18 Kowloon East is a massive tower integrated in the skyline of Hong Kong, designed by Aedas and serving various space and living purposes. According to the architects, “the project is a 28-storey mixed-use building with offices, retail spaces and a car-park. With the building located in a community with dense industrial blocks, instead of providing another office tower entirely wrapped in a coolly glazed skin, the design investigates the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable design in such an industrial area. A design with efficient office floor plates and a rational box were requested by the client. With ‘green’ as the theme, the final design introduces extensive planting at the car-park floors located at the lower portion of the tower. In addition to the visually greening effect to the neighborhood, the planting also filters the air and improves the air quality within the car-park. Hopefully, the suspended particulates in the air can be reduced and the design is able to provide car-park users a more pleasant experience“. How would you comment on this building’s design, considering its context?
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