3,400sqm

façade structures

375sqm

all-glass façade

750sqm

polished stainless steel cladding

organic forms and mirrored surfaces for 2 murray road

On Hong Kong's Murray Road, the building "2 Murray Road" is being constructed in a prominent location between the Bank of China Tower and Hutchison House. The 200m high tower with its organic shapes and special surfaces was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and comprises 36 floors. The large number of varying and complex element types fits in perfectly with the range of services offered by seele. Special design and manufacturing features characterise the project. The data processing of the complex models, as well as the high BIM standard, are particularly demanding for the design team. The biaxially curved insulating glass panels and the three-dimensionally formed sheet metals are a challenge in production.

The approximately 1,210sqm steel mullion and transom façade, which spans levels 3-6, is characterised by double curved glass elements measuring up to 2 x 5m with a sun protection coating. They are assembled with double-bent aluminium profiles in order to permit installation as complete elements, using a toggle system with Sefix brackets. Due to the varying sizes and bends with an inside micrometre of up to 500mm, each element is unique. A special coating creates a smooth transition from the mirrored glass surface of the building soffit to the completely transparent glass elements from level 3 upwards.

  • The all-glass façade in the entrance area, with a height of up to 11m, consists of glass laminates up to 7 x 15mm thick. The organic shape of the entire building is also reflected in the entrance area by convex bent glass panels.

    The opaque areas are also demanding. 3D-formed, deep-drawn sheet metals are used, for example, to clad the massive columns on the ground floor. Formal accents are also set by approx. 500 unique, multi-curved sheets with polished surfaces, which ensure smooth transitions between different parts of the building and mirrored glass elements.

    The project is demanding in all aspects and seele’s team is happy to accept the challenges.

    Header image: © MIR

  • Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
  • Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
  • Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
  • Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
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Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
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Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
© PixelFlakes
Organic shaped façade strucutres for 2 Murray Road made by seele
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Smooth data exchange and parameterisation of complex building components

Exchange of data between the individual trades is essential, also to detect clashes. This is done using a BIM model with Level of Detail (LOD) 300, which is updated every two weeks. In this way, all necessary data, from quantities to details such as inserts, sprinkler penetrations and interfaces to other trades can always be coordinated. The drawings required for this are produced by seele in both 3D and 2D and are also digitally integrated in subsequent steps, such as production. This results in a continuous and automated data transfer process, which extends from design and production to logistics and assembly.

Due to the high variance of the elements and components, it is essential to record all necessary information, e.g. for clash detection. © seele
In the BIM model, every piece of information from interfaces with other trades to sprinkler penetrations is recorded. © seele

Credits

Client Century Base Development Ltd.
General contractor Hip Hing Construction Co., Ltd.
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects, Ronald Lu & Partners
Engineer C.M. Wong & Associates Ltd.
Date of completion 2024
Scope of seele supply
  • 375sqm all-glass façade (Level 0-2)
    • 19 glass panels (max. 10.9 x 2.1m, 7 x 15mm single pane safety glass)
    • 6 double-wing glass doors with stainless steel portal frame and approx. 4m height
  • 850sqm aluminium-glass façade soffits (Level 1)
  • 750sqm high gloss polished stainless steel cladding (columns, gutters, escalators)
  • 1,170sqm steel mullion-transom façade with 128 elements (Level 2-5)
    • double curved and clad steel profiles
    • double curved insulated glass (max. 5 x 2m, 2 times 2 x 10mm)
    • mirrored surface
  • 145sqm glass panels on the north and south side
  • 5 single- and double-leaf doors on the south and north side
  • 140sqm light band on the east side