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From Productivism to Scenography: The Relighting of Norman Foster's Hongkong and Shanghai Bank

10:30 - 6 July, 2016

Three decades ago the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) Headquarters by Norman Foster emerged onto the architectural seen as an exemplary product of industrial design. The open layout with its exposed steel structure generated a powerful corporate identity for the bank. But the restrained atmosphere of white architectural lighting and the lack of distinctive façade lighting has lost its attractiveness after sunset. Now the colorful and dynamic relighting presents a remarkable example of how an architectural icon has shifted from a productivist ideology towards a scenographic image. To the western observer the multicolored light language may give off a playful impression, but to the local culture the transformation evokes grandiosity.

Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, in 2015. Architects: Foster + Partners. Photographer: Simon McCartney. Image © illumination Physics Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, 1986. Architects: Foster + Partners. Lighting design: Claude and Danielle Engle Lighting. Photographer: Ian Lambot. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, in 1986. Architects: Foster + Partners. Lighting design: Claude and Danielle Engle Lighting. Photographer: Ian Lambot. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, in 2015. Architects: Foster + Partners. Photographer: Simon McCartney. Image © illumination Physics +12

Potato Head Hong Kong / Sou Fujimoto Architects

20:00 - 25 June, 2016
Potato Head Hong Kong / Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Potato Head Hong Kong
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  • Architects

  • Location

    100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • Collaborators

    Potato Head Hong Kong is a partnership between PTT Family and acclaimed restaurateur Yenn Wong and the JIA Group.
  • Area

    8000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Potato Head Hong Kong

New Images, Video for Bing Thom Architects’ Xiqu Centre Revealed

16:00 - 24 June, 2016
New Images, Video for Bing Thom Architects’ Xiqu Centre Revealed, Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects
Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Bing Thom Architects have released new images for Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, designed in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners. Currently under construction, the building is scheduled for completion in 2017, becoming the first venue to open within the new West Kowloon Cultural District. The Xiqu Centre will serve as the home of the Chinese Opera, as well as play host to an array of cultural events.

133 Wai Yip Street / MVRDV

10:05 - 3 June, 2016
133 Wai Yip Street / MVRDV, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

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Lead 8 Proposes HarbourLoop as a Pedestrian Mecca for Hong Kong

14:00 - 1 June, 2016
Courtesy of Lead 8
Courtesy of Lead 8

HarbourLoop is an iconic new pedestrian and cycling network for Hong Kong, proposed by design studio Lead 8. Transforming the perimeter of Victoria Harbour on its Hong Kong and Kowloon sides, HarbourLoop will add 23 kilometers of paths for walking, running, and biking. Lead 8 believes that despite being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with 6,300 people per square kilometer, Hong Kong’s waterfront is underutilized. HarbourLoop will add social value as it intersects with existing offices, residential and leisure districts, and will encourage new development adjacent to the city’s waterfront, including restaurants, cafes, and community meeting places.

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Cabinets of Curiosities / Bean Buro

19:00 - 30 May, 2016
Cabinets of Curiosities  / Bean Buro , Courtesy of Bean Buro
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Cape Mansions Block B, 56-62 Mount Davis Rd, Mount Davis, Hong Kong
  • Design Director

    Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bean Buro

Hong Kong Exhibition, 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

14:00 - 30 April, 2016
Hong Kong Exhibition, 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong In Venice
Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong In Venice

The Hong Kong Exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) will have its Opening Ceremony on 28th May 2016 in Venice (Preview period from 26th to 27th May). Mr. Stanley SIU is the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Exhibition, together with his team of 16 young architects and artists for this initiative.

In response to the title of the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition ‘REPORTING FROM THE FRONT’, the theme of the Hong Kong Exhibition is inspired by the Chinese Classic “Thirty-Six Stratagems”.

Sebastian Errazuriz Designs Audemars Piguet's New Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong

14:00 - 5 April, 2016
Sebastian Errazuriz Designs Audemars Piguet's New Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong, Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio
Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio

Chilean-born artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has designed Swiss watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet's new lounge for Art Basel Hong Kong. "Taking inspiration from the ice formations and snowy winters of Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, Switzerland, the lounge will express the purity of nature and the passing of time," says Errazuriz.

"With water and ice as its main thematic elements, the new stand will give form to the concept of ice cycle as a metaphor of time. Three key components will anchor Errazuriz’s design: the icicle as a beautiful form, accumulating over time; the water drop, seen as nature’s ticking pulse; and ripples in the water, symbolizing the forward movement of new life. The drips of the melting icicles resemble nature’s pulse, like the beating of a heart or a ticking clock."

Tubular Living / People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

22:00 - 29 March, 2016
Tubular Living / People’s Architecture Office (PAO), Courtesy of PAO
Courtesy of PAO
  • Architects

  • Location

    China
  • Architect in Charge

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Sean Phillips, Charlotte Yu, Wayne Liu, Gao Tianxia, Leo Chazalon
  • Client

    Lane Crawford
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PAO

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Asia Society Hong Kong Center / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

20:00 - 20 March, 2016
Asia Society Hong Kong Center  / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, © Michael Moran
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9GAG Office / LAAB Architects

22:00 - 23 February, 2016
9GAG Office / LAAB Architects, Courtesy of LAAB Architects
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Madam Wong Liu Wai Man Building / Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates

22:00 - 22 February, 2016
Madam Wong Liu Wai Man Building / Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates, © Eden Tam
© Eden Tam
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shek Mun Estate Block A Kin Shek House, 18 On Muk St, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Douglas Lee, Raymond Zhou, Chris Choy, Wyan Yeung
  • Area

    5766.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Bridged House / Ida&Billy Architects

19:00 - 15 February, 2016
Bridged House / Ida&Billy Architects, Courtesy of Ida&Billy Architects
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Office Lobby / 4N design architects

19:00 - 5 February, 2016
Office Lobby / 4N design architects, © James G. of Hollywood Studio
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Foxglove / NC Design & Architecture

17:00 - 13 January, 2016
Foxglove / NC Design & Architecture, © Dennis Lo Designs
© Dennis Lo Designs

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Hongkong Art Storage / Penda

19:00 - 12 January, 2016
Hongkong Art Storage / Penda, Courtesy of Penda
Courtesy of Penda

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Installation: Salt - Microcosm of Life[Style]

16:46 - 10 January, 2016
Installation: Salt - Microcosm of Life[Style]

The art installation, Salt - Microcosm of Life[Style] is currently exhibiting at 2015 Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong Edition). Stanley Pun and Rina Ko are recent graduates from London and Hong Kong and the work is a reflection of what ability do we have to influence the way we want to live - by changing our perspectives - and in turn, how it could shape our future city.

The Top 10 Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Cities to Build In Are...

14:00 - 6 January, 2016
The Top 10 Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Cities to Build In Are... , New York . Image © James Ewing OTTO
New York . Image © James Ewing OTTO

When comparing 44 major cities, Arcadis' 2016 International Construction Costs Index has found New York to be the world's most expensive city to build in. London came in as a close second, reporting cost of building prices (on average) 20 percent higher than Paris. In contrast, Taipei was labeled as the "cheapest" city for construction. According to the study, "strong currencies and significant resource constraints" were a result in higher prices. Read on for the complete lists of most expensive, and least expensive, cities for construction.