arch. Annalisa De Concini
The fundamental requirements stated in the brief, defining with precision the set théme, tempering the outcome, and constringing the project towards the only solution we found suitable, were the only rational data from which to set out with confidence.
In this way the details of the task establisched the conditions of possibility for the form, and, at the same time, represented the stimuli from which this was produced.
Nevertheless these special indications of the brief became concrete "elements of the composition of the project" assuming that they had also to satisfy that relationship of "immediacy" which must always be established with architecture as construction: we refer here not only ba sach general notions as solidity and endurance, but also to clarity of form and logic of construction.
The basic design choices have been simple:
- the sites being divided both physically and in terms of availability, the plan of the complex was risolved in a way which retains the individual character of the different lots.
This impostation was also justified by the fact that the land is in a unique position which gives the possibility of wonderful panoramic views over the whole harbor of Hong Kong: therefore it was better not to intervene with a single massive block but to devide the complex in a series of volumes so as to avoid creating a visual barrier.
- The intervention being situated dma position characterized by a particularly interesting environment we decided that the building form ought to be simple and elegant so as to be in a noble and pure relationship with the strong natural surroundings.The volumes in this way carry out a function of clear space events on a perspective level, in contrast with the ipa variety offered by the natural context.
The style is based on the definition arid independent distinctness of the main architectural volumes to put into evidence the different functional uses that each volume contains.
Although detailed design and construction are sequential, the elevational treatments of all the three buildings are similar.
All the levels have been studied on a modular system so as to rationalize the constructional methods and therefore to reduce the costs and time.
Even for the facades a modular panel system of cladding has been adopted.
The visibility from the urban centre below is ensured even during the night when the complex is lit inside since the facades are mostly glazed.
DISTRIBUTIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUILDINGS
LOT RBL 640
The building rises three storeys above ground,the two upper floors being detached by an open storey.
The second and third floor comprise the 20 residential suites directly related to the main club facilities and the main kitchens by means of lifts and staircases both for guests and staff.
The volume which houses the 20 residential suites is sustained by columns thus allowing the ground floor roof to provide a partially covered terrace.
This terrace, which will be mostly turfed to create a fresh, garden atmosphere with use of water and fointains, is provided with ready access and service for drinks ect.
The building on the side overlooking the harbour, is on Five levels and creates a series of open air terraces, which generates a continual gradation of spacial elements, notably non protrusive, permitting a more direct contact with outdoors» The attention of the project was constantly turned to the organization of the spaces with the intention of creating an architectural organism capable of articulating the complexity of the external and internal functional destinations in order to allow a close relation between the parts and in the same time of offering flexibility of use.
The lobby occupies the central part of the ground floor of the building. As well as having a reception desk, behind which are situated the secretarial service unit and the managment office, the lobby acts as a diverging point for the frequenters of the various parts of the ground floor by means of spaces-corridors which give direct access to the library, situated in a quiet corner, the lounge, restaurant, snack bar, bar and cocktail lounge. The lobby is also directly linked to the floors helow where the external Club accomodation and car parking are located.
The lounge, prefunction, bar and restaurant facilities have been distributed and sub-divided (by means of sliding sound- insulated walls) in order to allow a continuous flowing space as required in the brief. A continuous deck puts these internal spaces in direct contact with the exterior so as to make the most of the view and link with the pool area and outside gardens.
The snack bar and bar-cocktail lounge are directly connected by an elevator to the service areas and Lerrace level. All the service areas, health club facilities (except for the gymnasium), the swimming pool, part of the parking space and the thermic plant room are placed at the level below the ground floor. The swimming pool which is partially covered by the building has no overlooking residential accomodation infringing on its privicy.
The sub-basement is destinated to the two squash courts, the gymnasium, car parking and pool machinery.
The two squash courts and the gymnasium, which develope in height on two floors, are directly connected with the pool area and lobby.
The two blocks, which each house four residential units of approx 165 mq. and 230 ma. respectively, are completely detached.
Their form is very articulate and both have the ground floor completely open and free to increase the possibility of parking and views.
Both blocks forsee three apartements plus a residential unit resolved in duplex.
The dining area is situated under the ground level of the block containing the four residential units of 230 mq. It is directly linked to the residential unit by stairway and lift and likewise to the swimming pool area.
This is a three storey building with basement. The simple form of the building states he simplicity of the functions for which the interior is destinated.
The essential lines which define its volume and the modularity of the facade lines are interrupted only by the three staircases-lift cages: a clear separation of surfaces to accentuate the different functions.
On each level there are five luxuriously equipped units. The basement is destinated to car parking and thermic plant room.
Access to the area is via the entrance of LOT 640.