Giverny that located in Sai Kung, Hong Kong, was designed by Ronald Lu & Partners. Located on a scenic headland overlooking Pak Sha Wan and surrounding hilltops, this prestigious residential development consists of 63 two-storey townhouses ranging from 110 to 260 sq m. In terms of site planning, the terraced Clubhouse is strategically located at the site entrance to create a ‘landscape focus’, while all the houses are distributed along the access road to capitalise sea views. With a ‘naturalistic’ and ‘modern tropical’ approach, a retreat with resort ambience is envisaged. Nature is brought into the houses through the incorporation of side gardens and rustic materials.
The project uses a wide range of natural materials like masonry and timber which are detailed in a non-conventional way to further articulate our ideas. The interplay and juxtaposition of contrasting finishes is the emphasis of the architects’ ideas through colour, texture, light and shadow.
The primary challenge of the project is to elegantly break down the density and create an interesting passage from the front gate to the house. Their solution is to create a journey of discovery by breaking down the scale with entrance forecourts and garages, increasing spatial layering through materials and architectural features and finally treating the surface with steps, ramps and modulation of light and shadow.
The site design of Giverny aims to extend the site beyond its physical boundary by capturing the layers of mountainous surroundings and echoing the mirror-like suface of the Sai Kung Sea. The idea is shaped by establishing visual connections with its surrounding nature, preserving existing trees and integrating landscape elements into the architecture. We want ambiguity between nature and architecture