Mandarin Oriental, MacauMacau Shun Tak Holdings Limited and Hongkong Land JV Wong & Tung International, Associate Architect Mixed-Use, Residential, Retail, Hospitality 2.3 million ft2 / 215,000 m2 Perspective Award (2010)
The design of One Central is inspired both by Macau’s natural setting and its vibrant district of gaming and nightlife. These opposing influences require a versatile development that can be serene by day and dynamic by night. With Nam Van Lake to the west and the China Sea to the south, the site is dominated by the presence of water, which influences all aspects of the design, from the fluid formal gestures, to the faceted façades that interact with reflected light from the surrounding waters.
The centerpiece of the mixed-use development is the 42-story Signature Tower, featuring an urban-resort concept Mandarin Oriental Macau Hotel, with 213 guestrooms, 56 luxurious residences and 36 apartments, restaurant, waterfront bar, and spa with an infinity pool cantilevered over the arrival courtyard. As one of the tallest buildings on the city skyline, the tower leans toward the water, making it visible from the high-speed hydrofoil link to Hong Kong. The tower’s tapering form makes it a distinguished addition to Macau’s rich urban character that includes several themed casinos, vernacular housing, and colonial-era plazas.
The hotel tower is clad in rippled reflective glass, which is designed to scatter and reflect light in a kaleidoscopic fashion. In the guest rooms, the ripples create bay-window conditions that produce subtle variations in plan and emphasize views and light. At night, the ripples are accentuated by dynamic lighting activated by the frequency and intensity of the China Sea tide.
Positioned among the waterfront promenade to the west, the MGM Casino to the east, and the Wynn Casino to the north, the hotel’s podium houses retail shops and restaurants. Its illuminated, double-wall façade forms a backdrop for luxury flagship stores, each with a jewel-like presence on the promenade.
Above the podium, the towers of the One Central Residences complete this vibrant new community in which each brand and activity reinforces the overall image of the development.