Transforming the Former Marine Police Headquarters into a Boutique Hotel as a jewel of the stunning, award-winning, colonial adaptive use project in Tsimshatsui: Meticulous work to preserve and reveal the historic, high headroom public spaces for the hotel public areas. Winning an open, international design competition, the HK Government selected our design, and awarded the contract to be accordingly implemented.
Discovering and revealing the cultural significance led the design and detailing. The critical role of precise global positioning technology from the site and the Timeball Tower and service, were brought to life in the restoration work. As well the typhoon signally and mast restoration, and noon-day gun.
Cultural & Community
Historical Research used to distill the cultural significance, then to guide the detailed design, refinement, and detailing to enrich historical experience. The global-positioning time-ball technologies researched with the HK Observatory and AMO, and restored into daily enactments. Timber Typhoon-Signal Masts researched and reconstructed, and Signal and Noon-day cannons researched, sourced, and replaced with Hotchkiss 6 pounders, authentic to the originals that once stood on the site.
Original gas lamps restored, connected, and made functioning with casts made of each.
Technologies of Structural Masonry, timber flooring, structural cast-iron, Brickwork, etc were sensitively restored and revealed and supported pioneering solutions amid the unresolved contradictory statutory regimes under the Antiquities and Monuments, and Buildings Ordinances.
Adaptive Re-use, Heritage & Revitalization
1881 Heritage, Adaptive Re-use development Tsimshatsui:
Careful Studies of history and historical technologies, and forging of innovative applications to preserve historic fabric despite the insistence of the Building Authority to require full current safety compliance.
Winning an open, international design competition, the HK Government selected our design, and awarded the contract to be accordingly implemented.