Jointly developed by property developer Sino Land and investment holding company CLP Group, St George's Mansions is a residential development in Hong Kong's prestigious Kadoorie Hill neighbourhood.
Named after apartments built on the site as part of the development of the neighbourhood in the 1940s, St George's Mansions comprises 175 luxurious apartments across three limestone-clad towers designed by American architect Robert A M Stern's New York firm RAMSA.
The site overlooks sweeping views of camphor trees and historic houses. The development consists of units of three to four-bedroom with ensuite layouts and some two-bedroom units. All come with a private lift lobby foyer and most units offer a view of Kadoorie Hill's greenery and garden houses.
The residential neighbourhood was originally built in 1931 as a low-rise garden city on an eight-hectare plot of land owned by the Kadoorie family.
The area has retained its low density and intimate scale over the years and is still one of Hong Kong's most desirable addresses.
"I've been an architect for a long time and I know a lot of buildings. I have a Rolodex in my brain, mostly to try to figure out what's appropriate to that place," said New York-based architect Robert A M Stern.
"I like to look back with my design partners to buildings and ideas and from the past but to refresh them in order to go forwards."
At St George's Mansions, he references the skyscrapers built in New York in the late 1920s and early 1930s using Gascogne beige limestone handpicked from Portugal to clad the building facade.
This material was chosen so that the towers appear like a natural extension of the neighbourhood, blending in with the existing off-white buildings and garden walls of Kadoorie Hill.
The punched aluminium-clad windows, not commonly found in Hong Kong, are a signature of RAMSA's projects in the United States such as 15 West Central Park, 520 Park Avenue and 30 Park Place, The Four Seasons Private Residences.
Each tower is fronted by a vertical band of glazed balconies, accessed from the residences by glass doors. Stone coverings over each outdoor area provide shade while also drawing on the hooded windows of houses in the area.
The building's grand entrance gate borrows from the language of the houses along Kadoorie Avenue.
"There is nothing else that I'm aware of that will rise or has risen to this quality so far, it's setting a new standard," said Stern of the building, which also incorporates clubhouse amenities, a private residents' lounge, banquet rooms, outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and children's playroom.
RAMSA was founded in 1977 as the eponymous studio of Robert A M Stern, a New York architect who served as dean of the Yale School of Architecture for 18 years from 1998 to 2016.
To view more about St George's Mansions, visit its website.
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