot 2-bedroom. All units have living room, dining area, full kitchen and an outdoor patio.
service component for the project includes 2 levels of underground
parking, on-grade valet parking, porte cochere (covered vehicular entrance),
circulation cores, restrooms, kitchen and storage areas, and equipment rooms.
Design Theme and Concept
The overall design seeks to maximize the design envelope of the building on the corner site, reaching to the boundaries at the lower podium levels, and rising a total of 27 stories above grade. The relationship with the adjacent high-rise apartment tower is a critical consideration, and the building seeks to complement rather than compete with it.
To that end, the wall facing the adjacent brick tower is designed with minimal
impact to its occupants being mostly without windows and predominately bearing
circulation components. The proposed residential tower turns itself away from
its neighbor towards the rear, allowing optimal views from both towers.
The residential tower
roughly takes the shape of a parallelogram with circulation cores protruding
from two faces. One point of the parallelogram holds the building edge at the
street corner and forms the basis of the design theme. It is envisioned
that the Ministry Resource Centre and it’s related residential component be a
“cutting edge” force not only in Christian mission work, but in the lives of
retired missionaries and pastors. While the Resource Centre will provide patrons
state-of-the-art computer, audio-visual and research technology along with a
mini-convention centre, residents of the building will enjoy all the advances of
the health and fitness industry, gourmet food service, high-speed Internet
access, and a full business centre.
cutting edge theme is most clearly represented by the sharp curtain wall corner
formed by the acute angle of the building at the main entrance. This acute edge
flows upwards through the library and first few residential units at the corner.
It then disappears into the building and reappears at the uppermost
floors as the base spike of a gleaming “crystal” feature forming the apex of
the tower. It is intended that the glass-edge component will be designed of
material, which will appear visibly translucent during the day and be brightly
illuminated at night.
The remainder of the
building will be much quieter and elegant as a “backdrop” to “The Edge”.
The building skin will be planer, or flat, with relief only where the outdoor
patios punctuate the surface. At ground level, the elegant skin design of the
tower and podium is contrasted by a more vibrant style of architecture
comprising lush landscape and water features, outdoor eating patios,
storefront-style marquees, designer lighting, co-mingled with the bustling
activity of people and vehicles.