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July 1, 2020

Plans announced for Airside at CBD 2.0

Nan Fung Group has recently announced its plan for Airside, a 1.9 million sq ft mixed-use commercial development in the Kai Tak area (CBD 2.0). The flagship project, which set a record HK$24.6 billion land bid in 2017, comprises of a 47-storey mixed-used development building including an over 30-storey Grade A office and a multi-storey retail complex with an interconnected underground shopping street. The total investment in the project will reach HKD$32 billion. 
    The Airside building has been crafted by architecture and design firm Snøhetta. Their design was inspired by the intense fusion of natural elements, historic structure, and contemporary urban spaces in Hong Kong. The project reflects this by inviting the outside in, while connecting seamlessly to some of the main surrounding features in the area including the Kai Tak Park and the Kai Tak River.

    The 200m high development will have Grade A offices that covers a gross floor area of 1.2 million sq ft with one of the largest floor plates in the city of approximately 32,000-53,000 sq ft. The 700,000 sq ft shopping mall at Airside provides ample space for retail, cuisine and leisure experiences. The development offers cascading greenery, open-air rooftop, terraces and surrounding grounds that will constitute 33% of the site area.
    The project is also advocating a sustainable green lifestyle supported by unique facilities such as Hong Kong's first ever automatic bicycle parking bay to encourage green mobility; sky farming; automated smart waste sorting and storage; a water-saving and rainwater retention strategy; and efficient centralised district-cooling and indoor air quality awareness that will make it one of the most environmentally-friendly landmarks in town.
    Every sustainable design detail has been carefully crafted in line with this framework to make Airside the first building in Hong Kong to receive five highest green-building certifications. These include platinum pre-certification of US LEED, provisional platinum certification of Hong Kong BEAM Plus New Building, platinum pre-certification of WELL Building Standard, final platinum certification of BEAM Plus Neighbourhood and final certification of the China Green Building Label 3-Star.  
    The development is set to open in Q4 2022.