Hong Kong Stock Exchange Connect Hall, HK Island interior design, Chinese commercial architecture photos
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Connect Hall in HK
13 June 2023
Design: LAAB Architects
Location: Hong Kong Island, China
Photos: Kris Provoost, Otto Ng
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Connect Hall, China
LAAB Architects presents its transformation of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Connect Hall, embracing the institution’s vision as the marketplace of the future connecting the East and the West.
Being the live backdrop of financial news, the Connect Hall must remain open throughout the renovation, rendering any structural changes nearly impossible. The design thus focuses on modular systems with careful selections of surface materials.
The new design features a well-defined theatrical entrance, and an auditorium with an origami ceiling equipped with advanced lighting and an AV system. Multiple pocket spaces featuring a digital wall, a media wall, and a gong wall are designed to cater to the increased demand for social events and media interviews. Sustainable materials are used to echo Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s commitment to environmental awareness.
The project has been selected as the 2023 Architizer A+ Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Architecture + Branding category.
Embracing Socialness and Sustainability
As technological advancement shifted the stock exchange from on-floor to off-floor trading, the purpose of the Connect Hall has also changed from physical trading to social and financial events. The design develops different pocket spaces to cater to social events, including IPOs and financial conferences, each connected by a curved wall wrapped in stripes of navy fabric. The curved walls optimize acoustic quality, allowing different events to be held simultaneously.
The previous data center is transformed into a multipurpose room with a kitchen. The design embraces green and sustainable elements, including carpets made from recycled fishing nets that are used throughout the space.
Engaging Visitors with a Theatrical Experience
The new entrance foyer creates a well-defined and theatrical experience, enhanced by the convex mirror ceiling with glittering lights and stock market ticker tape. Ceremonies, conferences, and events will take place in the auditorium. An origami ceiling system is designed to optimize acoustic performance, while integrating bright mechanical lighting and advanced AV systems to satisfy the increased demand for live streaming and webinars in the post-COVID era. The origami ceiling changes from burgundy to navy, depending on the viewer’s vantage point.
Inheriting Legacy through the Digital
Due to its media prominence, media backgrounds with branding elements are pivotal to the design of the Connect Hall. With more than 20,000 LED pixels embedded between the navy wall tiles, the digital wall displays different animations, including digitalized Chinese calligraphy by Hong Kong-based calligraphy Master, Wah Gor. The digital wall, media wall, and gong wall provide different spaces for media photography and interviews.
HK Stock Exchange Connect Hall in Hong Kong, China – Building Information
Interior Design: LAAB Architects – https://www.laab.pro/en/
Official Project Name: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Connect Hall
Location: Central, Hong Kong
Client: Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Design Team: Otto Ng, Sherry Fung, Katie Lai, Emily Fok, Daisy Lam, Venus Lung, Raphael Kwok, Kee Chan, Sam Leung, Matthew Choy, Olivia Shiu, Catherine Cheng, Chun Hang Yip, Phoebe Kung, Maggie Ip, Tat Lau, Benji Poon, Kelvin Lam
Project Manager: PSI Asia
MEP Consultant: EGIS
Lighting Consultant: Isomatrix
AV and Acoustic Consultant: AEC
Quantity Surveyor: Hesed
Digital Animator: Easemotion
Photographers: Kris Provoost, Otto Ng
Project Completion Date: 21/06/2022
About LAAB Architects
LAAB is a collective of 45 architects, artists, designers, engineers, makers, and sociologists specializing in spatial innovations. Directed by Otto Ng and Chun Hang Yip, the team has completed a diverse body of work ranging from furniture and interior designs to architecture and public space.
Notable work includes the transformable food kiosk (Harbour Kiosk), the sustainable coffee shop (T · CAFE), the digitally crafted shopping center (K11 MUSEA), the two museum restaurants at the M+ Museum (ADD+ and Mosu Hong Kong), and the new Phillips Asia Headquarters in West Kowloon.
LAAB has been named “The Next Progressive” by Architect Magazine and was named “The Design Studio of the Year” by the INDE Awards.
Photographers: Kris Provoost, Otto Ng
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