TWOTWOSIX (2011)

A classic Chinese tenement walk-up building constructed in the 1960s, occupying a corner lot facing Hollywood Road Park with a site area of 2,500 square feet. The ground floor is zoned commercial use while the floors above are for residential use.

 

The typical approach for a project like this would be redeveloping it into a high rise apartment block. However, when we looked at our surroundings, all the adjacent buildings were 5-storeys tall so we asked ourselves how to retain the aesthetic harmony and integrity of the neighbourhood.

 

In the end, we kept the building’s architectural form, retained all the beams and column but completely gutted the interior. An elevator was retrofitted into the building core and the entire building was upgraded to the latest specifications.  London-based Studioilse, led by Ilse Crawford, was commissioned to lead the project which became known as TwoTwoSix, one of the most sought after residential project on Hollywood Road.