View from Happy Valley racetrack

Client: Dorfit Properties
Location: Hong Kong, PRC
Size: 100,000sf
Program: 72 Serviced Apartments, Health Club, Lap pool/children's pool/jacuzzi, Retail, Structured Parking
Cost: Confidential
Status: Completed 2000

Key Roles: R. Anthony Fieldman, former Associate Partner and lead project designer, SOM

SOM - Architect of Record

Image credit: © R. Anthony Fieldman unless otherwise noted


The site for The Ellipsis Hong Kong is positioned at the southern edge of the Happy Valley Racetrack, on Hong Kong Island. The elliptically shaped racetrack – a perfect grass oval set amidst the dense urban sprawl of concrete high-rises and high-speed express roads – is a famous regional landmark in Southeast Asia.

The tower takes its form and material from this landmark, announcing the racetrack in the skyline. An elliptical, deep green, curved-glass tower, thirty-four stories high, reflects its geometry and tone; continuous, full-height glazing offers unhindered panoramic views that focus over the racetrack.

Programmatically, there are 72 luxury serviced apartments totaling 100,000sf are served by a fitness club, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sun deck, as well as a five-story retail and parking base.

View from Happy Valley racetrack

Retail podium

Typical living area

Section and plans - image credit: © SOM

Pools viewed from apartment tower