- H Code, building for urban renewal, CL3
Located near the top end of Pottinger Street, the long side of the site is along Ezra’s Lane, a narrow back alley that connects Pottinger Street to Cochrane Street in the Soho district, where the central escalator is located. The building’s large, transparent, slightly offset façade follows the lines of the two volumes. Large bi-fold casement garage doors allow natural ventilation and open up access to the many terrace spaces featured in the two volumes. These outdoor environments and rooftop open spaces provide a green environment for the neighbourhood and give users a visual contact with the nature in this metropolis.
The low block of H Code fronting Pottinger Street is set back to allow for an open terrace along the street, a kind of wide pedestrian pathway that retains the hidden-alley character of an inner-city block and eases urban congestion.
The concept for the project by CL3 Architects was to make it an icon of Soho’s eclectic lifestyle, the entertainment and art district of Hong Kong, at the same time engaging with the neighbourhood and its community.
Indeed, the ground floors of the two H Code volumes are connected and add display windows along Ezra’s Lane. This design solution means dedicated spaces for pop-up art events and installations can be created as attractions. The overall project design by CL3 Architects shows great respect for the public urban spaces, incorporating hip lifestyles and modern environments to give the neighbourhood a place for business, art, nature and people to interact freely. By the same token, the balanced and distinctly contemporary look means it can really connect with the context
Design Team: CL3 Architects Limited / William Lim, Clinton Tsoi (https://www.cl3.com/)
Completion: October 2018
Site Area / Floor Area: 842 m² /12,635 m²
Location: 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Client: Henderson Development Agency Ltd
Photographer: Nirut Benjabanpot