Urban Habitat - Single Site Scale Award of Excellence: Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong
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A Highly-Accessible Harbor-Side Development
Victoria Dockside, a new mixed-use development, has an abundance of greenery in the form of a vertical green wall and at-grade landscaping. Its diverse public spaces coalesce into a highly-accessible district that complements the dynamism of the famous Hong Kong harbor.
Visitors are greeted with a sunken plaza, which is encircled with seating and a water wall. Green walls and columns, illuminated with LED light fixtures, stimulate the public realm. Pre-existing trees were re-planted, along with new ones, to enhance shading on the premises. Native plant species, which require minimal irrigation and maintenance, predominate. Portuguese limestone exterior cladding and bronze-colored metal ensures a consistent appearance for the project, complementing and contrasting with the green walls and landscaped roofs. For all the outdoor terraces, timber-topped railing is installed on balustrades.
The collection of outdoor spaces and sheltered spaces constitutes the public domain along, around, and through the development, forming a network of pedestrian routes. The building mass shelters a landscaped playground and green lawn on the podium roof, with canopies providing shading and seating. The roof has an urban farmhouse, specializing in organic farming of local vegetables, and a nature discovery park that features a mix of educational and gastronomical programs.
The conditioning strategy is multifaceted. Seawater cooling is utilized for regulating both thermal comfort and plumbing, and rainwater is collected for irrigation. The tower incorporates a photovoltaic (PV) power generation system, consisting of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) panels on the tower top parapet and PV panels at the core’s top. The use of a seawater-cooled, oil-free heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system helps reduce annual energy consumption, freeing up the podium roof from conventional mechanical equipment.