Hermès Landmark Prince’s Central Hong Kong
At the crossroads of Ice House Street and Des Vœux Road, the bustling main artery of Hong Kong Island, Hermès is opening a new store at the apex of the Landmark Prince's mall.
Designed and built by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI under the artistic direction of Denis Montel, the edifice draws its stylistic influences from local architecture. Inspired by bamboo scaffolding construction techniques, the copper-coloured anodised aluminium façade asserts the rhythm and verticality of bamboo.
Eight kilometres of rectangular tubes aligned to form a mantle with kinetic effects.
This storefront of a thousand reflections allows glimpses of a ground floor, a mezzanine level and an upper floor – two entrances and three levels totalling 852m2 of retail and reception space. The aluminium façade rises a further two storeys, accentuating the presence of Hermès at this strategic crossroads in the city.
The building’s pre-existing structure – comprising numerous pillars and a low ceiling height – required the architects to draw upon their constructive prowess.
To enable natural light to penetrate throughout, two wide shafts were bored vertically through the heart of the store. Staircases and daylight cascade down the openings. To expand the spaces, to give them verticality and to escape the predominance of structure, the floor areas have been subdivided using openwork screens and mobile partitions to create small lounges and private salons.
Comfortable intimacy is assured all through the store.
To bring in even more light, the corner of the building has been hollowed out at both ground floor and mezzanine level (the first floor). This hollow space captures and diffuses the light. On the upper level, it gives way to a balcony from which the city, its skyscrapers and its double-decker tram can be admired.
The interior decoration is the result of a meticulous search for colours and materials. Lacquered wood, leather, stucco, marble, and woven metal. A palette of warm colours ranging from the sandy hue of the women’s universe to the burnt wood shade of the men’s universe. Elements in champagne-coloured woven metal subdivide the spaces. The floor, in mosaic on the ground floor and bamboo parquet elsewhere, is in places covered with rugs that incorporate the pattern of bamboo fibres. The extensive use of glass on both façades suffuses the store with golden light. Filtered by a forest of bamboo in the heart of the urban jungle, it allows a sophisticated nature to regain its rights and powers.
À propos de RDAI / About RDAI
Founded by Rena Dumas in 1972 and now under the direction of Denis Montel, RDAI studio practices architecture, interior architecture and design. RDAI-Architecture was established in 2007 to focus on architectural projects. The creativity and versatility of RDAI have won the agency a worldwide reputation. The firm's recent work demonstrates the dexterity that has enabled it to conceive a diverse range of projects, within a single sphere of ideas. Working on all scales, from entire buildings to interior environments and individual objects, RDAI's distinguishing characteristic is its conceptual approach, which involves considering "the whole" in order to produce a rational and coherent project.