83 KING LAM STREET: Framing the Courtyard with a Borrowed View

Commercial / 2nd Quarter 2024

83 KING LAM STREET: Framing the Courtyard with a Borrowed View

by Ian Tan, PhD

June 11, 2024

Unlike in urban areas where public spaces are provided as common amenities, they are not expected and are rarely found within industrial areas. However, with Hong Kong transitioning from manufacturing to service, high-tech and creative sectors, many scruffy and utilitarian high-rise factories have been given a makeover through building retrofit, adaptive reuse and even redevelopment. Lai Chi Kok, the industrial area developed during Hong Kong’s period of rapid industrial growth in the 1970s, is experiencing palpable change. Several former factories have been converted into upmarket office towers and trendy shopping malls. This has generated higher footfall throughout the week and a corresponding demand for high-street retail shops and new F&B outlets to serve the daily needs of these crowds.

Slated for opening in mid-2024, 83 KING LAM STREET is an atypical mixed-use development that breaks the mould of a tower-and-podium building typology. The site comprises a pair of towers, each with 23 storeys of office floors, set at a distance apart. This allows for a generous and well-ventilated public space to be nestled protectively in between. Rather than a heavy massing that anchors itself at the foot of the two towers, the designers have opted for a ‘podium’ created by revealing the massive columns that support the towers’ lower three storeys.

This forms a dramatic portal that frames the street level view towards the gentle rising lush hillside greenery. Capitalising on the porous and magnificent view, the podium’s design architect COLLECTIVE creates what it calls a ‘Green Canyon’ that vertically connects the street to the hills by juxtaposing landscape features in the podium against the lush greenery. It reminds one of a key principle in Chinese garden design of jiejing (借景) or “borrowing a scenic view”. The open-concept podium forms a three-storey terrace that figuratively invites in and layers nature onto the covered podium space to soften the hard, angular lines of the building edges and structures.



Project Name

83 King Lam Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon

Completion Date
March 2024

Site Area
7,728 square metres

Gross Floor Area
92,736 square metres

Number of Rooms
2 office towers (each 23 nos. of office floors), multipurpose hall and 10 nos. of retail/F&B shops

Building Height
130 mPD (metres above Principal Datum)

New World Development Company Limited

Principal Architect
Rocco Design Architects Limited

Podium Design Architect
COLLECTIVE Studio Limited

Main Contractor
Hip Seng Construction Company Limited

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
J. Roger Preston Limited

Civil & Structural Engineer
AECOM Asia Ltd.

Interior Designer
COLLECTIVE Studio Limited

Landscape Architect
Axxa Group Limited 

Podium Landscape Designer & Signage Designer
COLLECTIVE Studio Limited

Sustainable Design Consultant
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.

Façade & Landscape Lighting Designer
Lighting Planners Associates (HK) Limited (LPA)

New World Development Company Limited; Kevin Mak of 1km Studio

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