Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for a new skyscraper in Hong Kong.
Set in the heart of the central business district, the 36-storey Murray Road project plans to bring a green oasis to the centre of one of the world’s busiest cities.
Nature is the theme for 2 Murray Road, which has been designed to echo the organic forms of the natural world, with tranquil gardens and open spaces flowing throughout. In keeping with Zaha Hadid’s famous love of curves, the buildings rounded facade has been designed to blend seamlessly with nature as well as the city around it.
The building’s base will be elevated above the ground, acting as a shelter to a courtyard and gardens below. The design is inspired by the structural forms of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom. The Bauhinia is synonymous with the city, and is known as the Hong Kong orchid tree. It first propagated in the city’s botanic gardens close to the Murray Road site, and its flowering bud features on Hong Kong’s flag.
The project is situated at the east-west / north-south junction of Hong Kong’s network of elevated pedestrian walkways, and will offer easy access to surrounding shops, restaurants and gardens.
The skyscraper will replace a multi-storey car park and will be used largely as office space. Construction work on the project has already started, however, a completion date is yet to be confirmed.
Scroll through the gallery above to see images of 2 Murray Road