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  • 109 Repulse Complex: de Ricou

    davidclovers, "The 109 Repulse Complex." Photo of the Main lobby, Tower 1.
    hong kong CHINA

    In August 2013, davidclovers completed a series of projects that cohesively integrates the common areas along the podium of The Repulse Bay, giving a new identity to the Complex. The projects include renovation for de Ricou (a residential tower), Waterscape (an outdoor pool with changing rooms), PlaySquare (a children’s play area), Entry Lobbies, Carpark Lobbies and Breakers (a café).

    The architecture activates spaces that were once relatively singular by transforming them into active landscapes that are part-recreation, part-social condenser and part-infrastructure.

    Each project uses material, prototyping and digital fabrication techniques developed by davidclovers over the past four years that are pushed to new scales of research and experimentation. Episodically flankingthe primary pedestrian and vehicular pathways of the complex, the projects work as an ensemble of architectural and interior alterations that have a large-scale impact. Situated at the entry to the property, the 49-unit Residential tower de Ricou was fully renovated – from the window-wall to the interior. Only the original superstructure and brise soleil remain. Threading landscapes of wood and lighting from the lobby to the units, de Ricou captures a series of experiences that engage the six-sided qualities of each space. The cladding, enclosures and interiors of the three adjacent tower’s entries and car park lobbies transform along the primary pedestrian and vehicular pathways. Collectively, all four lobbies alter the experience of the complex at large.

    Opposite the lobbies along the primary pedestrian walkway are two recreational landscapes -Waterscape and PlaySquare. Each extends wood from the interior of the towers out onto the podium-roof in the form of daybed benches, planters and a large free-standing trellis. Their loop-like elements cradle and shelter the vibrantly colored and contoured pool, the interactive water equipment and the play equipment. Last but not least, Breakers – the clubhouse café – articulates a dense node of the property. Serving as an “interior plaza” between the gym, tennis courts and lap pool, Breakers acts as a comingle point of eating and interaction for the residents. Intense hues of blue wallpaper on the vaulted columns electrify the space and engage the adjacent activity areas. Diversifying the needs of separate spaces while at the same time unifying their sensibilities, this collection of projects provides a semi-urban texture and spatiality that re-focuses the organization of the complex at large.

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    The 109 Repulse Complex (2013) by davidclovers

    Client: The Repulse Bay Limited– a wholly owned subsidiary of Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
    Location: Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

    Type:
    A 37 Story, 49 Unit Apartment/Serviced Apartment tower
    A swimming pool
    3 Towers
    Main lobby
    A Café
    Architectural Design + Interior Design

    Status: Completed April/August 2013

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