Faced with overwhelming urban density, many metropolises are turning to innovative architectural solutions that are redefining the spaces city-dwellers live and work in. Leading the way in creative property development is a residential development called “Skypark”, spearheaded by Adrian Cheng – who is perhaps best known for founding K11, the world’s first museum-retail hybrid – under New World Group.
The name refers to Skypark’s centerpiece – a private rooftop park in the centre of Kowloon, amidst the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok’s Sneaker Street. The landscaped space exemplifies the project’s artisanal concept, crafting a beautiful co-living space and shared community for like-minded millennials.
Designed in collaboration with Dutch architecture firm concrete, who is also behind the W Verbier Hotel in Switzerland and the Food Square at the New World Trade Centre in New York, Skypark seeks to “break the walls” and encourage interactions between the residents, their neighbours, and the natural environment around them.
Instead of your usual penthouse, the top floor houses “The Aurora” clubhouse – one long, continuous space that flows from gym to library to indoor swimming pool (complete with poolside bar), with few doors in sight and stunning views from every angle.
The indoor facilities transition effortlessly to the outdoor sky garden, linked by a set of “Sky Stairs” that double as a sofa seating area and transform the Mong Kok cityscape into a stage performance.
The grassy lawn on the rooftop is a gorgeous social space and a rare bubble of respite in hectic Hong Kong – we could definitely picture having a laid-back barbecue dinner with friends there, or just lying on the grass and dreaming under the stars.
To tick every box, they even have wind and solar renewable energy sources installed to power some of the building’s energy consumption.
While none of these concepts are entirely new, they are relatively rare in Hong Kong. Here’s to paving the way for property developers to play a more imaginative role in shaping our city’s living spaces.
Scroll through our slideshow below for a first look at Skypark:
This post originally appeared on the website of our sister publication, Hong Kong Tatler.
Images courtesy of Skypark