Young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of Hong Kong. Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground.
Lifting the building above the street level allows for a green square beneath the building that increases the area of the existing recreation zone. Suspended elevators provide public direct access to the buildings amenities, serving as the primary infrastructure linking the building to the ground.
The amenities are organized throughout the building in three parts. The lowest part of the building consists of the nightclubs, while the midlevel’s offers the public programs for both business and pleasure. The midsection is comprised of a business center, retail space, restaurant and a spa center with a semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, along with the lobby and security access for the hotel.
The upper portion of the building is dedicated to the hotel. As all the floor slabs consist of the same depth and size, the structure tapers inwards towards the top to allow for balconies for the single and double rooms, and terraces in the suites, aerial villas and the presidential suite.
The following is some further information from the architects:
“According to existing situation with extremely compact planning we have got an idea of pendant architecture. We elevated our object over the ground stripped the cover “rind” down and leant it on the nearest buildings creating the load-bearing frames. This spatial structure like the jet wings let the whole building soar in space.
Due to such design we created a green square under the building and increased the territory of existed recreation zone.
Visually and functionally our building consists of three parts:
- Nightclubs. The lowest part of the building.
- Public multi leveled lobby with security access to hotel. Spa center with semi-Olympic swimming pool, business center , store, restaurant and etc. The central part of the building horizontally developed.
- Hotel. The upper part of the building. All slabs have regular outline with declining edge of filler structure towards the upper stores. This create an opportunity to make balconies in single and double rooms and terraces in suites, aerial villas and in presidential suite.
The building communicated with the ground by lifts that go up to the lobby through the nightclubs zone open for all. From the lobby you should use another lifts to get to zones with registered access: hotel, spa centre and etc.
Our construction is an architectural parasite that leans on nearest buildings and uses their communication infrastructure.
Evacuation is organized through the three bearing “wings” towards the nearest buildings.
The whole load from our building is delivered to the buildings it leans through the load-bearing frames “wings”. Therefore the vertical and horizontal structures are made from the light and strong composite materials.”