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Taikoo Place 2021 Yearbook

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• A look back at 2021’s best Taikoo Place highlights

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2021 is coming to an end soon – and it’s certainly been an eventful year for Taikoo Place. Before we ring in the new year, let’s look back at some of the most memorable highlights of 2021 in this special yearbook, starring the best of the best of Taikoo Place this past year.

Biggest Overachiever: Two Taikoo Place

It was announced earlier this year that Two Taikoo Place, the latest addition to our office hub, will be completed in 2022. Designed to be more than just a commercial building, the new tower will offer a host of people-centric experiences that connect the community as a whole. It even comes with a 70,000sqft park to add green and leisure space to the neighbourhood – take a sneak peek here with the project’s lead designer.

Most Caring: Swire Properties’s SD2030 Strategy Campaign

The Taikoo Place community has always shown care for the planet, but we took it one step further in 2021. In addition to various innovative initiatives, we came together to talk about we can create a more sustainable environment in three virtual Discover Taikoo Place Sustainability Lunchtime Talks. And in November, The Loop at One Island East was launched as Hong Kong’s highest urban farm, which turns food waste into compost for over 30 types of crops.

Most Improved: The Quarry Bay F&B Scene

Palates of every kind rejoiced this year with openings like the Aussie-inspired diner Catch, stylish coffee bar HAVN°, and the four-in-one dining destination THE SIXTEENTH. Foodies will agree that Taikoo Place’s F&B scene has gone from good to great in 2021. We hear more new faces are coming in 2022; get ready to indulge!

Most Creative: Swire Properties Arts Month

Art is a big part of everyday life at Taikoo Place, and the Swire Properties Arts Month from May to June showed just how much we enjoyed art and creativity. As part of the programme, Please Be Seated, a large-scale wood installation, found a new home at Taikoo Park, where artworks by renowned artist Michael Craig-Martin were also showcased during the summer. Meanwhile, the ArtisTree Selects: Light In/Out Film and Exhibition married dance, fashion and the visual arts to create a mesmerising experience with bubble dresses – perhaps a first in any workplace environment.

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Best Dressed: ArtisTree

2021 was busy for ArtisTree: it kicked-off the year with the Green Common pop-up, before transforming into a tram depot for the Hong Kong Tramways World Record Pop-Up Store in July, and later a black box studio for the +UP! Better Living Pop-ups fitness events. It also hosted art programmes in between. With so many events, ArtisTree was essentially spotting a new look every other month – which was your favourite?

Best Sportsmanship: Corporate Wellness Challenge: 8-Hour Charity Spin

Just last month, 20 corporate teams from our community teamed up to spin for eight hours straight – and it was all for a good cause. As part of the +UP! Better Living Pop-ups, the Charity Spin took place at ArtisTree, where spinners and their supporters raced to raise over $500,000 for local mental health charity, Mind HK. All that contagious energy was well worth it – and we can all agree that it was lots of fun, too.

Most Hardworking: Tong Chong Street Market

This year, Tong Chong Street Market has been more hardworking than ever, as it is now open year-round! With different themes every other month, we got to sample a wide range of F&B options from around the city and the world: from international street snacks to Asian delicacies, and from re-energising teas to locally roasted coffee for that perfect daily buzz.

Most Talented: PROJECT AFTER 6

PROJECT AFTER 6 (PA6) continued to uncover hidden talents in our community this year. In June, PROJECT AFTER 6: Music Works invited three groups of aspiring musicians from the office community to produce original songs together with local stars Phil Lam, Kendy Suen and ToNick. That’s not all: PA6 is now developing a musical production for 2022 – stay tuned!

What’s hot in our neighbourhood this month? Here’s your guide to the latest happenings in Quarry Bay.

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