HONG KONG REOPENS HARBOUR PROMENADE, MODELLED AFTER HOLLYWOOD’S WALK OF FAME, AFTER THREE-YEAR REDEVELOPMENT
HONG Kong’s Avenue of Stars has reopened following three years of redevelopment. The new design offers a revitalised urban space which entices visitors to experience the vibrancy of one of Hong Kong’s busiest areas. Funded by New World Development’s AOS Management Company Limited, AOS was officially reopened on January 31, and features the work of renowned New York High Line architect James Corner. The 457m long promenade first opened in 1982 and was modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The area offers spectacular views of the skyline and Victoria Harbour, and new highlights include: 117 handprints of famous actors. Visitors can scan QR codes to access biographies and clips from their films. They can also take photos with the statues using augmented reality technology. The kiosk and mobile carts feature local brands, including Mei Lok Store, Ho Cha, POS Talk and Tiny. This is the first pilot site in Hong Kong to generate electricity by wave energy. Sustainable materials used include: a durable bio-based wood substitute for the handrails and seats; recycled glass, which makes up 30 per cent of the flooring; and light-coloured paving materials to reflect more sunlight and reduce the heat. Multifunctional LED lamp posts provide lighting, Wi-fi and mobile signals, security cameras, speakers and power supplies. A lighting system is concealed inside the cladding, which illuminates the water flowing beneath the pedestrian deck after dark.