Design Notes: Updates on Central Police Station (CPS) by Herzog & de Meuron

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I stumbled upon these two renderings of the CPS Central Police Station the other day on the ARUP website. What’s notable about these images is that 1) they’re not cloudy and abstract like the previous official images of the project and 2) they show the building massing performance OUTSIDE the CPS property and gives us a good example of how the iconic building may be perceived from afar. What I also appreciate about the building is that the facade and skin system has been refined and it looks quite interesting. I do have to say that its Swiss designers, Herzog & de Meuron’s earlier works show a real interest not only in tactile materiality in their facade systems, but also in the color, hue, and texture, their materials create as a way to contextualize the object within the existing environment. Earlier works play with glass, stone, and use of rougher copper or CORten hues. The latest two projects for Hong Kong, the CPS and now M+, really do play it safe with its use of white. Even the first scheme for CPS (the bamboo scaffolding homage) was green steel. Is this a choice by the architects to play it safe as a result of Hong Kong’s extremely prickly and conservative building approvals environment? Who knows. Hope to get more information about the Jockey Club’s CPS project in the next few months… and who the possible tenant running the heritage & contemporary art museum will be.

MORE INFORMATION Central Police Station / DESIGN Herzog & de Meuron

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