Hysan Place as Development Exemplar

Robert Whitlock
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City

In this presentation, Hysan Place provided evidence of how a mixed-use tower set in an increasingly densifying urban environment can actually give back public space to local residents and building occupants. In the case of Causeway Bay, Hysan Place provides much needed publically accessible green space that hasn’t existed in the area since the historic Lee Gardens were overbuilt in the 1950’s, replicating it over the height of the tower. These elevated gardens offer access to sunlight and natural breezes that the equivalent space at grade could never hope to achieve, even if the space existed there. Zoning certainly played a role in incentivizing this type of space and a review of the policies that are in effect in Hong Kong and other cities illustrated the variety with which these spaces can be realized. How these spaces provide synergies with the other uses in the tower was also discussed.

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