Victoria Park is a vital green lung in the centre of urban Hong Kong. Built in the 1950s on reclaimed land that was formerly a typhoon shelter, it acts as the city’s de facto public square and living room. The Hemispheres is a Henderson Land development adjacent to Victoria Park at the beginning of Gordon Road in Tin Hau. With 31 storeys and 119 units, its upper floors command panoramic views of both the park and the harbour.
Hong Kong-based CL3 worked with local architect Andrew Lee King Fun on The Hemispheres’ design. Although the units typically range from one to two bedroom units of 26 to 45 square metres, the top two levels offer three bedroom units of 80 square metres. “The project demonstrates compact living in the urban environment, making use of nature, greenery and natural ventilation,” says CL3’s founder and managing director William Lim. “A custom design chandelier in the lobby lends its name ‘hemispheres’ and acted as a design concept.”
CL3 was responsible for the interior design of the typical units and all public areas, including an exclusive clubhouse on the second level with a gym, spa, director’s club, outdoor landscaped garden and barbecue area. The façade is punctuated by portal framed balconies in white and orange, giving the building a strong identity. Common areas include natural stone in soothing shades of cream, grey and taupe, with the occasional splash of orange appearing in seating and accent lighting.
The units continue the neutral colour palette. All feature open kitchens, some with direct access to the balcony. “Floor to ceiling glazing was incorporated in the kitchen and bathroom, to capture views of Victoria Park,” says Lim. “Unique bi-folding door systems to the balcony allows free flow of space to extend the living room beyond the interior.”