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Courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand

Artisan House, a slender 400 foot (135m) tall mixed-use building, is located in Sai Ying Pun, a burgeoning Hong Kong Central neighborhood characterized by new high rises interspersed amongst the older low density buildings.

The design balances the high rise’s iconic blade-like volume with connections to the scale of the neighborhood through smaller articulations in its massing and materials. The building’s 250 studio, one and two bedroom units range between 200 – 350 sf (19-34m2), and feature high ceilings, full-height glazing, and compact, efficient layouts that maximize their sense of spaciousness. In addition to restaurants and shops in the building’s base, residents share amenity spaces including a clubhouse and sky garden.

Courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand
Courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand
Courtesy Kevin Mak

Angled mirrored balcony soffits reflect the city and sky in new ways, reframing the building’s environment.

Courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand

Meanwhile from within the units, the mirrored balconies act as mini periscopes to connect the residents to the vibrant street activity below.

The studio apartments range from 160-200 sq ft. They are not considered micro-units, however – they are simply standard-size market-rate Hong Kong apartments.

Client: New World Development
Location: Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Status: Completed
Dates: 2015-2018

Program: Residential / Mixed Use tower with 250 studios, 1 and 2 bedroom units, resident skygarden and clubhouse, ground floor retail and restaurants

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Partners) | Marc Puig, Albert Figueras | Wei Wen, Tony-Saba Shiber, Jessica Cheung, Zach Walters, You Chia Lai | Georgia Williams, Brian Chen, Taylor Hagan, Ruomeng Wang, Geraldine Vargas

Collaborators: Architect of Record: Cheung Kong-Yeung Architects Ltd. | Structural Engineer: WSP Group | MEP Engineer: P&T Group | Lighting Consultant: Lightswitch

Photography: Virgile Simon Bertrand, Kevin Mak