Hong Kong – Aedas-designed The Beacon in Hong Kong was crowned the Best Tall Building Project at LEAF Awards 2018, and highly commended for Best Sustainable Project at Blueprint Awards 2018 in Europe.
Executive Director Cary Lau drew inspirations from the city’s post-war structures to design The Beacon, setting an excellent example of contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture. In the early post-war years, it was common to create illegal iron balconies for residential units in Mongkok, a hyper-dense neighbourhood in Hong Kong, to maximise view and area.
The building design reinterprets these structures in a modern way – the irregular protrusions create unobstructed views for each unit. Also inspired by the home gardens which people created on those iron balconies, a green wall on the podium facade is designed to further connect the building with the historical cityscape and offer more greenery at the pedestrian level.