Eight towers linked by a public ‘skyloop’ on the 18th floor
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Asian cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong are famous for their extensive provision of social housing, if not for the quality of its design. Recently, however, an intriguing new – or not-so-new – phenomenon has emerged there: ‘sky bridges’, offspring of the Brutalists’ ‘streets in the sky’. The appeal of the 3D city to the region is perhaps not so surprising, since Hong Kong is riddled with elevated walkways and restaurants roosting halfway up towers. The annoyingly named Pinnacle@Duxton applies this principle to residential towers in Singapore, while Marina Bay Sands does something similar to a hotel.
The most impressive realisation of the concept is Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid in Beijing. The project comprises 644 apartments in eight towers linked by a public ‘skyloop’ on the 18th floor. Other amenities include a central garden at ground level, as well as a cinema, kindergarten, school, shops and sports facilities.