Inspired by the sailing and dockyard, featured ceiling crystal lightings are purposely redesigned. The use of hand-blowing glass retains an exact shape of the fresnel lens from the lighthouse beacon, casting soft shadows on the floor. The place is transformed into a retail arcade with historical structural elements retained and exposed. For example, the open ceiling without dressed up is exposed to allow a seeing-through concrete waffle ceiling.
The site was a historical godown terminal called Holt's Wharf in Tsim Sha Tsui from 1910 until 1971. Decades ago, it was situated on top of the harbour as being a dockyard. Since the significance of the architecture character is simply too historic to be neglected, K11 positions the project with the concept of architectural monument, to retain the her structural elements. By embracing the beauty of its architectural features.
As a reinterpretation of the place, the biggest challenge is to retain the architectural features: decide what to be included, how much to be retouched. The proportion of old meets new is to be handled in a comfortable balance. Main materials used are concrete, brass and stainless steel; a sense of industrial and rust are exquisitely drawn from the original architecture. Entrance flooring of 100 thousand pine wood blocks gives a feeling of stepping on ship-decks, leaving a spacious atrium. The atrium waffle grid ceiling, also known as waffle slab, . The redesign is now embedded with 273 LED panels, programmed to resemble the outdoor weather of sunshine and tempest during navigation on sea.
Since the Dockside location marks one of the most iconic symbol of the city development, the project aims at preserving the piece of the memory that marks the city's success as a mobility hub and renovating the place to a young fashion shopping arcade targeting the millennials.