Cavendish Heights Residence / AFFECT-T

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Architects: AFFECT-T
Location: Mannings – Jardine’s Lookout, 5 Perkins Road, Happy Valley,
Architect In Charge: Luke Hayes
Area: 178.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luke James Hayes

HKSAR Government Headquarters / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location: Admiralty,
Project Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, William Tam, C M Chan, Henry Ho, Boris Lo, Lucia Cheung, William Lee, Wicky Choi, Herbert Hung, Ivy Yung, Queenie Szeto, Angela Fong, Joseph Kong, Sze Hoi Wai, Alonzo Cheng, Chan Chi Chung, Fiona Ching, Chris Wong, Tong Hui Ching, Ivan Chui, David Ho, Dathan Wun, Gary Ng, Agnus Lau, Mike Morgan
Area: 131,574 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City

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Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums. You see the Walled City pop up constantly like it’s still a valid or even interesting subject. This informal settlement has been diagramed, photographed, and written about for decades from an aesthetic point of view, rendering its victimized and oppressed inhabitants all but invisible. Not to say that this wasn’t home to a lot of people and that no “fond memories” were formed there, but still, like all slums, it was a tough place to live, fraught with contradictions in the haze of hope for a better life.

Bamboo Micro Housing Proposal / AFFECT-T

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Architects: AFFECT-T
Location:
Architect In Charge: Luke Hayes
Area: 15.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of AFFECT-T

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected to Design Island School in Hong Kong

Island School, Design Illustration. Image © schmidt hammer lassen

schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with Thomas Chow Architects, has won a commission to design a new Island School in Hong Kong. Envisioned as a “sustainable learning landscape,” the 28,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art facility aims to promote optimal learning through flexible classroom spaces and by establishing a deep connection with the surrounding landscape and local community.

VPANG + JET + Lisa Cheung to Design West Kowloon Arts Pavilion

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A team consisting of VPANG architects ltd, JET Architecture Inc and Lisa Cheung has been announced as winner of a to design an arts pavilion for the Cultural District Authority (the “WKCDA”) in Hong Kong. With completion planned for 2015, the pavilion is expected to be used as a small-scale exhibition and events space for independent artists and designers. It will also serve as the primary home for exhibitions and programs organized by M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, before the completion of Herzog & de Meuron’s museum building in late 2017.

2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Make Out City, BKK Collective (Architect Kidd, Chat Architects, Studio Make, Things Matter)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban  in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

On display until February 23rd, the Biennale is curated by Colin Fournier, together with Executive Curators Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS.

The Biennale is “informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.” You can read the complete curatorial statement here.

Photos and more about the individual exhibits after the break:

Winners of Hong Kong ‘GIFT’ Ideas Competition Announced

First Prize: Seeding Architecture. Image Courtesy of Hong Kong Science Park Design Ideas

Winners of the ‘GIFT’ (Green Innovation Future Technology) Ideas Competition in Hong Kong have been selected by a panel of judges representing Hong Kong Science Park (HKSTPC), local government, and private organizations. The winning proposals best displayed the aim of the competition: to create an innovative and iconic architecture; design a low-carbon emissions building that promotes sustainable strategies and lifestyles; nurture and uncover new local talent, and to create a scheme that unifies the Park’s development.

Review the winning proposals after the break…

Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

Mount Davis, . Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

The University of Chicago has chosen to design a new home for the Chicago Booth Asia Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong. The center will begin construction in October 2014 on Mount Davis, a heritage site that was originally used as a military encampment for the British Army in the 1940s and then a detention center.

Hotel ICON / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location:
Architect In Charge: Rocco Design Architects
Area: 36,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and , two of the most intensely urban  in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

The Hong Kong Biennale is led by Chief Curator Prof. Colin Fournier along with Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS. As reported earlier, the Shenzhen edition will be curated by Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson.

As Asia’s leading architecture, design and planning event, it will exhibit work by leading international and local design professionals and engage in a three month cultural dialogue that will include satellite exhibitions, performances, fi lm screenings, forums, workshops, guided tours and lectures.

The Biennale “will be informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.”

ArchDaily will be present at the opening of the Shenzhen edition to bring you all the insights of the event.

Curatorial statement below:

Composite Building / Aedas

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Aedas has recently unveiled this design for a serviced apartment building in Hong Kong. Situated in the neighborhood of Mongkok, one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, the building is squeezed into what the architects refer to as a “challengingly small” site of 614 square meters. More images and description after the break.

Call for Entries – International Design Ideas Competition in Hong Kong

The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), the Government of the Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) announces the launch of the international for “Design Ideas Competition for Preservation Corridor for Lung Tsun Stone Bridge Remnants”. The Competition is open to participants in both the Professional Group and Open Group with age 18 or above. The Professional Group is open to the professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, urban design or surveying. The Open Group is open to the general public.

One of the most notable competition in Hong Kong, it recognizes outstanding and innovative design concepts that focus on the preservation of the bridge and revelation of its historical significance, integrating the contemporary architectural features.

Attractive prizes include $400,000, $150,000 and $100,000 for the first, second and third winning entries in theProfessional Group, and $80,000, $30,000 and $20,000 for the first, second and third winning entries in the Open Group.

The competition registration will close on October 21. Entry submission period will be from November 14 to 18. To find out more details about the competition, you are invited to visit the competition website at www.ltsb-design.hk

THR350 / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location:
Area: 1832.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong

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A major competition for a 40ha waterfront park in Hong Kong has been scrapped by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (). Thus, Foster + Partners’ competition-winning City Park will be abandoned, despite its potential to transform the Victoria Harbour’s reclaimed edge into an important Asian hub for artistic exchange.

Read on to find out why the WKCDA has called it quits.

AD Architecture School Guide: The University of Hong Kong

Exhibition at Shanghai-Tongji, image via http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/gallery/2011-12/march-studios/stephen-lau/

Architecture school should provide an environment to explore issues alongside practical skills and professional training. Ideally, there will also be opportunities to work with faculty and students in fields that complement architecture. Add a campus situated at an international city and you have The University of Hong Kong.

Located on the island of , HKU’s program is not one single entity but rather, it is a consortium under the Faculty of Architecture, what other universities refer to as a “college.” The Faculty of Architecture includes the departments and divisions of Architecture, Real Estate and Construction, Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture. In addition, it also runs the Shanghai Study Centre. Sited in Shanghai, it provides a public arena for conferences, houses a public gallery. Interdepartmental as well as inter-university studios are also conducted there.

Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

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JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in , the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.