Victoria Dockside is the remodelling of the former New World Centre on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Partnering with KPF and JCFO, RLP took up the role as Executive Architect for this urban remodelling project, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive ones ever undertaken on this world-famous waterfront promenade.
Built on the site formerly known as Holt’s Wharf (founded in 1910), which was a global freight and logistics hub that helped Hong Kong become a gateway to the Far East, Victoria Dockside is a three million sq. ft., mixed-use tower comprising international Grade-A offices, a five-star luxury hotel, serviced apartments and dining facilities, offering premier art, design, and leisure experiences with incredible views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Surrounding the project are oases of green spaces, providing the city and its residents and visitors with an inspiring new breathing space.
Victoria Dockside has reshaped the skyline of Hong Kong and set a new standard for urban sustainable development in the city – having been conceived as a sustainable building from the outset. Some of its sustainable features include:
Design for urban microclimate-positive and biodiversity
The building mass is strategically positioned with perforations to improve the microclimate. The set-back of the stepped podium creates green terraces with extensive urban greenery, which total 30% of the site.
Connecting harbour, city and people
The building’s porosity offers high visual and physical connectivity between the city, the harbour and various activity nodes. Public realm areas along the waterfront, Salisbury Road and the surrounding neighbourhood are connected and revitalised.
Vertical greenery, appropriate window-to wall ratio, projections, shading fins and high-performance glazing effectively reduce solar heat gain and maximize views and daylighting potentials.
Sustainable use of resources
The project reused the majority of existing piles and sea wall materials along the promenade and in part of the basement structure, adding to the project’s commitment to waste and embodied carbon reduction.
Integrated renewable energy
BIPV panels are aesthetically and seamlessly integrated into the curtain wall façade at the top of the tower, the highest installation for a single building anywhere in Hong Kong. These maximise the project’s renewable energy yield.
An urban biodiversity museum and a sustainability-themed education park are also integrated with the building; as well as educational academy for the general public and tenants to promote wellness and sustainable lifestyle elements.