Travelling in style is a true marker of luxury – and the important business, finance and cultural hub of Hong Kong knows this well, if its brand new boundary crossing facilities are anything to go by. An impressive building dedicated to movement through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port has just been inaugurated, to a design by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Aedas.
Part of the boundary crossing complex links to the region's striking new bridge, the latest addition is the Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) and it is set to not only improve connectivity across the Greater Bay Area, but also elevate the travellers’ experience of elegance and comfort.
The PCB is built on a man-made 150-hectare artificial island, which was reclaimed from the open waters to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). It has been strategically placed within convenient distances and with direct links to local transport – both on land and the sea – and was designed to serve as a gateway between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao; being essentially ‘a unique opportunity to give Hong Kong an architectural “front door” which celebrates travel, surrounded by water with views to a natural skyline of evergreen mountains and hills', say the architects.
Referencing this changing and undulating landscape, as well as the constant flow of people within the project, the architects created a striking waveform roof, which defines the whole – also creating an instant visual shorthand for the design. On top of this, the roof is modular, so lent itself to offsite pre-fabrication that enabled an efficient construction process and a very high level of quality.
‘I am delighted to have worked on such an innovative project which brings beauty and elegance to the everyday activity of travel', says RSHP partner Richard Paul. ‘The new crossing will benefit those living and working in the region greatly with enhanced connectivity as well as highlighting the contextualised sensitive roof form which responds to the undulating mountainous backdrop of such a beautiful local environment.'
Inside, the space is airy, open, bright and uncluttered, underlined by high ceilings and large openings. Careful thought has been put to wayfinding to ensure clear circulation. The building is also internally punctuated with full height ‘canyons' allowing natural daylight to penetrate all levels, explains the team. Making going through this state-of-the-art transport and infrastructure hub a both fun and efficient experience.
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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).
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