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Virgile Simon Bertrand

Artisan House, a slender 400-foot tall mixed-use building, is located in Sai Ying Pun, a burgeoning area in Hong Kong’s Central neighborhood characterized by new high-rises interspersed among older low-density buildings.

The design reconciles an iconic blade-like volume with the scale of the neighborhood through smaller articulations in its massing and materials. The building’s 250 studio and one- and two-bedroom units range between 200 and 350 square feet 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.

Virgile Simon Bertrand
Virgile Simon Bertrand
Kevin Mak

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

Virgile Simon Bertrand

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

The studio apartments range from 160 to 200 square feet. 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, one- and two- bedroom units, resident skygarden and clubhouse, ground floor retail and restaurants

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang | 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