AIRSIDE, a 1.9 million sq. ft mixed-use commercial development in the Kai Tak area, topped out successfully on 7 May, revealing an iconic landmark in Hong Kong.
AIRSIDE is a 47-storey building including an over 30-storey Grade-A office and a multi-storey retail complex with an interconnected underground shopping street. Arup has provided multidisciplinary services including architecture, planning, structure, façade, traffic, sustainability, fire engineering, digital, building services, geotechnic and civil engineering for this flagship project. In collaboration with the client Nan Fung Group, we engineered this top-rated green commercial development and neighbourhood hub, with the aim to transform the former airport site into a people-oriented environment and social inclusive community.
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted as the design blueprint for this development. Every sustainable design detail has been carefully crafted following this framework to make AIRSIDE one of the most environmentally friendly landmarks in town.
AIRSIDE embraces a new urban lifestyle concept of wholeness, welcoming the community to gather at a place where one can connect to others and enjoy a sense of nature. AIRSIDE offers cascading greenery, an open-air rooftop, terraces and surrounding grounds that will constitute 33% of the site area. The 18,000 sq. ft. of green landscape provides serene spots for visitors to escape, significantly improve the neighbourhood by enhancing people’s wellbeing. Moreover, there will be a 20m setback along Kai Tak River to create a wider promenade. Together with an open plaza for activities and events, this place is an inviting space for everyone to enjoy.
Connected with a major public transport interchange, the project will be a sustainable and publicly accessible landmark that serves as an important gateway to the Kai Tak area. The project is expected to open in Q4 2022.