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Call for Ideas: Hong Kong Pixel Homes

08:00 - 24 February, 2017
Call for Ideas: Hong Kong Pixel Homes, Enter the Hong Kong Pixel Homes ‪#‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now!  US $6,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 26, 2017
Enter the Hong Kong Pixel Homes ‪#‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now! US $6,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 26, 2017

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and densely populated cities on Earth. With over 7 million people living on an island just 1,102 square km in size, where the population is constantly struggling for space. Like other major cities around the world, Hong Kong is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The strict limitations on space mean that there is a capped supply of housing on the island. A limited supply, paired with an ever-growing demand, has caused Hong Kong housing prices to skyrocket.

Public Park Promotes Native Biodiversity in Hong Kong

16:00 - 29 January, 2017
Public Park Promotes Native Biodiversity in Hong Kong, © Gustafson Porter + Bowman
© Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Gustafson Porter + Bowman has unveiled plans for Taikoo Place, a new public space for Hong Kong that will include lush native vegetation and sculptural water features. Encompassing 69,000 square feet, the landscape project will feature a variety of spaces, from small, intimate areas for conversation, to larger open areas suitable for special events like concerts and outdoor markets.

© Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Gustafson Porter + Bowman © Kathryn Gustafson for Gustafson Porter + Bowman +8

Uber Hong Kong / Bean Buro

20:00 - 20 January, 2017
Uber Hong Kong  / Bean Buro, © Bean Buro
© Bean Buro

© Bean Buro © Bean Buro © Bean Buro © Bean Buro +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Bean Buro
  • Design Directors

    Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure
  • Area

    9000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Michael Wolf Explains the Vision Behind his Hong Kong Photo Series, “Architecture of Density”

16:10 - 3 January, 2017

I see it a bit as my mission to document things in Hong Kong which are vanishing, which are disappearing, primarily through urban renewal

In this short film from Yitiao Video, photographer Michael Wolf explains the vision behind his momentous photo series, “Architecture of Density,” in which he captures the immense scale and incredible intricacies of the city of Hong Kong.

After living in city for 9 years and travelling abroad to work, Wolf describes the somewhat unpleasant circumstances which led him to turn his attention to his own environment.

Kai Tak Primary School / ArchSD

19:00 - 2 January, 2017
Kai Tak Primary School / ArchSD, Courtesy of ArchSD
Courtesy of ArchSD

Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Muk Hung St, Kai Tak, Hong Kong
  • Architects in Charge

    Alice Yeung, Thomas Wan, Tuesday Li
  • Area

    11150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

VMS Investment Group Headquarters / Aedas Interiors


17:00 - 30 December, 2016
VMS Investment Group Headquarters / Aedas Interiors
, © Aedas Interiors
© Aedas Interiors

© Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors +8

ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture

22:00 - 9 December, 2016
ZCB Bamboo Pavilion / The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture, © Michael LAW
© Michael LAW

© Michael LAW © Michael LAW © Michael LAW © Michael LAW +22

M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong

16:00 - 3 December, 2016
M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong, Courtesy of M CO Design
Courtesy of M CO Design

M CO Design has released its designs for “Dragon’s Link,” a new dragon-inspired, mixed-use infrastructure on the south side of Hong Kong Island “that will serve a large part of the community and will enhance a local historic monument,” the Tai Tam Dam, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming February. 

Drawing inspiration from local traditions and the natural topography of Hong Kong, the project will create new connections within an existing network of roads and hiking trails in Tai Tam Country Park in “a juxtaposition of old and new,” in order to improve user experience and infrastructure.

Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design +17

Here's What Western Accounts of the Kowloon Walled City Don't Tell You

09:30 - 2 December, 2016
Here's What Western Accounts of the Kowloon Walled City Don't Tell You, Image © Greg Girard and Ian Lambot, authors of the books "City of Darkness" and "<a href='http://www.archdaily.com/493900/the-architecture-of-kowloon-walled-city-an-excerpt-from-city-of-darkness-revisited'>City of Darkness Revisited</a>"
Image © Greg Girard and Ian Lambot, authors of the books "City of Darkness" and "City of Darkness Revisited"

A longer version of this article, written by current ArchDaily intern Sharon Lam, was originally published in Salient, the magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association, titled "In the Shadow of the Kowloon Walled City."

It is the 1970s in Hong Kong, and you are eleven years old. Early one evening, you go out to a nearby neighborhood for dinner with your family. A five-minute walk from your primary school, it is also a place you frequent with your friends. The food here is good and especially renowned for its fishball noodle soup, which is what you always get. You’ve been here so often that navigating the subterranean corridors to the noodle stand is easy, and you know where to step to avoid the ceilings that drip the most. Your bowl of noodles arrives and you slurp them down, unaware of the fact that over the next couple of years this very neighborhood will peak in its population and its infamy, and remain even decades later as one of the most remarkable social anomalies in recent history.

