K11 ATELIER King’s Road
ESKYIU designed the interior and conceptual curatorial framework for the K11 ATELIER King’s Road project, from concept to design detailing. The overlapping roles of the multidisciplinary project – from interior design, event proposal, branding strategy to graphic identity, promotes the necessary cultural innovation and programmatic flexibility to go beyond an office building. With New World Development as the client there is an open-minded approach and willingness to collaborate on a vision to reformulate the design brief to foster the bespoke qualities of the building. K11 ATELIER King’s Road is a hybrid that combines moments of transformation, sustainability and peculiarity into a fully functional Grade-A office, with embedded moments of unique design and the infrastructure to allow for much more.
Certifications the building has attained include:
WELL Platinum pre-certification (Core & Shell)
LEED Platinum pre-certification (Core & Shell)
BEAM Plus Platinum pre-certification
Interior Design with landscape concepts & Curatorial Strategy led by ESKYIU’s Creative Directors/Lead Designers: Eric Schuldenfrei & Marisa Yiu; Project Design & Architecture ESKYIU team members: Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Chen Lok Yan, Mevion Famos, Toby Cheung, Celia Xiliu Yang; Design interns: Kent Muddle, Yongki Sunarta, Adeline Chan, Calvin Ho.
UNIQUE ART/ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
By Artist/ Designer: Eric Schuldenfrei & Marisa Yiu
EVERYDAY HERITAGE, 2019/2020
Everyday Heritage reflects on the original buildings that once stood on site, against the backdrop of the rich history of North Point that surrounds the fabric of the city. The original buildings had the Chinese characters “吉祥大樓一九六零年營建” on the walls of the small former residential workshop. “Lucky Tower built in the year 1960” in Chinese records “Lucky Tower”, a pair of residential buildings that stood in this plot since 1960. The artists/designers repurpose the terrazzo pieces and tiling to present its history as a poetic tribute to the past. Encased in modern dichroic glass of which the colours change along different lighting conditions, the combination of the two is a unique mix of heritage and modernism, enhancing the identity of the site. As an extension the dichroic glass material weaves through the entire building vertically, integrating art, heritage and architecture for functional everyday use.
NATION WALL, 2019/2020
NATION WALL integrates the excavated quarry granite stone transformed, with a playful nod to its past. Composed of beveled blocks of stone excavated from the original building site, the wall abstractly presents the Chinese characters “吉祥大廈NATION ST禮信街” from left to right, where the former location of the Nation Street intersected the building site.“吉祥大廈”was the name of the pair of residential buildings that once stood in this plot, meaning “Lucky Tower”. “禮信街” was Nation Street in Chinese, which used to separate the two buildings. The light box composed of a strata of rammed earth shines up to the heritage wall, resonating with the building’s concept of connecting its core to the power of the earth and the basement feature walls extending to the ground floor space.
RAMMED EARTH, 2019
ESKYIU designers are fascinated by layers of nature’s aspirations and material organization: from earth to atmosphere for this vertical city , and cultural project. The team dedicated time to rethink the ground basement with a unique earth installation examining the potential of the sustainable Rammed Earth technique, an old technique for constructing foundations, floors, and walls using natural raw materials such as earth, chalk, lime, or gravel. With the layering, site context, technology and unexpected nature interwoven throughout. The conceptual starting point of the sectional stratas throughout the building by ESKYIU, start with the earth, wood, stone, then the “Field” above and the vertical lightness of glass to the immaterial and natural atmosphere & air above.
MORE UNIQUE ART & ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES WILL BE UNVEILED SOON.
Collages, drawings and concept sketches by ESKYIU.
Photography by Kevin Mak of 1km Studio; photography by Chester Ong of Skylight Productions, courtesy of New World Development.