A new chapter in Hong Kong residential design

  • Make’s first completed building in Hong Kong
  • Raising the area’s standards of residential architecture 
  • A fully integrated design

Our vision was to create an innovative design with a striking visual appeal that is also environmentally responsible.

John Puttick
Lead project architect, Make

Project Details

Location Hong Kong
Status Built 2013
Sectors Residential, Tall buildings
Area 9,000m²/96,900ft²
Client Swire Properties

Our design for Dunbar Place, a striking 23-storey tower located in one of Kowloon’s prime districts, has set a precedent for residential architecture in the area. And it’s raising the bar for sustainability, having achieved a BEAM Plus Platinum rating – the highest standard achievable in Hong Kong.

The tower features a geometrical form inspired by traditional Chinese interlocking toy puzzles. We’ve ‘pulled out’ protruding balconies and bay windows to give the facade a 3D effect, and carved deep vertical slots into each elevation to allow natural light and ventilation to penetrate the building. The main body is clad in a silver anodised aluminium finish – a material rarely seen in Hong Kong residential architecture.

We developed the interiors and the landscaping too, as part of a holistic design that harmonises all the building’s features and solidifies its distinctive identity. The result is an eye-catching structure that stands out as much for its height and angled profile as the stunning living environment it provides inside.