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:

Bass Ensemble / Hyla Architects

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Architects: Hyla Architects
Location: ,
Main Contractor: 21 Construction Engineering Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: KKC Consultancy Services
Area: 377.39 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Jln Angin Laut / Hyla Architects

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Architects: Hyla Architects
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Main Contractor: 21 Engineering Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: GNG Consultants Pte Ltd
Area: 582.14 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Sunny Side House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

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Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Location: Serangoon,
Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
Area: 367 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marc Tey

Acoustic Alchemy / hyla architects

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Architects: hyla architects
Location: 14 Crowhurst Drive,
Area: 390 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Archifest 2013: A Festival of Ideas for the City

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Taking place September 27 – October 13 at DhobyGhaut Green, Singapore and various satellite venues, Archifest 2013: A Festival of Ideas for the City returns with a brand new theme – Small is Beautiful. Organized by Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), and curated by Shophouse and Co., this annual architecture event will use the city as a laboratory and frame Singapore as an urban ecosystem beyond singular architectural projects. It will explore and celebrate projects, design studios, communities and ideas that might be small by choice and circumstance, but are large in ambition and impact.

Festival highlights include Archifest Pavilion Design Competition, Archifest Conference, SIA Design Awards Presentation Ceremony, School of Urban Ideas, Architours and Fringe. Early bird registration ends August 31. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

River Safari / DP Architects

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Architects: DP Architects
Location: Mandai,
Area: 894400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rory Daniel

The Courtyard House / Formwerkz Architects

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Architects: Formwerkz Architects
Design Team: Alan Tay, Livina Rahmayanti, Cai Xun, Alicia
Photographs: Albert Lim

Nest House / WOHA

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Architects: WOHA
Architect In Charge: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Phua Hong Wei, Tay I-Lin, Kwong Lay Lay, Muhammad Sagitha, Joshua Seow, Benita Tan
Area: 2,080 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

AA Visiting School Singapore: ‘Objectify’ Workshop

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Conducted by RARE directors on behalf of the Architectural Association in , the ‘Objectify‘ workshop at Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Design will sample starchitecture to suggest and respond to the city’s idea of growth through image forging. Can architectural objects define a city? Singapore’s territorial enclave is punctuated with signature buildings designed by the worldwide architectural stardom. The exaggerated objectification of the architect’s status and designs is embedded in the city’s culture and apparent belief in their value. Taking place August 21-30, the workshop will explore these conditions, sampling icons to extract novel proposals. More information after the break.

Wind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

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Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Location: East Coast,
Design Team: Cecil Chee, Robin Tan, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan & Eileen Kok
Area: 553 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeremy San

The Courtyard House / AR43 Architects

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Architects: AR43 Architects
Location: ,
Architects: Lim Cheng Kooi, Murphy Wong, David Mok
Structural Engineer: Ronnie & Koh Consultants
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Wistec Engineers & Associates
Quantity Surveyor: RJ Consultants
Builder: Bestec
Area: 646.3 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert KS Lim

48 North Canal Road / WOHA

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Architects: WOHA
Location: 48 N Canal Rd,
Project Team: Wong Mun Summ, Richard Hassell, Ang Chow Hwee, Daniel Fung, Dennis P. Formalejo, Christina Ong, Eric Barthole
Area: 1,370 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

World Architecture Festival Awards 2013 shortlist announced

More than 300 projects from almost 50 countries have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2013 – the world’s biggest architectural awards programme – taking place between October 2 – 4 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The is the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event. Projects designed by global architects such as Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, and Robert A.M. Stern will compete with smaller, local practices across 29 individual award categories.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: ‘Following such strong competition at last year’s awards, expectations were understandably high for the WAF Awards 2013, and the entries did not disappoint. From the subtle to the spectacular, from a four room house to an 80 storey tower, the sheer quality and diversity reflected in the array of projects shortlisted today demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the event. All eyes are now on the festival’s venue, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where the architects will battle to win their individual categories, with the victorious projects competing for the coveted World Building of the Year award.”

You can see the complete shortlist after the break. For more information, please visit WAF’s official website.

JKC2 / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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Architects: Ong&Ong
Team Director: Diego Molina, Maria Arango
Team Members: Linda Qing, Lee Cheow Yeh, Julius Daguio Caramat, Camilo Pelaez Nino, Tomas Jaramillo Valencia, Ryan Manuel
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Pocock

The Wall House / FARM

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Architects: FARM
Location: ,
Team: Tiah Nan Chyuan, Lee Hui Lian (), Kurjanto Slamet (KD Architects)
Collaborators: KD Architects, Locus Associates with Base6 and Terre Pte Ltd
Area: 1,116 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bryan van der Beek & Edward Hendricks

The Winged House / K2LD Architects

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Architects: K2LD Architects
Project Team: Ko Shiou Hee, Leong Lai Ping, Elita Ong
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

SUTD Library Pavilion / City Form Lab

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Architects: City Form Lab
Location: Dover Rd,
Design Team: Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo
Engineering: Russel Cole, Mike King, Benjamin Sitler
Construction: Arina International Hogan, SUTD Students
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Raul Kalvo, Courtesy of