Hong Kong’s Big Green Tower A Beacon Amid The Smog

Causeway Bay is one of the island of Hong Kong‘s most sought-after shopping destinations, but it also has a darker side, in that it’s known as one of the most polluted areas of the island. Now, Causeway Bay has a big green beacon in Hysan Place, a mixed-use tower that has become the first in the region to gain LEED pre-certification at the Platinum level by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Inhabitat reports that this 67,000-square-meter (721,182-square-foot) redevelopment was designed by the team of Kohn Pederson Fox and Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers, who were responsible for emphasizing a sustainable/environmental agenda from the project’s inception. Hysan Place represents the transformation of a 1970s structure into a green retail and office building, dovetailing efficient modern design with the culture of Causeway Bay.

Hysan Place, Hong Kong

image via Inhabitat

It’s not the 70s anymore, so the design of the all-new Hysan Place takes advantage of new codes and standards in place in Hong Kong. The result is the integration of a series of terraces, atriums and roof gardens into the tower structure. The tower appears to change shape depending on the angle at which you view it, thanks to the stacking interplay of its its various terraces and facades, creating an alternation of solids and voids that — in addition to looking pretty cool — brings green space and daylight into this modern tower.

Hysan Place has not only earned pre-certification at the Platinum level through the LEED green building system, it garnered a Merit award at the Hong Kong Green Building Awards 2012

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.