RichardHO Architects / 499 Upper East Coast Road
“Sited along Upper East Coast Road, 499 is an instance of balance achieved in architecture; a conservation of historical character while appealing to the contemporary needs of modern living. Hidden behind the late shop house front facade reveals to one a transition from old to new manifested within the physical body of the building itself, presented through the retained shop house front leading to a new three storey volume with a roof terrace. Light pouring in from the large skylight draws one further into the depths of the shop house towards the central atrium which opens up into a 3 storey space, featuring a triple volume granite wall that concludes with the soft splashing of the water feature. Above this lies a timber bridge linking the old and new volumes on the ground, and a staircase spiralling up to a transitional experience between the two different spaces. This is a fresh translation of the traditional air well, providing ventilation through the operable timber windows of the roof terrace and allowing light to penetrate the inner spaces.”
Photos courtesy of RichardHO Architects.