Hong Kong’s largest utility, CLP Power, recently renovated an iconic clock tower, which formerly served as the company’s headquarters.
The transformation resulted in a new museum, CL Pulse, showcasing the intertwined histories of Hong Kong’s electricity development, the city’s spectacular growth, and the Kadoorie family, which founded the company in 1901.
“It was my father’s simple view to provide electricity to anybody who wished to have it,” says CLP Holdings Chairman Sir Michael Kadoorie.
The 2000-square-meter museum, master planned by attraction consultancy Winkle-Picker, is LEED Platinum certified. The museum promotes decarbonization and sustainable development.
“We challenged the norm and introduced energy savings of up to 50%, which is huge considering the amount of energy the split unit types use in Hong Kong,” says Colin Fredricson, creative director of Sugar HK and the lead design consultant on the project.
Instead of traditional air conditioning, the museum uses radiant chilled panels with copper and aluminum elements to cool the galleries.