Zaha Hadid Designs ‘Urban Oasis’ In Hong Kong
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled its design for 2 Murray Road, a 190m-high office tower in Hong Kong’s central business district. The structure of the 36-storey building mimics a Bauhinia bud, the flower that features on Hong Kong’s flag, which was first cultivated in the city’s botanic gardens above the Murray Road site.
The 43,200 sq m project will contain a double-height foyer at ground level, a sky garden on the refuge floor, and a banqueting hall at the top of the tower. Its base is elevated above the ground to allow room for courtyards and gardens, which are filled with trees and plants. The façade will be made from four-ply, double-laminated, double-curved insulated glass units, which can withstand the region’s summer typhoons, and insulate the building.
ZHA is working on the project with Arup’s Building Sustainability Team for Hong Kong’s Henderson Land. Work on the project began last year, and ZHA says that the project is 65% complete.