THE SUN GROUP
7200 m2 / 77,550 ft2
Benjamin Lam, Kin Cheong Chan, Stefani Lai, Jeffrey Chow, Natalie Lau, Sam Leung
"WORKING AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE NO LONGER SEPARATED BUT CLOSELY RELATED TO ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY"
The former Sun House Building was completed in 1977 and mainly functioned as an office tower with retail shops on the ground level. As time passes, the building became less popular following the deterioration in aesthetic appeal and style, thus a new design was in demand to change the image of the architecture and adapt the modern progression of the urban fabric in the business district of Hong Kong.
A skin system is introduced as the new façade to the architecture. The metal cladding offers a modern interpretation of the architecture while sustaining a vintage impression. Light bronze fins not only draw the verticality of the architecture aesthetically but also perform as the sun-shading device that enhances energy performance for the working environment. The influence of this new intervention continues to the interior as it also diverts attention to the structural columns and modified the old uneven modular system for better spatial and layout planning.
Lighting becomes an essential element to portray spatial concepts in the lobby area for an impactful first impression. Against the dark ceiling, is the light bronze rods wrapping and layering with lights hung and arrayed in loops that fall to different heights. Along the corridor of the lift waiting area, is a wall detailed with bronze dividends and diffuse glass. The combination of light and bronze gentle the luminous effect to the space and give a venerable character to the building.