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23-39 Blue Pool Road: luxury real estate unlike any other

Boasting 18 residences at the sought-after Happy Valley address, 23-39 Blue Pool Road redefines luxury

23-39 Blue Pool Road offers an antidote to the kind of high-density, high-rise living that typifies Hong Kong’s urban environment
23-39 Blue Pool Road offers an antidote to the kind of high-density, high-rise living that typifies Hong Kong’s urban environment | Image: This photo was taken on March 31, 2015, at 23-39 Blue Pool Road’s neighbouring area. This photo has been processed using computerised imaging techniques and is for reference only

An exceptional real-estate opportunity in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, 23-39 Blue Pool Road enriches Hong Kong’s urban heritage, creating a lasting architectural legacy that will be admired by generations to come.

Each of the 18 semi-detached houses features its own foyer, balcony, flat roof, courtyard and garage, blending around 425sq m (4,571-4,599sq ft) of saleable area [1] with flexible interiors, including five ensuite rooms, and much-coveted outdoor space in a metropolis where such attributes are as prized as they are rare.

Urban living with tranquillity

“Whereas neighbourhoods in London, New York and Chicago were historically built with great three-, four- and five-storey homes, a series of houses forming its own street is a very unusual situation in Hong Kong because of the city’s topography and density,” explains James von Klemperer FAIA, RIBA, president and design principal with the project’s architect, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

“Multistorey dwellings like this enable a lifestyle that is very different from what is normally possible in a typical Hong Kong apartment or even a duplex.” Fittingly, 23-39 Blue Pool Road offers an antidote to the kind of high-density, high-rise living that typifies Hong Kong’s urban fabric. Sitting at the gateway to one of the city’s most sought-after addresses for elite families, Jardine’s Lookout, residents can take a break from the frenetic pace of city life while enjoying the utmost accessibility.

Private forecourt sheltered by sculpted bronze façade offering a good sense of arrival
Private forecourt sheltered by sculpted bronze façade offering a good sense of arrival | Image: This photo was taken on July 24, 2014, at 23-39 Blue Pool Road. This photo has been processed using computerised imaging techniques and is for reference only

Perfectly poised between Hong Kong’s vibrant Wan Chai and Causeway Bay districts and its verdant mountainous interior, Blue Pool Road is situated in Happy Valley, an unrivalled location in the heart of the harbour city.

Home to the Happy Valley Racecourse, prestigious private schools, destination eateries and independent boutiques, Happy Valley has a sophisticated urban village atmosphere that appeals to families and singles alike.

Unique typology for refined living

Occupying its own private balcony, which has been carved into one of Happy Valley’s steep hillsides, 23-39 Blue Pool Road displays the highest sophistication of design thinking in each and every one of its details.

Special care has been lavished on the sequence of spaces involved in the ritual of entry, adding a unique quality to residents’ experiences of arrival at each house.

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Each residence has its own small but dignified forecourt that is defined and sheltered by 3.8m-tall screens of sculpted bronze, works of art in which particular attention has been given to their finish and patina.

Once inside the residence, the impact of its unique internal courtyard becomes immediately evident, affording garden views from both the kitchen and living room while providing the twin benefits of natural ventilation and daylight.

A similar sense of openness and privacy is afforded by each residence’s roof terrace [2] (around 124sq m – 1,325-1,344sq ft), which can be easily accessed thanks to the internal elevator that is fitted in each home.

Privacy and sustainability were key considerations in the design of the project’s gently folded façade, which is inspired by traditional Chinese folding screens. More than just a curtain wall that separates the interior from the exterior, this inflected façade affords a high degree of insulation while ensuring discreet, indirect views into and out of the buildings. It also contains a system of mechanical blinds, sandwiched between the layers of double-glazing, designed to absorb light and heat from the sun in a manner that helps to combat heat gain, which is normally responsible for the largest energy use in buildings in Hong Kong.

The internal courtyard at Unit B, 27 Blue Pool Road, of around 29-84sq m (316-906sq ft), provides the twin benefits of natural ventilation and daylight
The internal courtyard at Unit B, 27 Blue Pool Road, of around 29-84sq m (316-906sq ft), provides the twin benefits of natural ventilation and daylight | Image: This photo has been processed using computerised imaging techniques and is for reference only

From the seamless flow and flexibility of its internal spaces to its combination of internal courtyards and roof terraces, all the project’s unique elements combine to afford an unparalleled quality of life.

Enlightened award-winning design

A truly innovative response to a unique location, 23-39 Blue Pool Road is the first project in the world to be registered for the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes International Pilot. It is also an award-winning development, having been recognised by the World Architecture Festival, the American Institute of Architects and MIPIM Asia for the quality of design, its impeccable environmental credentials and unique sense of place.

The special collaboration

Envisioned by Hang Lung Properties, a top-tier property developer in Hong Kong and mainland China, and designed by the world-renowned architectural practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), 23-39 Blue Pool Road is the product of a long-standing collaboration that began in 1992.

A practice with impeccable credentials, KPF is responsible for the design of six of the top 12 tallest buildings in the world and has recently garnered plaudits for overseeing the transformation of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and its master plan for the new Hudson Yards neighbourhood in Manhattan, the largest private real-estate development in US history.

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KPF’s long partnership with Hang Lung Properties extends to a series of landmark developments throughout mainland China and Hong Kong, including an urban market for Tianjin, Riverside 66 mall, and the mixed-use development Spring City 66 in Kunming.

To discover more about the unique residential opportunities available at 23-39 Blue Pool Road, visit www.23-39bluepoolroad.com or call +852-8203 0010, private viewing by appointment only.

Awards: LEED for Homes International Pilot – Gold Level Certificate (US Green Building Council 2013); Best Residential Award – Certificate of Excellence (Perspective Awards 2013); Best Residential Project – Silver (MIPIM Asia 2014); Residential Architect of the Year (Hong Kong) – Chivas 18 Architecture Awards 2015; Design Award (AIA New York State 2015); Shortlisted for Best Housing Project (World Architectural Festival 2015); American Architecture Awards 2018.

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