New World Development Company has selected global design studio Lead 8 as the lead design architect for the $2.5bn SkyCity Airport RDE complex at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Last month, New World Development Company secured the tender for the commercial development in SkyCity (SkyCity A2 and A3 sites).
The decision to select Lead 8 was based on its recent designs that integrate transportation, retail, and dining for landmark developments.
Lead 8 co-founder and executive director Claude Touikan said: “Our design uses architectural forms and languages that are easily distinguishable from airport architecture, should it be seen from the air or ground level.
“This will be an innovation-driven design, incorporating sustainable features through key design drivers to achieve, and indeed, exceed building certification standards.”
SkyCity is a commercial entertainment and retail project located next to the main passenger terminals of HKIA.
The complex is linked by various sky bridges and is centrally connected to the airport, Airport Express, Asia World Expo, Future Regal Hotel, and the surrounding Northern Lantau NCD sites.
SkyCity includes retail complexes, entertainment facilities, transport terminals, restaurants, hotels, and office towers.
Scheduled to be opened in phases from 2023 to 2027, the complex will feature up to 350,000m² in gross floor area and parking spaces for at least 2,800 cars.
Lead 8 stated that the SkyCity Airport RDE complex adds to its aviation portfolio across the Asia Pacific.