The site currently finds itself dislocated from the city on both east and west sides, and whilst serving as a nexus point for multiple modes of transportation, the freeway provides too much of a barrier of the site to be adequately engaged.
The idea of this “edge” needs to become consistently mediated; manipulated by landform, filtered by landscape and intersected thru pedestrianisation and building program.
By reanalysing the potential of existing pedestrian movement in the city, specifically the typology of “sky walks”, the edge between the site and the city is invariably blurred. The fine grain of the city becomes expressed by series of pedestrian links that engage with the existing and new, sky and ground, landscape and building…
A new waterfront promenade provides for active recreation, creating a strong link between the east and west ends of the site. A secondary promenade connecting the ferry terminals to the Convention Centre acts as “green sponge” filter the harbour water to improve the quality of water. Landform and landscape become dually utilised to cleanse the water and contribute to establishing viable growth in active recreation along and within Hong Kong Central Harbour.
The provision of civic and event spaces further encourage increased public occupation of the waters edge. A new civic park proposed for the area adjacent to the Tamar site creates a dialogue between public and municipal aspects of the site. A new park borders the old Star ferry line, creating the opportunity for special events to occur whilst respecting and interpreting the heritage of this area.
Various development parcels have been laid out with the intent of presenting viable commercial opportunities to the site. The feasibility of these landscape, promenades and event spaces is made so by the presence of retail, residential, commercial, civic and tourist building programs. The massing of these buildings is constantly offset by the presence of sky gardens, and the dispersion of built elements to allow the filtration of light and air to flow through the entirety of the site.