By Lauren Jade Hill
This autumn, construction will conclude on the residential project that’s been cause of great anticipation, The Pavilia Bay in Hong Kong. As many as 983 residential units will be encompassed within the development’s two towers, with the benefit of being located an easily commutable distance from the city’s vibrant downtown area. Leading property specialists New World Development are behind the residential project, but it’s the involvement of superyacht design firm Vitruvius Yachts that has garnered particular interest.
The renowned yacht designer Philippe Briand and his team of designers at Vitruvius Yachts were taken on to create the two-level Clubhouse, which lies at the heart of the building, providing a space for residents to socialize in, with a view over the Rambler Channel and Ting Kau Bridge. It was after seeing motoryachts such as the 73-meter Grace E and sailing yachts such as Vertigo that inspired New World Development’s Executive Vice-Chairman Dr Adrien Cheng to approach the London-based superyacht designers, seeing them as the ideal fit for Pavilia Bay.
This innovative approach to the design has been the cause of great excitement surrounding the development, making it stand out from other waterfront residences. As the Vitruvius Yachts team brought the materials and techniques they used for yachts onto land, the designers became the first in Hong Kong to incorporate carbon fibre, which was the material used for the Clubhouse’s spiral staircase, into the structure of a building.
To provide a social setting for residents in a warm and neutral area, Vitruvius Yachts drew on their principles of finding equilibrium between proportion and efficiency, as well as science and art. The Clubhouse encompasses a light-filled spacious foyer, vast infinity pool, and a collection of rooms dedicated to music tuition, wellness, fitness and entertaining. Reflecting the interiors of the world’s most stylish superyachts, premium materials, furniture and lighting have been used throughout the space. And with sustainability at the forefront of the design, responsibly sourced materials have been used.
In addition to designing the Clubhouse, the superyacht designers also played a part in adapting the profile of the building to resemble the sails of a yacht, introducing a bridge at the base of the development to link the two towers.
Proving the success of this unique development, every residential unit was sold within three weeks of being on the market, reflecting people’s desire for innovative architecture that enhances the residents’ lifestyle.