Hong Kong, HK


Central Market

About Project
Central Market is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent revitalization projects, the building grounds on a boundaryless spatial concept, respecting the old, reinventing with the new. Completed in August 2021, the building is the only existing pre-war market remaining in Hong Kong with an intact interior, spanning 122,000 square feet. Reinterpreted marketplace with modern designs and technology forms the baseline of the 21st-century transformation. Central Market has now become a place of cultural gathering, interweaving food, retailtainment, co-working, and cultural experiences through choreographed spaces, providing a new spatial typology, a new Playground for All experience.

Design Concepts
Under the core design concepts of Boundaryless Spatial Experience, Green Urban Oasis, and Curated Heritage Experience, the project provides a new typology of open space and a new Playground for All experience.

A Boundaryless Spatial Experience, Connecting City Fabric
The ground floor of Central Market is interconnected between Queen Victoria Street and Jubilee Street, with the adaptation of a new boundaryless open concept, shops are designed as individual islands, walls are replaced by green partitions, weaving the retail and food experience with the heritage elements of Central Market. The central oasis opens up as a green piazza through the openness of bi-folding doors on both sides, providing an open space for both performance and events with cinematic experiences.
A connecting grand staircase landing is redefined as an open public cinema, fitted with interactive LED and sound-absorbing walls, blending semi-cinematic experience and new technology, to become a playground in the day, a movie gathering place at night. A 2,500 sq. ft. multifunctional event space is located on the first floor and extends beyond the open areas to connect the semi-outdoor public space for cultural events.
With 150 open seating and 5G Wi-Fi coverage provided within Central Market, visitors can truly experience our project vision of ‘Anywhere can dine, anywhere can work, anywhere can play'.

Beyond Green Urban Oasis
The Green Urban Oasis has always been the core value of the project. Besides the green landscape at the public open space and central oasis, 700 green plants are scattered throughout the indoor spaces, extending the natural greening elements from outdoor to indoor.
400 green plants were encased in white planting cubes to formulate a green air-filtrating arcade at a 24-hour corridor, a Zen threshold to the restless passersby. The whole indoor space is divided into 12 planting areas, 300 plants were used as green partitions to divide and celebrate the spaces, transforming Central Market into a Green Urban Oasis, a green landmark to the neighborhood of Central.

A Curated Heritage Experience
The concept of a Curated Heritage Experience has been introduced to integrate all the activities with goals of heritage revitalisation and giving back to the people in mind. Central Market not only embraces the column and grids of the originally built structure, but also boasts a collection of 13 original market stalls, historical red brick walls that embody the building’s history, the hanging clock of the Grand Staircase, and collections of traditional shop signs and signages. The Curated Heritage Experience with technology and QR codes to portray the ever-changing story of Hong Kong in a ‘hide and seek’ manner for visitors to interact with an animated history of Central Market, offering ever-changing experiences to visitors.

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Status: Built
Location: Hong Kong, HK
Firm Role: Interior Architecture, Heritage Revitalisation
Additional Credits:
Central Market, Chinachem Group, Urban Renewal Authority

Photography: Dennis Lo

Central Market Fly Through