GAW Capital and Netherlands-based architectural firm MVRDV have started construction on the 14-storey Cheung Fai building in Hong Kong, which will transform a former warehouse into offices.
The 18,000m² building is located at Kwun Tong waterfront in Hong Kong's new designated business area of East Kowloon.
The building will occupy a corner site on Wai Yip Street providing views to Victoria Harbor and the future Kai Tak ferry terminal.
Real estate private equity firm GAW Capital selected MVRDV in 2013 to convert the former warehouse into offices for a maximum of 37 units, with shops, ground floor parking and restaurants on the first and second floors.
MVRDV said the conversion is restricted to the existing envelope by local building regulations.
The design includes an open, loft-style environment that exposes the raw structure, complemented with glass-only finishes to create an office space within the 36.5m deep floor plan, the Glass Office.
As per the plans, the building will be stripped down to its primary structure and glass will be inserted between columns and beams as floor and ceiling finishes, partitions and doors.
MVRDV noted that the service core is conceived as a linear, transparent block between offices and communal space.
All non-load-bearing facade elements will be replaced by glass for maximum level of light in the interior, and the entire structural facade is executed in white coated concrete.
The top floor will serve as a communal terrace for breaks and informal meetings, and plans also include the transformation of a disused service alley into public space.
The Cheung Fai Building transformation is expected to be completed in September 2015. The project is MVRDV's first in Hong Kong.
Image: The building will occupy a corner site on Wai Yip Street. Photo: courtesy of MVRDV.