At its peak, the Kowloon Walled City was home to 33,000 people in just two hectares of land—the size of about two rugby fields—making it the densest place on Earth at the time. It was a hastily put together conglomerate of tiny apartments, one on top of the other, caged balconies slapped onto the sides and connected through a labyrinth of damp, dark corridors. All the while, the rest of Hong Kong went about as normal, seemingly unaffected by the crime and squalor within the Walled City.

Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong

16:00 - 23 November, 2016
Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas have recently won two international competitions to design international airport buildings: the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building.

In recent years, Aedas have emerged as a leader in airport design, as they are also currently working on the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion, and have previously worked on Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse and North Satellite Concourse. With the two newly-won projects, Aedas hopes to reinforce their strength and growing influence in airport design.

URBANLOGIC Arts Factory Awarded Silver at 2016 American Architecture Prize

12:00 - 20 November, 2016
© URBANLOGIC
© URBANLOGIC

The annual AAP American Architecture Prize, which recognizes outstanding architectural design, interior design, and landscape architecture worldwide, has given URBANLOGIC's Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center a Silver Award in the mixed-use category. The panel of judges included Troy C. Therrien of the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, Peggy Deamer of Yale University, Ben Van Berkel of UNStudio and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Alan Ricks and Michael Murphy, founders of Mass Design Group. 

© URBANLOGIC © URBANLOGIC © URBANLOGIC © URBANLOGIC +15

Business of Design Week 2016

11:34 - 15 November, 2016
Business of Design Week 2016, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands, Business of Design Week 2016, will commence on 30 November 2016 and end on 3 December 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, the Business of Design Week brings to Hong Kong the distinctive minds in the profession of architecture to share their views on development of a future city. This is the first year BODW is partnering with a U.S. city – Chicago.

Call for Submissions: WSBE17 Hong Kong (International Youth Competition)

18:15 - 3 November, 2016
Call for Submissions: WSBE17 Hong Kong (International Youth Competition), Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

WSBE17 Hong Kong is the world conference of the 2015-2017 cycle of the renowned SBE Conference Series, it is the most influential and well-attended Sustainable Built Conference held every 3 years. With the theme of ‘Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action’, it is expected to attract over 1800 policy makers, industry practitioners and green-building advocates from over 50 countries.

Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Leisure and Cultural Building / ArchSD

19:00 - 11 October, 2016
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Leisure and Cultural Building / ArchSD , Courtesy of ArchSD
Courtesy of ArchSD

Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD Courtesy of ArchSD +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Tsui Sing Rd, Ping Shan, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Thomas Wan, Edward Wong
  • Area

    17011.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

Bloomberg Hong Kong Office / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

20:00 - 4 October, 2016
Bloomberg Hong Kong Office / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Courtesy of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
  • Area

    268.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

The World's Most Creative Neighborhoods: Metropolis Names Mumbai, Lagos and Lisbon Among Top Ten

09:31 - 2 October, 2016
The World's Most Creative Neighborhoods: Metropolis Names Mumbai, Lagos and Lisbon Among Top Ten, Avenidas Novas in Lisbon. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lisboa_Avenida_Novas.jpg'>Wikimedia user Cruks</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Avenidas Novas in Lisbon. Image © Wikimedia user Cruks licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

From Yaba in Lagos to the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai, Metropolis Magazine provides a scenic tour around the world’s “most creative” neighborhoods. Spread across ten rapidly growing cities like Cape Town and Turin, the article provides a comprehensive glimpse into these lesser discussed hubs of creativity.

Watch How Bamboo Scaffolding Was Used to Build Hong Kong's Skyscrapers

14:45 - 15 August, 2016
© flickr user ahmcdowall. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
© flickr user ahmcdowall. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

In the late 20th century, restricted by an a small landmass and extreme terrain, the Hong Kong urban area grew to become one of the densest and most vertical places on the planet, with more buildings taller than 500 feet than any other city in the world. But instead of the steel or aluminum structures used as scaffolding in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, the majority of skyscrapers built in Hong Kong and much of Asia used scaffolding systems constructed out of bamboo.

To create the structures, the high strength, lightweight material is strapped together with plastic ties by construction crews, who also use the structure as a ladder for scaling the building. Despite using few safety restraints, crews are able to construct up to 1,000 square feet of bamboo scaffolding in just one day. To protect the structure, nylon gauze is sometimes draped along the outside.

Check out a series of GIFs and images showing how it works after the break. And if you're interested in learning more about bamboo construction materials, check out our Materials catalog.

Golden Bubbles / People's Architecture Office

18:00 - 10 August, 2016
Golden Bubbles / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    K11, Hong Kong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Cui Gangjian, Min Kyoung Kim, Xu Xi, Xiang Weixing, Jiang Hao, Zhang Zhen
  • Project Year

    2016