New Development ‘Pops’ up in Hong Kong

31 May 2012

Benoy are delighted to announce the opening of the ‘Pop Corn’ development. The project is a new joint venture by Sun Hung Kai and MTR Corporation, located in the Sai Kung District of Hong Kong above the Tseung Kwan O MTR station.

Pop Corn, short for ‘Popular Corner’ is a 160,000m² development designed to create a new central focal point for the heart of East Hong Kong. The Tseung Kwan O district has been developed on reclaimed land in the northern half of the bay and houses a predominantly residential population. When designing this mix-used development, which consists of retail, entertainment, hotel and residential, Benoy have taken a unique approach to urban place making. The concept for this scheme was to create a new landmark gateway outside of the congested city centres.

Thinking away from the typical podium ‘box’ development, Benoy proposes a series of sweeping organic facade forms creating pockets of generous set-back terraces. This helps seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces and encourages a mix of retail shops and F&B to spill out to open plazas. At the heart of the scheme is a generous 3,000m² civic square embraced by 2 hotel towers in the North. With a large outdoor media screen and spacious landscape park, a focal point is identified within the podium. The public event space aims to create a new experience for TKO celebrating the interaction of people, community and recreation, and aims to be a focal point for celebrations. This refreshing idea of ‘a park for everyone’ is perfectly suited for this low density residential neighborhood.

Set as a major transport junction connecting to Tseung Kwan O MTR station and the public transportation interchange, Benoy offers a scheme sensitive to its context and connectivity. By the MTR station are two grand feature stairs at the East and West retail entrance courts which link to the 24hr footbridges connecting to the adjacent developments. An elevated green central avenue is also proposed to link the civic square to a future water front park by the pier. The pedestrian friendly circulation strategy promotes connectivity between the public spaces and retail mall whilst respecting the needs of the private residential and hotel access.

Benoy has been involved from design concept to construction stages of the project; our scope of work includes masterplanning, exterior podium and hotel tower facade, connecting footbridges, residential drop-off. We hope this project creates a ‘sense of place’ for both the residents and visitors, and a memorable iconic identity.

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