H Queen’s is Hong Kong’s first “vertical art space.” The building sits in the Central district of Hong Kong, at the intersection of historic Pottinger Street and Queen’s Road. The building design reflects its intent to fill the need for gallery space. Since the site would house gallery space as well as restaurants, the spaces needed to be flexible.
Six of the floors have covered terraces for al-fresco dining options, and each floor features an operational curtain wall through which art can be hoisted via a gondola system. The building has many features designed specifically for its use as gallery space that also contribute to its energy efficiency and sustainability. The glass that makes up the facade of the building has a low-e coating and a translucent ceramic fritted pattern, which allows the windows to filter the light and minimize heat absorption while still allowing daylight to penetrate and offers an unrestricted view from the interior. The climate control system is unique to each floor and the chiller plant strategy optimizes efficiency. The building uses a dry sprinkler system to protect the art from damage in the event of a fire. The gondola system housed on the roof has a hoisting capacity of 2,755 pounds (1,250 kg) and can hoist art to upper-floor galleries that otherwise would be difficult to reach.
H Queen’s integrates a building information modeling system in novel ways to engage customers through QR codes and augmented reality. H Queen’s has experienced great commercial success, with 90 percent of space occupied and commanding rents at 30 to 40 percent higher than those at similar buildings in its district. Among the building’s tenants are established and respected international art galleries, cementing Hong Kong’s place in the art world.