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Old May 19th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #61
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Old May 30th, 2009, 11:33 AM   #62
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許文博:在限制中創奇迹
16 May 2009
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香港被形容為石屎森林,高廈大廈矗立,令人有點透不過氣,但不少則師卻在局限中尋找樂趣,許李嚴建築事務所執行董事許文博便是其中一位。他表示,港島斜路特別多,設計難度頗大,但則師往往能夠在局限中找尋出路,在限制中創造奇迹。

許文博,1970年香港大學建築系畢業的「天子驕子」,為人卻沒有半點架子,溫文博雅,說得上是人如其名。 他深信工作非為糊口,而是要造福社會,「一幢建築物落成後,屹立四十、五十年之久,則師任重道遠,所設計的建築物須與城市融為一體,又要讓公眾人士參與其中。」

擴建半島酒店殊不容易在多年的建築生涯中,他對半島酒店加建工程印象最深,「在半古典的建築物上進行加建,加建部分又須與原有部分諧協,殊不容易。」工程期間,酒店無休,客人如常入住,令施工倍添困難,「早上6、7時,已經有人食早餐」。不過,世上無難事,只怕有心人,加建工程最終順利在回歸前完成,更被譽為新舊融合的典範。多年以後,保育人士以半島酒店擴建的成功例子,游說市建局保留灣仔街市,並聲稱德國包浩斯風格的灣仔街市可以與新穎的住宅融合在一起,一如半島酒店新增部分能夠與原有建築物融合一樣,可是,許文博認為,二者不能相提並論,因為灣仔街市不能與樓上的住宅互通,半島酒店的新翼卻與原有酒店完全融合,互為一體。

「清玻璃」助賞美景 在半島酒店頂層餐廳用膳,能夠飽覽維港景色全靠一道「清玻璃」,許文博指出,半島酒店是首個採用「清玻璃」的項目。可是,有得必有失,「清玻璃」不隔熱,陽光直射,室溫大增,須透過額外的環保措施加以補救。 與半島酒店遙遙相對的國際廣場(iSquare)有異曲同工之妙,二者同樣採用「清玻璃」,讓食客一邊品嚐美酒佳餚,一邊欣賞風景。 對於不少香港人來說,iSquare是一個陌生的名字,不過卻是頂頂有名的香港凱悅酒店的「轉生」。凱悅酒店已在2006年元旦結業,業主決定在原址重建成一座三十層高商業項目,並設有二個出口接駁地鐵站。項目設有高低二塔,低塔設戲院,高塔以食肆為主。為了吸納人流,設有特長扶手電梯帶領人流前往中庭,然後再分散至低高二塔。靠近北京道的部分飲食樓層,更設有露天茶座。

設計遍布尖沙咀 許文博所屬的則樓足迹遍布尖沙咀,作品包括柏麗購物大道、半島酒店擴建工程、東企業廣場、北京道一號及iSquare等。 旗下項目不少獲獎,不過許文博卻不在乎,「獲獎是別人俾面,非我們刻意為獲獎而創作,我們只求做好本分」。 ‧李幸夷
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 12:07 AM   #63
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Wow, iSquare is really coming along. What is the other tallish building under construction (covered in the blue/green mesh) to the left. Is it the building near Granville where Wellcome used to be?
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Wow, iSquare is really coming along. What is the other tallish building under construction (covered in the blue/green mesh) to the left. Is it the building near Granville where Wellcome used to be?
That is the Tung Ying Building redevelopment. We have a thread in this section as well : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=822862
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That frosted white glass is superb. That's the type of style and material that you'd see in high-end retail streets around the world
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Old June 10th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #67
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im glad they have set back their building...
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Old July 7th, 2009, 02:58 PM   #68
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Old August 15th, 2009, 07:49 AM   #71
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as always another tall skyscraper for hongkong ...very good
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iSQUARE引進數碼IMAX影院
14 August 2009
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- HKD$1.2-1.3 billion development
- building has the occupancy permits
- biggest rental at 46,000 square feet UA cinema with an IMAX theatre
- area already has a lot of shopping facilities already
- IMAX theatre will be unique and bring in visitors


【本報訊】凱聯國際酒店宣布,投資12至13億元的尖沙咀iSQUARE國際廣場成功取得入伙紙,並在預期中提早完成審批。凱聯國際酒店副主席鍾瓊林透露,iSQUARE 招租以來最大租客為UA院線,涉及承租樓面達46,000平方呎,並引進全港首個數碼IMAX影院。

