Updated: Jul 19, 2021
Structure: Victoria Dockside, K11 Musea Mall
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Architecture
Structural Engineer: Arup
Photography: Carsten Chow and Luke Poon
Victoria dockside is a large-scale development on the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. The site opened in section from 2018 to 2019 and cost around USD$2.6 Billion to construct. The entire development consists of a 284 - meter tall building housing the Rosewood Hotel and K11 Atelier office spaces, a huge shopping mall named K11 Musea, and a series of service apartments called the K11 Artus.
The original plot of land was used by the New World Center. The original building was acquired in 1970 by Cheng Yu-Tung; the shopping plaza originally featured two hotels, two office towers and a shopping complex. In 2011, his son, Adrian Cheng, decided to rebuild the building, ground up, with a strong focus on artistic and cultural influences.
Even before walking into the development, you can see the amount of detail and meticulous craftsmanship that went into the facade of the Victoria Dockside. On the facade which was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, you can see the flowing motion and fluid design that stands out when compared to the other buildings that surround the complex. The green wall, which was designed by PLandscape, showcases the neverending intertwining of architecture and nature, by presenting this piece of artwork that shows a jungle in a city - a building that is alive.
Walking through the doors of the K11 Musea Mall, you are instantly greeted by the ubiquitous presence of light bulbs that seemingly create a flowing atmosphere of that of a sparkling galaxy. The ceiling is fitted with thousands of these individual lights. They illuminate the bronze clad panels which wrap around the entire mall. Not to be missed is the spherical geometric structure that juts out of the second floor, resembling a planet or a star in the midst of this gigantic space. The entire interior of the mall shows the omnipresent theme of stars and the future. This is made even clearer by the presence of the oculus that hovers above the atrium which acts as an intricately designed skylight.
Due to the innovative nature and contemporary design of the K11 Musea, it is unsurprising to see a full fledged Bohemian Garden on the 7th floor of the complex. Going up to the Garden, you are met by the Bohemian arches that adorn the escalators, built like vines and branches of trees, it seamlessly transports you to a new world within the bustling city of Hong Kong. The Bohemian Garden boasts restaurants, terraces, water features and more, offering not only whimsical ambiance but also a sanctuary within a city.
Victoria Dockside is conveniently located on the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui. It can be easily reached via MTR by the Tsuen Wan Line and Tuen Ma Line; furthermore, the East Rail, HK High Speed Rail and Tung Chung lines are one line change away, connecting Mainland China and the Airport to the development. In addition, it is close to the Cross Harbor Tunnel, and is a 5 minute walk away from the Star Ferry. Hence, it is well connected to the CBD, as well as outlying islands and most of the Kowloon Peninsula. Numerous bus routes pass through the area, connecting most districts of Hong Kong together. The complex is located next to the Avenue of Stars - a waterfront promenade featuring plaques and handprints of famous performers and heroes. All this makes for a bustling tourist attraction with great connectivity and a constant, lively flow of people.
Victoria Dockside is one of the most unique works of architecture in Hong Kong. With the large spacious atrium in K11 as well as the open dockside that runs along the harbour, Victoria Dockside is certainly a place to marvel at the beauty, of both the view and the buildings themselves.
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