Hong Kong / PRC
Design and Project Architect
Completion year
Gross area of the entire development
1,832 sq m
Design Director
Ken Wai recounts that over a meal his client said he wanted to house his extensive art collection, himself and his wife, their son and his family and guests.
And with a prudent eye to the distant future, a special requirement was that the house should be readily convertible into apartments.

Wai points to the discipline and regularity behind the building's makeup which, he says, 'lends the building a dignified expression'. It is this orderliness which makes the tumbling of the staircase enclosure more transgressive. It is expressive not only of falling water but of the idea of evanescence, collapsing elements, the building as shambles. Wai puts it thus, 'Juxtaposed against this regimented exterior a sensuous free form staircase has been inserted and collided into the formal frontage.'
Wai, cites as one of his concept sources an old photograph showing a waterfall dropping through a background formation of stacked basalt organ pipes – and an even older lithograph of a similar waterfall somewhere on 19th century Hong Kong Island. In all three backgrounds including the one before us is archetypal nature: trees, scrub and rock.
The glass used on all the façades is low iron
Low-E openable double glazing with a sun shading layer between the inner and outer panes of glass. The tumbling staircase glass, made in China, which is curved and bent right to the limits of the structure of the glass, has a printed fritted interlayer. This also gives the glass of the ice cubes a different shimmer a consequence of the different quality of reflectivity. As with the main façade glass this regulates the amount of solar light and heat entering the rooms. It is a balance between privacy, temperature control and glare. Where privacy is an issue the glazing units have timber strips which diffuse light and stop outsiders from seeing in.

HKIA Cross-strait Architectural Design Awards 2015

Nominated Award, Residential: Low-rise

READesign China Award 2014

Finalist, Luxury House(>200sqm)(Built)

International Design & Architecture Award 2014

Winner, Residential £15 Million Plus Property Value

SCMP Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards 2014

Winner, Residential Building, Hong Kong

ENR Global Best Projects Awards 2014

Award of Merit, Residential / Hospitality
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