鍾氏表示,區內已有不少零售樓面,為了令商場更一體化,租予戲院可以帶動消費者,有其必要性。

對於零售市道的看法,他稱,現時股市及樓市已趨穩定,故對後市頗為樂觀。全港首個數碼IMAX影院正式落戶,iSQUARE UA最新的iSQUARE IMAX影院佔地約46,000平方呎,包括2間普通影院、2間貴賓影院及1間IMAX數碼立體影院,共提供逾900個座位。iSQUARE IMAX的銀幕高40呎、闊70呎,並可透過衛星直播足球比賽等,又或如紐約IMAX 般播放管弦樂團或歌劇演出,並同時引進數碼投影系統,令影像更清晰及明亮。

iSQUARE國際廣場(前身為凱悅酒店),集零售和消閒綜合發展項目,樓高31層,預期在今年底開幕。
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such a short building for such a big lot.
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New malls in TST struggle to find tenants amid weak retail sector
26 August 2009
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Developers bringing some 1.42 million square feet of new retail space to the shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui this year and next are facing strong competition in finding tenants as the retail market remains weak, say letting agents.

"The new malls have positioned themselves differently in the market. But they are opening for business at almost the same time and developers could come under pressure to find tenants unless the economy recovers," said Helen Mak, senior manager of retail services group at Colliers International.

While shoppers would benefit immediately from the wider choice on offer in the four new malls, competition for tenants would be fierce.

The first of the four new malls in the area - the 80,000 sq ft Cheung Kong (Holdings)' 1881 Heritage in Canton Road - has already opened for business but is still looking for tenants. The occupancy rate of the retail space reached more than 90 per cent.

Yet to open is Associated International's iSquare and New World Development's K11 - due for completion in the final quarter, and Chinese Estates' 29-storey 400,000 sq ft project The One, which will become Hong Kong's tallest retail complex on completion in mid-2010.

Leasing agents are already searching for tenants for the three unfinished malls and say that 60 per cent of the 60,000 sq ft iSquare, developed by Associated International and its parent company Tian Teck Land, has already been leased.

At the last official count in May, New World Development said the occupancy rate at K11 was just 40 per cent, but agents said this had since been increased to about 70 per cent.

The last time that the retail market was presented with so much new space to digest was in 2004, when the pipeline of new supply reached more than 1.23 million sq ft. Then the influx of mainland travellers and strong economic growth encouraged retailers to open new shops.

Among the new developments that came to the market then were Sun Hung Kai Properties' apm in Kwun Tong and Great Eagle Holdings' Langham Place in Mong Kok.

At Langham Place, more than 90 per cent of the space was leased by September 2004 and it went on to open in January 2005, while apm had leased 98 per cent of its total retail space by early 2005 before opening in March of that year.

Joe Lin, a director of retail services department at CB Richard Ellis, said leasing of the new shopping malls in Tsim Sha Tsui in the present market conditions would be unavoidably affected by the ongoing shock to confidence and economic growth arising from the outbreak of the global financial crisis.

"The new malls are all located in the same area. Though they have their own edge and positioning, most of the branded outlets would only pick one of the malls to open a new shop," he said.

Scheduled to open in November is iSquare, which cost some HK$1.3 billion to develop and is located at the junction of Nathan Road and Peking Road, a prime location in Tsim Sha Tsui. Kevin Lam, an associate director of retail services at DTZ, the sole leasing agency of the mall, said that to date about 36,000 sq ft or 60 per cent of the total floor area had been leased at rents that ranged between HK$45 and HK$200 per square foot.

Rents for street-level shops in the mall ranged from HK$600 to HK$800 per square foot, he said, and tenants that had already signed up included food and beverage outlets, fashion, make-up and lifestyle shops as well as a cinema complex. The mall had also proved attractive to European fashion and accessory brands making their first entry into Hong Kong.

The One at Nathan Road launched its leasing campaign last month but to date has made no announcements concerning any major leasing transactions.

Agents said it was unlikely that rentals in the existing retail centre Harbour City would come under downward pressure as a result of the new space coming onto the market in the area.

"Harbour City is well-established. Its leasing and rents will not be affected by the newcomers." Ms Mak said.
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such a short building for such a big lot.
hk is pushing to have more height limits on buildings, though i agree that for a relatively inland building it could've been higher. However, this building is afaik mall-only, which would've made a taller building difficult to fill. I do like the tendency to recover bigger lots of old buildings to redevelop though, there needs to be a mix of landmark developments with smaller developments.
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