Revitalization of Luen Tai Industrial Building
The 10-storey Luen Tai Industrial Building was constructed in 1973. It was historically used by tenants mostly in the electronics, clock and watch industries. Its revitalization project responded to the industrial district transformation with a strategy termed ‘The Seed of Regeneration’ - to embrace the heritage from the past, and to take that as a point of departure to generate new values. This strategy operates along two dimensions. On the micro building scale, the project aims to demonstrate the upcycling of a historical industrial building, into a modern day retail complex. The existing fabric of Luen Tai will be retained as far as applicable, with local repairs and minor modifications to meet current standards and to fulfill the new functional requirements. On the macro district scale, as one of the very first pioneering projects that responded to the government’s revitalization scheme, Luen Tai development has demonstrated the possibilities of conserving industrial heritage in Hong Kong while providing a new spatial experience to potential stakeholders. The project has undergone tremendous challenges in fulfilling statutory requirements and amending existing structure to suit future usage.
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Location: Kwai Hing, Hong Kong
Client: Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Ltd.
Design Year: 2014
Status: Completed in 2018
Programme: Commercial Facade & Interior
PLY Team: Lucia Cheung, Raymond Chan, Becky Luk, Match Chan, Yin Ho, Jai Yip, Samantha Tam, Fondie Choi, Alex Yu
Project Management: Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Ltd.
Project Architect: Sun Hung Kei Architects & Engineers Ltd.
Structure Engineer: AECOM
MEP Engineer: J. Roger Preston Ltd.
Facade Consultant: Alpha Consulting Limited
Graphics Designer: OP Editions
Lighting Consultant: Light Directions Ltd.
BEAM Consultant: Allied Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Main Contractor: Yee Fai Construction Co. Ltd.
Facade Contractor: Midi Aluminium Fabricator Ltd.
Image Credits: Kerun Ip & PLY Union Ltd.