AIRSIDE — The New Kowloon East Landmark Goes Green

AIRSIDE is the 1.9 million square-feet mix-used commercial development with 30% greenery and open-air spaces in Kai Tak — the next-generation CBD, which is going to open on 28th September 2023. Steered by forging community resilience towards a sustainable future, AIRSIDE is the latest exemplar of Nan Fung Group’s commitment to sustainability with a vision of creating cohabitation for both humans and nature.

AIRSIDE is also advocating a sustainable green lifestyle supported by unique facilities, with a number of firsts in Hong Kong achieved, such as Hong Kong’s first smart bicycle parking system, automatic refuse collection system, and first Hong Kong commercial development connected to the Kai Tak District Cooling System, marking AIRSIDE as one of the most environmentally friendly landmarks in town.

Breakthroughs in Hong Kong:

1st and largest office-building Monocrystalline PV Farm and walkable PV, generating 270,000 kWh/year which is equivalent to monthly average electricity consumption of 700 residential flats in Hong Kong.

1st Smart Bicycle Parking System in Hong Kong, providing 48 parking spaces to promote low-carbon mobility in the community

1st commercial development connecting the Kai Tak District Cooling System (DCS)

1st Automatic Refuse Collection System (ARCS), collecting 4 types of waste/ recyclables (general waste, paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans)

A place for wholeness
Take a breath and embrace the wholeness experience — enjoy the change of pace as you establish a deeper connection with yourself, others and nature.
Fluidity and openness run deep in AIRSIDE’s DNA. Surrounded by greenery, terraces, and an open-air rooftop, no visitor’s experience will be the same. Each journey is a unique opportunity for you to rediscover your own meaning and purpose amidst the city’s rich biodiversity, featuring tropical plants, native flora, and lush vegetation against the gleaming skyline.

Innovative architecture
The AIRSIDE building has been crafted by Snøhetta, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm born in Oslo in 1987, is renowned for their unique interpretations of architecture and the surrounding environment. Their design was inspired by the intense fusion of natural elements, historic structure, and contemporary urban spaces in Hong Kong.

International-recognized certifications
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted as the design blueprint for AIRSIDE. Every sustainable design detail has been carefully crafted in line with this framework to make AIRSIDE the first building in Hong Kong to receive five most recognised green-building certifications. These include LEED C&S Platinum Certification, China Green Building Label 3 Stars, WELL Platinum Final, BEAM Plus Neighbourhood (ND) Platinum, and BEAM Plus New Building (NB) Platinum Provisional Certificate.

Grade-A office and retail spaces
At the heart of the building, a spacious retail atrium of almost 66,000 square meters is filled with natural light, creating a natural gathering point. This central atrium culminates in a rooftop garden, above which a tower tops out at 200 meters, containing more than 110,000 square meters of grade-A office and retail spaces, as well as provisions for a hotel. Both the tower and the base gently step down towards the southernmost corner, revealing and connecting the rooftops to the surrounding plaza and riverside promenade.

Sky farming and other sustainability facilities
Airside advocates a sustainable green lifestyle through its facilities; 6,000 square-feet sky farming, automated smart waste sorting and storage, natural ventilation, daylight enhancement, solar radiation protection, focus on thermal comfort, water saving, and rainwater management – not to mention the use of local materials and the establishment of Hong Kong’s first ever automatic bicycle parking bay to encourage green mobility.

Bicycle-friendly environment
With AIRSIDE positioned at its center, the Kai Tak Development (KTD) is set to create a bicycle-friendly environment for the community with a bicycle network that is inclusive for both cycling and walking, making cycling a part of everyday life in Hong Kong. Under the KTD development plan, AIRSIDE and its inbuilt automatic bicycle parking lot will be enclosed by a bicycle track that connects multiple scenic spots in the area. Pedaling towards the harbor through the Sung Wong Toi Garden, you will see a straight, seaside cycling path lying ahead. The path, formerly the No.1331 runway of the old Kai Tak Airport and known as one of the most challenging runways in the world, is now a playground for cyclists who love to experience the thrill of speed.

For those who prefer to pedal slowly, there is also an alternative route for your choosing. Simply hop on your bike at AIRSIDE and glide along Kai Tak River. You’ll be sharing the path, as well as the beautiful scenery, with fellow neighbours and walkers. Make a stop to take pictures whenever you come across an attraction you like; others might join you. And soon enough, you will be chatting with them about your bicycle or film camera. Whether you are a Kai Tak resident or simply here for a visit, your bicycle journey will allow you to experience the WHOLENESS that this place can offer.

Source: AIRSIDE and Snøhetta