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Ore-No Kappa / YO CO.

20:00 - 26 March, 2015
Ore-No Kappa / YO CO., Courtesy of YO CO.
Courtesy of YO CO.

Courtesy of YO CO. Courtesy of YO CO. Courtesy of YO CO. Courtesy of YO CO. +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
  • Designer

    Hiroshi Kanazawa
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of YO CO.

SK Yee Healthy Life Centre / Ronald Lu & Partners

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
SK Yee Healthy Life Centre / Ronald Lu & Partners, Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners
Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  • Design Team

    Andy Leung, Lemuel Cheng, Helen Ng, Gary Pang
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

BabySteps Interior / AtelierBlur/Georges Hung Architecte D.P.L.G. + Priestman Architects HK

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
BabySteps Interior / AtelierBlur/Georges Hung Architecte D.P.L.G. + Priestman Architects HK, © Jason Findley
© Jason Findley

© Jason Findley © Jason Findley © Jason Findley © Jason Findley +23

Mrs. Pound / NC Design & Architecture

00:00 - 2 December, 2014
Mrs. Pound  / NC Design & Architecture, © Dennis Lo Designs
© Dennis Lo Designs

© Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs +9

Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA, Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas
Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises - Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro - the Museum of Modern Art is preparing to open Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities on November 22. The exhibition will present mappings of emergent modes of tactical urbanism from around the globe alongside proposals for a bottom-up approach to urban growth in the highlighted cities by six interdisciplinary teams made up of local practitioners and international architecture and urbanism experts.

Curator Pedro Gadanho, in collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), states: 

“The exhibition features design scenarios for future developments that simultaneously raise awareness of the prevailing inequalities in specific urban areas and confront the changing roles of architects vis-à-vis ever-increasing urbanization. Each team in the exhibition was asked to consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.” 

A synopsis of each team’s work, after the break.

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

00:00 - 3 October, 2014
Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014 , World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / Joyce Wang Studio. Image Courtesy of INSIDE
World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / Joyce Wang Studio. Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in Hong Kong has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it's "rich texture", "theatrical environment" and "sophisticated" detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break. 

Hong Kong Velodrome / P&T Group

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Hong Kong Velodrome / P&T Group, Courtesy of P&T Group
Courtesy of P&T Group

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Studio CTC Imagines Terraced Twin Skyscrapers in Hong Kong

00:00 - 21 August, 2014
© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI
© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI

Skyscrapers have developed a typical form language over the past century—many of them are large, rectangular, and sheathed in glass, but Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI is changing that. Working with the notion that even superstructures should be as varied as the cities they’re built in, the Mexican design firm has created a spectacular vision for a skyscraper in Hong Kong. With two curvilinear towers that support rice paddies on their terraces, the proposal includes cultural context in the very structure of the building.

© Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI © Studio CACHOUA TORRES CAMILLETTI +12

House in Shatin Mid-Level / Millimeter Interior Design Limited

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
House in Shatin Mid-Level / Millimeter Interior Design Limited, Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited
Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited

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Landscape Design Unveiled for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

01:00 - 7 August, 2014
Landscape Design Unveiled for West Kowloon Cultural District Park, Courtesy of West 8
Courtesy of West 8

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has recently unveiled the landscape design plans for the West Kowloon Cultural District, a scheme that will activate the waterfront and create a dynamic green space in what will be one of the largest cultural developments in the world. Developed by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers, with West 8 and ACLA, the concept plan features outdoor areas for exhibitions and performances, recreational lawns, and a waterfront promenade.

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the 'urban hub' typology for London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas +7

Capturing Hong Kong's Dizzying Vertical Density

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French photographer who captures the dizzying heights and uncommon densities of Hong Kong. Inspired by "the geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters," Jacquet-Lagrèze has not only captured the verticality of Hong Kong's built environment, but also compiled a new book, Vertical Horizon, "a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city." See more of Jacquet-Lagrèze's images, and read an excerpt from Vertical Horizonafter the break.

© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze +20

Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre Wins Inaugural CTBUH Performance Award

00:00 - 18 July, 2014
Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre Wins Inaugural CTBUH Performance Award, © KPF
© KPF

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Kohn Pedersen Fox AssociatesInternational Commerce Centre in Hong Kong as the winner of its first ever Performance Award. The new award recognizes the project with the lowest measured environmental impact on the urban realm, as measured using actual data from the completed construction.

The CTBUH explains the need for the prize, saying: "Most awards programs focus on design intent, as opposed to actual performance – often well-intentioned projects are not revisited, and thus not held accountable." KPF's 484-metre tall office tower won the prize based largely on its policy of collecting and sharing performance data.

Read on after the break for more on the award

Aedas Announces Demerger Into Two Separate Companies

00:00 - 10 July, 2014
Aedas Announces Demerger Into Two Separate Companies, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building. Image Courtesy of Aedas

As of this week Aedas, which was recently ranked as the 5th largest and influential practice in the UK by the Architects' Journal, has demerged into two separate practices. The thirteen offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the US, will continue to operate under the Aedas brand whilst the eight UK offices and the offices in Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan will operate under a new name: AHR. According to the outgoing board, the demerger "will allow both companies to focus on their respective strengths and will enable them to grow the businesses in different directions." The intention is that both groups will continue to work together on projects in the future.

Urban / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Urban  / Joey Ho Design, Courtesy of Joey Ho Design
Courtesy of Joey Ho Design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hong Kong
  • Artist

    VHILS
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Joey Ho Design

Rocco Designs New Campus for Chu Hai College of Higher Education

01:00 - 28 June, 2014
Rocco Designs New Campus for Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Limited
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects Limited

Modeled after its dense urban surroundings, Chu Hai College of Higher Education’s new campus in Hong Kong meets a complex program while giving students a fantastic view of the ocean. Designed by Rocco Design Architects Limited, the building's geometry stacks different programmatic uses on top of each other and connects them with a vertical boulevard. The result is a sculptural entity, partially inspired by Chinese calligraphy, that seeks a balance between solid and void.

Kwun Tong swimming pools and playgrounds / Ronald Lu & Partners

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Kwun Tong swimming pools and playgrounds / Ronald Lu & Partners, Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners
Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hong Kong
  • Area

    39000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

Metamorphosis in Hong Kong Documented in 'Cocoon' Photo Series

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Metamorphosis in Hong Kong Documented in 'Cocoon' Photo Series, © Peter Steinhauer
© Peter Steinhauer

In 1994, a routine construction technique that has been practiced in Hong Kong for over 100 years caught the attention of photographer Peter Steinhauer - and led him to put almost a decade of work into capturing this unique urban phenomenon. The bamboo scaffolding and fabric wrappings he photographs serve the simple purpose of catching construction debris, but at a glance they look more like works by Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists that have made their name wrapping buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin.

The resulting photos showcase the colossal towers of Hong Kong wrapped in brightly-colored fabric; their usually varied facades are made monolithic, like a plastic massing model rendered full-size. Steinhauer named his photo series "Cocoons" due to the effect they create over time: the buildings metamorphose under cover and emerge transformed.

Read on for more photos of these urban cocoons

© Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer © Peter Steinhauer +24