Urbana Lofts
type High-Rise Residential
location Lung Kong Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
area 1,272 sq.m.
client Chiap Hua Properties Ltd.
design 2007-2011 Authorized Person + Design Architect

A strict height restriction was imposed on the Kowloon City area to ensure the safety of low-flying air traffic to and from Kai Tak International Airport. With such height restriction lifted in 1998 as a result of the retirement of Kai Tak International Airport, Kowloon City is subject to redevelopment and high-rises start to emerge. Such context gives rise to a unique typology well represented by Urbana Lofts.

A constricted site, a new demand of gross floor area, and a new requirement for vertical circulation gave Urbana Lofts its rational form. With the urban fabric it nestles kept low by the now-expired height restriction, Urbana Lofts stands out as a slender skeletal tower. The elevator core forms an exposed spine on to which a stack of single residential unit clings. Conceptualized as a skin of Brick-and-Steel, the facade is dominated by crimson and orange, enriched by white and dark grey. The back wall of the core is characterized by a dynamic grid-work of colors.

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