Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg

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The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to various major cities in the Mainland with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm and equipped with fifteen tracks, the facility will probably be the largest below ground terminus station in the world.

Designed by of Aedas, in collaboration with Aecom, the West Terminus will function more like an international airport than a rail station; this means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: Kennedy Town Praya, ,
Photographs: TFP Farrells, Marcel Lam

International Commerce Centre / KPF

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is often referred to as one of the densest cities in the world, lined with an impressive array of skyscrapers along its shores. The latest supertall addition by architects KPF reaches an altitude of 484 meters above the Victoria Harbor in Kowloon. Located atop the new Kowloon Station, a transportation hub that feeds a network that ferries over 11 million passenger journeys per day, the International Commerce Centre is an integral part and centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project.  Internal programming includes office space, 2 hotels, and an observation deck amongst other mixed-use functions. More details after the break.

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passager / WAU Studio

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A complementary and mutual beneficial partnership, and Shenzhen will join the globalization as an integrated image and get benefit. With intimate collaboration, the proposal for the -Shenzhen boundary control point by WAU Design will serve as a symbol of close communication. The scheme concept comes from “link”: many single units can be twisted into a solid and integrated form. This scheme, a twisted link, indicates multi-level and deep cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on economic, cultural, and multi-faceted levels. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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The Alternative Car Park Tower, designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, is an alternative building typology that could fit for a city with very limited land resources. At the same time, they are critiquing the current developments of most metropolitan cities: growing rapidly without vision and preparation for our human future. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

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Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Kowloon Park,
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

Jardines Lookout Flat / AFFECT-T

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Photographer: Luke Hayes

Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong: Extremely Negative / YS Groundwork

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We have already introduced you to the Night Club Hotel: Bubble X (2nd place) and Elevated Night Club (3rd place) winning entries for the Night Club Hotel in by vGH Company and Urbanplunger respectfully. We now unveil the first place proposal, submitted by Hong Kong based architecture firm YS Groundwork. Extremely Negative is concerned with distancing itself from the typical design solutions that produce mega-structures and commercial towers. Instead, the team decided to invert the structure creating a void below grade that can be occupied at multiple levels with programs such as an open air disco, a hostel and a monastery.

More images from this proposal after the break!

Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong: BUBBLE X / vGH Company

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As we have recently shared with you the third place winner of the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of Hong Kong, we now present to you the second prize winning proposal. Designed by the young, Marseille-based architecture firm vGH Company, BUBBLE X is an object of desire that promises “the existence of a carnal place where sensuality, eroticism and exhilaration prevail.”

Continue reading for vGH Company’s project description.

Elevated Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong / Urbanplunger

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The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of . Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.

Hong Kong Car Park Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

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Interface Studio Architects shared with us their proposal for the Car Parc competition, which aims at romanticizing the car as an active urban object while simultaneously implementing sustainable strategies. In addition to including parking spaces in the rotational design, shopping, food and landscaping aspects are also included in the program. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alternative Car Park Tower / Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski, Borys Wrzeszcz

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The main concept of the Alternative Car Park Tower, titled ‘Sky Street’, by Hugon Kowalski, Adam Wiercinski and Borys Wrzeszcz was to create parking spaces as an extension of the street. Typical city-street features with a traffic lane, parking spaces, sidewalk and tram was taken out which helped to shape their building form. More images and project description after the break.

Tri-Colonnade / SO-IL / Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale

Check out this great video by SO-IL about their spatial facade for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale.  Referencing the 1980 Venice Bienale where 20 architects collaboratively designed a “facade” that challenged the notions of an individual and collective expression, SO-IL has taken a similar approach for their 2011 work.  The firm, no doubt, is used to challenging the accepted norms of architects and architecture – case in point, their Pole Dance for MoMA PS1 - and this Biennale proposal marks a distinction between the facade as a flat symbolic representation, and the use of the facade to actually become a spatial and experiential element. “It is high time to revisit this canonical exhibition of post-modernism. 40 years after our predecessors expanded the territory of the architectural discipline into the experience of time, we continue to believe that growth and innovation are limitless if a new territory of spatiality can be defined,” says Jing Liu of when reflecting on the intention this installation.  With ’s prismatic paneled “colonnade” of marble tiles backed with mirrors, visitors can experience a changing depth of the installation and discover new spaces while wandering through it.

LHT Tower / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects Ltd
Location: 31 Queen’s Road Central,
Design Team: Rocco Yim, Bernard Hui, CM Chan, William Tam, Rebecca Chung, Lucia Cheung, Jackie Choi, Becky Luk
Design Date: 2005
Completion Date: 2011
Site Area: 1,059 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 16,541 sqm
Client: The Luk Hoi Tong Co. Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Housing Development / Y Design Office

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Under rapid housing developments in the past years, has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past housing projects in and stating the notion of verticality as the only solution. The ambition of Y Design Office is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Finland´s Participation at Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale for Urbanism and Architecture

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From December 8th to February 12th at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, the cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong are hosting the 7th Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture and this year, Finland will be participating in the biennale for the first time. Participants in the biennale include the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Design Forum Finland and the Newly Drawn project, which represents young Finnish architects.

The event takes a stand on modern phenomena in , which is urbanising at an ever increasing pace. Running from December 2011 until February 2012, the biennale examines different aspects of urbanisation, including case studies of cities less than 60 years old, an exhibition on the development of urban public transport and current construction projects in Shenzhen. More information on the event after the break.

Alternative Car Park Tower Proposal / Mozhao Studio

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shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Alternative Car Park Tower competition which was held by held by AC_CA. Their design integrates the Hong Kong City Hall, the second-floor pedestrian system and streets on the second-floor level, provid¬ing a convenient and enjoyable network of public spaces. Because of this strategy, the park tower presents the citizen¬ship, which relates and echoes to the Hong Kong City Hall nearby. More images and architects’ description after the break.

18 Kowloon East / Aedas

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Architect: Aedas
Location: Bay, , China
Size: 32,400 sq m (GFA)
Status: Completion 2010

Aedas shared with us their design for a 28-storey mixed-use building which includes housing, offices, retail spaces and a car park. A design with efficient office floor plates and a rational box were requested by the client. With the building located in a community with dense industrial blocks, instead of providing another office tower entirely wrapped in a coolly glazed skin, the design investigates the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable design in such an industrial area. More images and architects’ description after the break.