Why is EV Control critical in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a tightly built city with 70% of its land dedicated to country park. Within its urban spaces, we have built lots of new and old buildings that make spaces very tight and valuable. Parking traditional has been an expensive real estate in the city. Now that people have to park their electronic vehicle while charging has made the management of time, space and energy more difficult. AOA is appointed to Kumshing to design a new EV Control Center to tackle this new challenge to unlock the potential to transition the local mobility into e-mobility. Kumshing’s innovative car fleet management system for EV charging and parking addresses the three-tier constraints in Hong Kong. To optimize charging times, vehicles are strategically double-parked, with a puzzle-like approach to determine the most efficient flow of people and cars. This EV management infrastructure prioritizes the smooth flow of information, energy, and people. At our EV control center, users receive instant updates while people and computers efficiently oversee the process.
Interior Design with a Futuristic and Sustainable Goal
The interior design of the facility maximizes the potential of the underground car park. Light-colored materials are utilized to reflect sunlight, compensating for the basement conditions. The flooring and ceiling materials are consciously chosen to have low carbon emissions and high recycled content, improving acoustic quality. The layout is simple yet adaptable, allowing staff to convene in both large and small groups. Notably, the design incorporates handcrafted elements that pay homage to Kumshing’s traditional craftsmanship. Intricate wall and ceiling textures, along with curved details on cabinets, serve as reminders of the company’s time-proven skills. These traditional elements harmoniously blend with the futuristic technology showcased in the facility, representing a combination of the past and the future.
How do we move mobility into e-mobility in Hong Kong?
The EV center and management system will serve as a blueprint for Hong Kong’s transition towards comprehensive EV mobility within existing buildings and parking areas. The project began its pilot scheme by tackling commercial vehicles including taxi, mini buses and commercial cars from Kumshing. It will first demonstrates old building can be retrofitted to accommodate EVs and then making charging possible for commercial vehicles which needed to be on the road all the time. Their extra fast charging ability allows the charging to be done within 30min which argubly is the time car driver need for lunch. The combination of spatial arrangement and new charging technology provide a template for the city’s sustainable transportation future.
Client: Kum Shing Group
Design Architect: Avoid Obvious Architects – Vicky Chan, Sam Chan, Evan Li, Cynthia Lam
Contractor: Wanson Construction Limited