Community Green Station / Hong Kong Architectural Services Department

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Architects: Hong Kong Architectural Services Department
Location: Sha Tin,
Project Team: Alice Yeung, Thomas Wan, Jacqueline Lee, Edward Wong
Area: 780.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Architectural Services Department

WING Loft / Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design

Architects: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design
Location: Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 2, 70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan,
Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Julien Klisz
Area: 236.0 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs, Ramon Van Der Heijden

Private Residence at Stubbs Road / NC Design & Architecture

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Architects: NC Design & Architecture
Location: Evergreen Villa Block A, 43 Stubbs Road,
Architect In Charge: Nelson Chow
Area: 2700.0 ft2
Photographs: Dennis Lo

Ore-No Kappou / Hiroshi Kanazawa / Yo

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Architects: Hiroshi Kanazawa / Yo
Location: Lan Kwai Fong, Central,
Designer: Hiroshi Kanazawa
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of YO CO.

SK Yee Healthy Life Centre / Ronald Lu & Partners

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Architects: Ronald Lu & Partners
Location: Tuen Mun,
Design Team: Andy Leung, Lemuel Cheng, Helen Ng, Gary Pang
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners

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

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Architects: AtelierBlur/Georges Hung Architecte D.P.L.G., Priestman Architects HK
Location: Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central,
Design Assistant: Edward Du
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jason Findley

Mrs. Pound / NC Design & Architecture

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Architects: NC Design & Architecture
Location: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan,
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dennis Lo

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

Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises – , 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

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 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

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Architects: P&T Group
Location: Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of P&T Group

Studio CTC Imagines Terraced Twin Skyscrapers in Hong Kong

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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.

House in Shatin Mid-Level / Millimeter Interior Design Limited

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Architects: Millimeter Interior Design Limited
Location: Sha Tin,
Area: 5100.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited

Landscape Design Unveiled for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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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 , 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

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 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.

Capturing Hong Kong’s Dizzying Vertical Density

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Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French photographer who captures the dizzying heights and uncommon densities of . 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.

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

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates‘ International 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 explains the need for the prize, saying: “Most 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

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 , South-East , 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

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Architects: Joey Ho Design
Location:
Artist: VHILS
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Joey Ho Design