New World Centre H2 Podium
A unique façade of 307 glass tubes creates an architectural point of difference on the podium of a US$ 2.6 billion remodeled development in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The New World Centre is a hotel and office building complex in a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location. Originally, the New World Centre consisted of two hotels, two office towers, a shopping center and apartments. It was closed in 2010 in order to build a new 66-storey multifunctional building. The focal point of this is a mixed-use tower that comprises international Grade-A offices, a five-star luxury Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood Residences and dining facilities. The building is designed in strict adherence to the Sustainable Design Guidelines and sets a new standard for urban sustainable development.
Inhabit was the façade consultant for the tubular glass façade on the building’s podium working with façade contractor seele. The tube façade consists of 307 tubes made of laminated safety glass, 238 half and 69 full tubes with a height of 9m and 900mm diameter. The half-tubes are connected with aluminium profiles and each is fitted with a polished duplex-stainless steel lid (base and top) fixed with structural silicone.
The full tubes are constructed according to the CCF technology (Closed Cavity Façade) so the space between inner and outer façade is encapsulated. With slight overpressure the tubes can be aerated with dry air in order that no condensation or pollution can enter them. The tubes are subject to special requirements as they have to withstand wind loads and movements in the building. A special LED-technique is integrated between the tubes for drawing attention to the new building with its extraordinary façade.
LocationTSIM SHA TSUI, HONG KONG
ClientSEELE HONG KONG LTD
DeveloperNEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT
ArchitectRONALD LU & PARTNERS