STARS ALIGN

HONG KONG RE­OPENS HAR­BOUR PROM­E­NADE, MOD­ELLED AFTER HOL­LY­WOOD’S WALK OF FAME, AFTER THREE-YEAR REDEVELOPM­ENT

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

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.

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