The site is indeed legendary. It dates back to 1931, when the Kadoorie Family purchased a plot that would become home to a handful of low-rise houses. A decade later, the number of houses had risen, with the addition, too, of the old St. George’s Mansions beside the former CLP headquarters. In the years that followed, the enclave grew — an avenue of ornamental trees was planted, and the area began to attract affluent families who were charmed by the tranquil bougainvillea-lined streets and drawn to the area’s low density and the architectural integrity of its historic houses.
The appeal of Kadoorie Avenue remains today, as do many of the families who still live there decades on, their residences now family legacies. However, new developments — particularly those that reference the heritage of the area — are rare, which is what makes the new St. George’s Mansions so distinctive.
Located on the site of the legendary old St. George’s Mansions, which was named by Sir Elly Kadoorie in the 1930s, the new development is a rare addition to Kadoorie Avenue. This sense of rarity and value is embodied in the design. An abundance of beige Gascogne limestone3, so soft in tone that it almost glows with sunlit warmth, is reminiscent of the off-white walls of the villas that surround the new property. Punched windows3 add to an aesthetic that takes inspiration from the past.
The location in the ‘heart’ of Kadoorie Hill is a serene oasis, in which St. George’s Mansions, comprising three connected towers offering 175 residences in total, stands. The vision for the project is to create something that draws on the heritage of the site, emphasising the highest quality of design and materials in order to build on and ensure a future for its legacy. That’s where the team at New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) came in.
‘The elegant design, together with the reﬁned details and quality craftsmanship, carry forward the best architectural traditions of Kadoorie Hill.’
‘During the process, we drew reference from the past, stepping back to move forward and really understand what other architects have done before us, so we can speak the same language, reinterpreting architectural elements from the past in ways that give continuity. We’ve created a new take on these ideas to create a 21st-century building,’ explains Grant Marani, partner at RAMSA.
The result is a trio of buildings that brings Kadoorie Hill’s past into the modern day. ‘We like to create a meaningful dialogue with the architecture of the neighbourhood and of the place,’ says Marani.
This is best reﬂected in the property’s two facades. While St. George’s Mansions stands out with its height and scale, the towers’ facades reﬂect the two sides of the neighbourhood. One faces Kadoorie Avenue and is designed to blend in with its setting, reﬂecting the proportions, scales, textures and horizontality, while the other brings a sense of modernism, with a larger scale and vertical components that echo the more urban setting.
Heritage elements are reﬂected in the new project too. Take, for example, the hooded windows3 of the original villas. ‘Over many of the windows we’ve introduced this element into our design to offer sun protection, but this detail also gives a nod to the architecture of the Kadoorie Hill houses to tie the two together. The new building and surrounding houses share common elements that make them one family,’ remarks Marani.
The design team also aimed to embody modern notions of luxury. ‘Part of what makes this project so unique and classy is the use of rich and authentic materials,’3 says Bina Bhattacharyya, associate partner at RAMSA. ‘The elegant design, together with the reﬁned details and quality craftsmanship, carry forward the best architectural traditions of Kadoorie Hill.’3
It’s this attentive and reﬁned approach that will see the new homes passed from generation to generation, much like the existing houses. As Bhattacharyya says, ‘We put a lot of thought into every aspect of the design to imbue it with a sense of place and permanence.’
Name of Street and Street Number of the Development: 24A Kadoorie Avenue^
District: Ho Man Tin
Website Address: www.stgeorgesmansions.hk#
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Vendor: CLP Property Investment Limited (as “Owner”); Paciﬁc Shine Limited (as “Person so engaged”) (Notes: “Owner” means the legal or beneﬁcial owner of the Development. “Person so engaged” means the person who is engaged by the Owner to co-ordinate and supervise the process of designing, planning, constructing, fitting out, completing and marketing the Development.). Holding companies of the Vendor (Owner): CLP Properties Limited and CLP Holdings Limited. Holding companies of the Vendor (Person so engaged): Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Limited, Sino Land Company Limited, King Chance Development Limited and World Focus Development Limited. Authorised Person for the Development: Cheng Yan Ying Grace. The ﬁrm or corporation of which an Authorised Person for the Development is a proprietor, director or employee in his or her professional capacity: AGC Design Limited. Building Contractor for the Development: Gammon Engineering & Construction Company Limited. The ﬁrms of solicitors acting for the Owner in relation to the sale of residential properties in the Development: Mayer Brown and Woo Kwan Lee & Lo. Authorised institution that has made a loan or has undertaken to provide ﬁnance for the construction of the Development: China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited. Any other person who has made a loan for the construction of the Development: King Chance Development Limited. The estimated material date for the Development to the best of the Vendor’s knowledge: 31 August 2022 (“Material Date” means the date on which the conditions of the land grant are complied with in respect of the Development. The estimated material date is provided by the Authorised Person for the Development. The estimated material date is subject to any extension of time that is permitted under the agreement for sale and purchase.)
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Date of printing: 25 September 2020
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