Brief 

Snøhetta’s Airside skyscraper will mitigate its huge glass and steel presence with a series of greenery covered terraces and plazas. Additionally, the tower will boast energy efficient design, including a focus on natural light and ventilation.

 

Insight

As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Hong Kong, could always do with a little more greenery. With this in mind, Snøhetta’s Airside skyscraper will mitigate its glass and steel form with a series of plant and tree-covered terraces and plazas. Additionally, the tower will boast significant energy efficient design, including a focus on natural light and ventilation.

Airside will be situated on the site of Hong Kong’s former main airport (hence its name), and boast choice views over Victoria Harbour and Kai Tak River. It will rise to a total height of 200 m (656 ft). To put that into perspective, it’ll be a decent-sized skyscraper but not massive, and come in at around half the height of the Empire State Building.

Its overall design will consist of a slightly curved facade of fluted glass designed as a nod to the local textile industry. The main building will also be connected to a smaller tower, along with multiple plazas, rooftop garden areas, and green terraces – some of which will be used to grow fruit and vegetables. The interior will host office space and a hotel, as well as a large retail area.

“The building further offers visitors access to generous public spaces and green gardens through a series of exterior plazas and roof top gardens suited for urban farming, restaurants, events and recreation,” says Snøhetta.

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