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 competition 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 (WKCDA). 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.

AMMO / Joyce Wang

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Architects: Joyce Wang
Location:
Contractor: Wan Fang Limited
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Area: 2,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Edmon Leong

Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Hong Kong Museum

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West Cultural District Authority has appointed Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells to design a new for visual culture on the edge of a reclaimed, 14-hectare park in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be one of the first projects to be completed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia. 

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

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It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that details the facts and figures of what life was like inside this architectural oddity. 

Read more about the madness that was KWC after the break…

Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook

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As a city, Hong Kong doesn’t have it easy; impossibly dense and smothered by unsympathetic hilly terrain, the gymnastics that it performs to survive has to the growth of unique urban spaces. Cities Without Ground deconstructs the unfathomable spaghetti of pedestrian bridges, tunnels and walkways, which make up pedestrian . The book, created by motley trio of architects and academics: Jonathan Solomon, Clara Wong and Adam Frampton, graphically dissects this labyrinth in a series of snappy axonometric drawings of 32 various routes through the city.

Read more about the story of Hong Kong’s pedestrian maze after the break…

Neil Barrett ‘Shop in Shop’ / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Shop in Shop’ concept for Neil Barrett is based on a singular, cohesive project that is divided into sixteen separate pieces. Specific pieces have then been selected and installed into each of the four Neil Barrett Shop in Shop’s in Seoul, and also into the shop; creating a unique display landscape within each store. The pieces have been carved and molded from the original solid as pairs that define each other to create an artificial landscape that unfolds multiple layers for display. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD

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Architects: LEAD
Location: Causeway Bay,
Project Management: 4N Architects, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. ()
Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange
General Contractor: Kin Wah Decoration Co
Area: 25 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs

Office Tower and Exhibition Center Proposal / MA2

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Designed by MA2, the office tower and exhibition hall concept design proposal is for ’s Kai Tak development, an airport landing strip that will be reclaimed into the city as a new cultural, business, and residential district. The tower is an expression of fluid movement that manifests into a series of folds, creases, and a bifurcation of massing creating a dual tower. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Community College / Wang Weijen Architecture

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Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture, Architecture Design and Research Group, AGC Design
Location: Hung Hom,
Area: 26000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Hong Kong Institute of Design / CAAU

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Architects: CAAU
Location: 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O,
Project Leaders: Thomas Coldefy, Isabel van Haute
Associate Architects: P & T Group Hong-Kong
Area: 42000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

Foster + Partners’ Masterplan for the West Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia

The WKCDA (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District’s first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ for Visual Culture. The and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the “gateway of access” to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break…

North Point Harbour Urban Planning Concept Winning Proposal / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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This design for the North Point waterfront redevelopment, which won the first prize in the competition, proposes an “organic network” of forms for the site. Designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, the project approach is based on the study of the adjacent “community street” – Chun Yeung St., which should have human life and the life of dwellers establishing the community. In this project, they aim to transform the Chun Yeung St’s urban model as part of an organic ecology. This model could affect the North Point district to become a more sustainable urban model. More images and architects’ description after the break.