Hong Kong – Jardine House, an iconic tower on the Hong Kong skyline, was completed in 1972. Back then, it was Asia’s tallest building. ‘Like most towers of the era,’ writes Christopher DeWolf for Zolima CityMag, ‘it was Modernist in style and rational in form, without even a hint of anything superfluous. And yet it somehow comes across as playful, with its round windows and the trapezoidal columns at its base . . . More than that, the building’s history ties together many of the threads that make Hong Kong what it is today, from opium-trading to immigration to post-colonial introspection.’
Linehouse has managed to achieve a similar balancing act of rationality and playfulness – while also referencing the building’s history – with BaseHall, a high-end food court located across two levels of Jardine House. ‘The concept for the space draws from historical depictions of Jardine House in cinema during the early 1970s and seeks to convey an atmosphere of nostalgia through its spatial arrangement and the use of materiality, lighting and detailing,’ says a spokesperson for the studio.