Concrete Canopies Hong Kong
The prevalence of concrete canopies in Hong Kong is high. This is no big surprise, since the rise of property development has been nothing short of meteoric. Hong Kong has experienced a booming economy for a long time, and is an important hub for trade, finance and business, including some world-renowned start-ups, as well as some incredible residential developments.
With this has come a hive of diverse activity, with some of the most impressive buildings ever built. There is a lot of scope and variety of building development projects, many of which incorporate canopies. Examples of how a canopy might be utilised in a building are over a grand lobby of a condominium or office tower, providing shade and protective cover, or to create an architectural statement.
Many canopies are made from concrete that has been reinforced with steel. Canopies should be strong and resist all types of external elements, including adverse weather conditions. However, canopies are also vulnerable too, hence the need for developers and property owners to understand the rules and regulations in place for the upkeep of these structures.
By their very nature, concrete canopies need to be well-built as well as well-maintained, with any necessary repairs carried out promptly. There is a clear and present danger to not following legal requirements and moral obligations that cannot be ignored; ramifications could pose a real and substantial risk to the wellbeing and possibly life of building occupants, visitors and also any passing people.
Hong Kong is a city-state of high-rise buildings set in a tropical climate, which means that buildings can be subjected to challenging conditions. Canopies don’t only shade people from the elements, they are a great way to create outdoor spaces, too. By offering open-sided cover, canopies fit well with a design brief that includes constructing al fresco spaces where activities can take place without the Hong Kong sun beating down.
In general, the costs of building these types of structures is relatively low and they can be developed in a timely manner. Canopies can be joined together as well, with bolted connections. Often they are used to define specific areas and act as a guide that building occupants can follow to navigate themselves around. This is certainly the case in large-scale projects such as airport terminals, for example.