Hong Kong is a city of hypnotic colours, breath-taking views and diverse shapes. From the iconic skyline to the heritage buildings that represent its vivid colonial past and hybrid style, Asia’s global city is full of urban gems that are worth a visit – or a snap.
We’ve rounded up some of the best architectural wonders that better represent Hong Kong’s eclectic style:
OPUS Hong Kong is Frank Gehry’s first residential building and an ode to our city. Gehry drew inspiration from the scenery surrounding the site to build twelve luxury and residential units, all of which have a different floor plan and spectacular view due to the structure of the building. Designed to make the most of the panoramic view, the residential complex turns as it rises. Each apartment also has a series of balconies that exalt the details and the style of the tower.
53 Stubbs Rd, Mount Cameron, Hong Kong
Committed to nurturing design talents, The Hong Kong Design institute is a leading educational institution under the VTC group. Located in Tiu Keng Leng , the structure is a metaphorical presentation of creativity based on the theme of the white sheet and designed by French architects Coldéfy & Associés. The structure of the campus is said to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the school as well as enlighten and inspire the minds of future designers.
3 King Ling Road, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O
Completed in 2013 but officially open in 2014, the tower is home to PolyU's School of Design. Celebrated late architect Zaha Hadid designed the complex to celebrate her style and vision and the role of Hong Kong as a design hub. “The fluid character of the Innovation Tower is generated through an intrinsic composition of its landscape, floor plates and louvers that dissolves the classic typology of the tower and the podium into an iconic seamless piece.” Hadid said of the building.
School of Design, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Housing estates are undisputed symbols of Hong Kong’s urban development over the years. Built in 1975 and named after housing society member Mr Michael Wright, the Lai Tak Tsuen public housing estate is one of the most iconic and peculiar ones. Four of its blocks were built in a cylindrical shape to optimise the space.
Lai Tak Tsuen Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
The Chi Lin Nunnery complex is one of the most perfect examples of the physical contrasts that define Hong Kong. Established in 1934 and renovated in 1990, the large Buddhist complex includes a series of temple halls, lotus ponds as well as gold, clay and wooden statues. Located on top of the picturesque Diamond Hill, the Tang Dynasty-style structures are surrounded by tall, contemporary towers.
5 Chi Lin Dr, Sheung Yuen Leng, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Leading Asian design studio Aedas completed the stunning private mansion THR350 in 2013 to international acclaim and recognition from the design community. The nine-storey private house is designed with detailed components for its art-loving residents as well as observers. The building stands out for its unique blend of different materials and for its sophisticated approach to smart living.
350 Tai Hang Road, Jardine's Lookout, Hong Kong
Perhaps better known as the rainbow homes – and where everyone loves to take Instagram photos – the residential estate was built in 1962 and still houses over 18,000 people. Developed as a part of a social scheme for low income families, legend has it that the bright colours of its façade were meant to uplift the moods of its residents.
Choi Hung Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon East
Opened in September 2016, the M+ Pavilion now serves as the primary site for exhibitions of the museum for visual culture while the M+ building is being built. A symbol of innovation and eco-frendly architecture, it will then serve as a space for up-and-coming artists to display their works.
West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
The Blue House is one of the few remaining sites that still represents Wan Chai’s rich cultural heritage. Blending Western colonial elements with traditional Chinese features, it was originally built as a hospital and later turned into a temple and a kung fu studio.
72 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Previously known as the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, the recently converted complex is now Hong Kong’s newest centre of design and arts. Hosting contemporary and modern art performances as well as stand-up comedies and shows, the compound also provides historical tours of the site to preserve its heritage and historical significance.
10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong