Jardine House (Formerly Connaught Centre)

1972, Commercial 商業建築

Jardine House,1 Connaught Place

Architect: 木下一
Architect Firm: 巴馬丹拿公司

Jardine House was completed in 1972. Once known as Connaught Centre, Jardine House is located at 1 Connaught Place. It was designed by James H Kinoshita, partner of Palmer & Turner Group in the 1970s, for Hongkong Land. Mr. Kinoshita took into consideration the functionality, structure and locality in his design for this 52-storey Grade A office building. With 1,748 iconic circular windows on the exterior, the building was a landmark of Central’s reclaimed land.

The truncated square-pyramid roof, housing the engine room, tops the building and gives it a unique character. On first floor lobby, it joins an extensive network of elevated walkways in Central, connecting other properties under the same developer, setting a classic example in separating road and pedestrian traffic. A few years ago when the exterior wall was being renovated, the original mosaic material was preserved and covered with aluminum curtain wall, the renovation turned out to be a highly regarded exercise.

怡和大廈於1972年落成。曾稱為康樂大廈的怡和大廈,位於康樂廣場一號,是巴馬丹拿公司合夥人木下一先生為置地公司在上世紀70年代初設計的。他綜合了功能,结構及地利的考慮,規劃一座52層高,方柱體的甲級商廈。外牆採用標誌的圓窗,共1,748個,成為當年中環新填海區的地標。在頂層機房,也特別引用半金字塔頂,收畫龍點睛之效果。 大廈以高架人行橋接駁發展商的其他物業,為人車分流的典範。數年前大廈進行外牆修葺,原來馬賽克的物料,被鋁質幕牆式組件覆蓋,但也保存了本來特色,成為佳話。

文及攝影:李培基 (香港註冊建築師)