A glass skyscraper inspired by a blossoming flower is set to rise on one of the most expensive plots of land ever sold.
Plans unveiled for the site, which in 2017 changed hands for a then-record of 23.28 billion Hong Kong dollars ($3 billion), show an eye-catching curvilinear tower soaring 623 feet above Hong Kong’s Central district.
The curvilinear tower soars 623 feet above the city’s Central district. Credit: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
Nonetheless, the Central district site remains more expensive than either of these in terms of price per unit, which equated to over 50,000 Hong Kong dollars ($6,450) per square foot.
Work on the tower is set to complete in fall 2023. Credit: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
World’s most expensive property market
Comprising a series of “units” with curved glass facades, the building offers views over downtown Hong Kong. The tower’s upper reaches will also contain a “Sky Garden” with a running track and aquaponic planting network that, its designers say, will act as a “biological air-purifying filter.”
Inside, the architects plan to use AI-assisted elevator controls and biometric security systems in order to eliminate “direct contact with communal surfaces.”
The building’s entrance, as imagined in a digital rendering. Credit: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
The tower’s designer, Zaha Hadid Architects, said the project will create an “urban oasis” at ground level. Credit: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
Construction work at the Hong Kong site is already underway, with the flower-inspired tower expected to open in fall 2023. Upon its completion, developer Henderson Land, which owns some of the city’s most desirable real estate, can expect to charge sizable office rents in what is the world’s most expensive property market.
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