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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | 50 Connaught Road Central | 28 fl | Com







50 Connaught Road South is a 28-story office tower rising above an important edge boulevard in Hong Kong that has harbor views. The architectural design of the office tower has a strong commanding presence along this major boulevard. The tower is designed as a series of stepped glass planes that give the office tower a wonderful scale.

These glass planes give the office tower a dignified presence and are designed to cascade down to announce the entrance into the office and retail lobbies at grade level. Crucial to the building's design was invoking a sense of lightness in the architectural design. 50 Connaught Road is trying to reinvigorate the curtain wall to produce an office tower that possesses great strength when the glass planes overlap and combine into one structure.

The tower's structure and materials further distinguish it from the immediate context of 50 Connaught Road South. By invoking the classical aesthetic of bilateral symmetry along its façade the design is unified. This is achieved with a single column that rises up the entire height of the building, from the base to the projecting spire. This symmetry is enlivened and energized by a rich use of glass layers in the façade. At the base, the exterior is split into two halves that are reintegrated as a single broad bay applied in this first setback. A series of glass overlaps along the sides of the main shaft enhance the feeling of immateriality that is central to the building’s design concept. The overall building form combines the overlapping planes of glass into a compositional vertical thrust. Hopefully this will provide a unified design that has great movement.

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Old February 14th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #2
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Yes, great photo progression. It is nice to see what was there originally. I actually like the new building that will be there. Hong Kong needs more curtain wall glass. It will be so great to cover up that hideous building behind it. Hopefully it will be fat and tall.
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Great progression photos. Great improvement of scenery as well.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 11:47 PM   #10
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very nice! Thanks for the detailed update! let's make a gif once the building's up.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #11
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Luk Hoi Tong faces wrecker's ball
Owner of 46-year-old Central building plans grade A commercial project on the site

28 March 2007
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The 46-year-old Luk Hoi Tong Building on Queen's Road Central will be demolished by the end of this year and redeveloped into a 27-storey grade A commercial property in about three years.

The redevelopment comes as several hotel and commercial properties are being rebuilt or marked for redevelopment as new grade A office supply in Central will fall to zero in the next few years amid growing demand from foreign companies.

Other properties to be rebuilt include Dragon Seed Building at the junction of Queen's Road Central and Li Yuen Street East, while potential redevelopment candidates include Ritz Carlton Hotel, Ananda Tower, and towers one and two of Crocodile House.

Jeffrey Chan, an executive director of Luk Hoi Tong, said in view of the optimistic outlook for the office market, the redevelopment aimed to upgrade the property, which was built in early 1960s. The redevelopment is also prompted by the underutilisation of the property.

The plot ratio has not been fully utilised and redevelopment can maximise the value of the site, according to Mr Chan.

With a site area of about 10,000 square feet, the building, to be completed in three years, would provide 150,000 to 160,000 square feet of gross floor area, he said.

"It will have retail space from the basement to the third floor," he said.

The building is designed by Rocco Design, the architect of One Peking Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. It will be a modern edifice emphasising lighting and transparency with the use of glass panels.

Mr Chan said the company hoped to improve the building's tenant mix, from small local tenants to international companies that can take up whole floors of space.

The company also hopes to lure big retail brands by providing them two-floor duplex shops.

Existing rents at Luk Hoi Tong's office properties range from HK$20 to HK$30 per square foot but property consultants expect the company to see these jump as much as fivefold.

Alan Lok, senior director of office services at CB Richard Ellis, expects office rents in the redevelopment project to reach HK$100 a square foot in terms of net area, as York House, the only new office supply in Central, fetched HK$120 a square foot.

Alnwick Chan Chi-hing, executive director of Knight Frank, said redeveloping the building was justifiable as its office space was inefficient and the retail space not well-developed.

"The building has a long frontage on Theatre Lane, which could attract international brands to open retail shops," he said.

Mr Alnwick Chan believes many landlords redevelop and renovate their office buildings in Central because there was no new office supply.

Colliers International research and consultancy director Simon Lo said: "It will be the first time over the last 20 years that there will be no new office supply in Central in two years. You can imagine how tight office supply is in Central."

Citigroup Property Investors acquired Ananda Tower and towers one and two of Crocodile House in Central for about HK$1.52 billion last month.

The offices, at Connaught Road Central near Hang Seng Bank Building and One International Financial Centre, have a site area of about 12,000 square feet.

Property agents expect Citigroup to be studying the possibility to redevelop the three buildings into a grade A office property with a total gross floor area of 18,000 sq ft.


Lai Sun Development also wants to redevelop the Ritz-Carlton hotel into an office building for greater returns.

New World Development has demolished Dragon Seed Building and six old buildings nearby. The site will be developed into a 28-storey office building with a gross floor area of 132,200 sq ft. The office block is scheduled for completion in 2009.

Meanwhile, a joint venture among Morgan Stanley, Global Gateway and Pamfleet (HK) has planned to invest up to HK$200 million on the renovation of the Hang Seng Building. The work is scheduled for completion in the middle of next year.
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Old March 13th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #12
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Old May 11th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #15
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Nice!!,i like this building,nice to see it coming along nicely too,and nice pics of the demo sequence fl3698.
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oo visible from the harbor!
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Old May 20th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #17
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oo visible from the harbor!
Only a little bit behind the IFC developments!
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Old June 14th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #20
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Looks like they're ready to install the glass!
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