Often in Hong Kong, it’s hard to find spaces that offer unrestricted views or opportunities to see the city above and beyond the countless skyscrapers that tower above you. However, a new observation deck at the city’s biggest shopping centre, Ocean Terminal, aims to change that.
The new five-storey building, Ocean Terminal Deck, is an observation deck and commercial complex added to the existing Ocean Terminal shopping centre. Located on the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront, it offers a 270-degree panorama of Victoria Harbour as well as stunning views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the city’s picture postcard sunsets.
Open to the public since October 2017, the new extension was transformed from a deserted cargo loading area into a new five-storey complex complete with restaurants and a free observation deck.
“It’s really seen as a place that people can adopt and have as their own alternate living room in a way for people to come out and enjoy the great view here,” said Luke Fox, head of architecture firm Foster and Partners.
The complex also contains two event spaces measuring 13,000 sq ft, with seating that can hold up to 200 people. This was designed so that the public can enjoy entertainment performances on the rooftop.
The designers were conscious of Hong Kong’s lack of public space and were keen to build a public facility similar to that of Trafalgar Square in London, which was pedestrianised in 2003.
“Just like how Trafalgar Square is called London’s living room, we hope that the extension can also become Hong Kong’s living room, in its own way,” said Fox.
In addition to the observation deck, the complex offers several restaurants like Paper Moon serving classic Italian fare with outside seating that boasts unrivalled views of the city skyline.
The observation deck is fast becoming one of the top spots in town to catch sunset over the unbeatable Hong Kong skyline and watch the city become illuminated as day turns to night.
The new extension added 100,000 sq ft of space to Harbour City, part of Ocean Terminal, the city’s biggest shopping centre that comprises 450 shops.