Genesis @ Wong Chuk Hang, Island South

Wholesale Conversion of Industrial Building @ Wong Chuk Hang into GENESIS


Under the initiatives of Hong Kong Development Bureau to facilitate wholesale conversion of industrial buildings, the project aims to revitalize abandoned industrial building into a contemporary vertical artist village at Hong Kong Island South. Consisting of 22 floors, it marks a new chapter of adaptive re-use in architecture in Hong Kong.


With the support of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the 12th Floor of the GENESIS is dedicated to offer low rent studios to artists and designers to promote local art and culture development.


The Skin Architecture
While one of the client’s expectations is to include elements of “Italian” and “Ferrari” into the building, the unique Ferrari yellow of the skin architecture and the twists on the elevation are reminiscent of the outstanding speed of the Italian sports car Ferrari. The identical Ferrari yellow also makes the newly furnished architecture prominent and which adds vitality to the surrounding area.


The Vertical Twist
The introduction of the Vertical Twisted Architectural Fins is an attempt to “Dismantle" and to "Disorder" the monotonous elevation treatment of the original skin, whilst the Twists are the orthodox response to the Ascending Flyover right in front of the site. The Vertical Twisted Architectural Fins also perform as the Vertical Lighting Devices for the architecture.


Such “Verticality" reveals the Vertical Forces of the Ancient Gothic Church, but in a much more Contemporary Manipulation.