Visit 2017 Biennale
Thomas Chung (Associate Professor, School of Architecture, CUHK)
Lawrence Pun (Hong Kong writer and cultural critic)
Alex Tam (Director, Ronin Theatre)
Siu Man (MAUD, University of Cambridge)
Project Title: HETERO-HK
Hetero-HK is a cross-disciplinary experiment, an architecture x literature x theatre collaboration for the HK-SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Hong Kong (UABBHK2017).
Set in neglected edges and gaps of North Point and condensed into Connecting Space HK, Hetero-HK spatializes Lawrence Pun’s allegorical novel of Hong Kong Writopia and the Spell of Disappearance to reveal the unseen heterotopic city beneath the conformist one. Architectural scaffolding frames multi-media exhibits to enable immersive theatre performances to unfold within. A misfit writer escapes from Sand City into the spellbound realm of Writopia, a soul-searching journey of disappearance intertwines with the fate of our city. Hetero-HK promises an exceptional encounter between architecture, literature and theatre (with video and dance) to engender alternative narratives of the city.
Hetero-HK comprises an exhibition, nightly preformances, public forum and off-site installation and dance. Hetero-HK is supported by Design Trust. https://www.facebook.com/project.heterohk/
CL3 Architects Limited:
As Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects, William Lim brings over 20 years of experience to his projects. An acclaimed architect and artist, William graduated from Cornell University and has been at the forefront of architecture, culture and art globally.
Since founding CL3 in 1992, William has achieved world-wide recognition with award-winning architectural and interior projects for hotels, restaurants, retail, corporate, residences and art installation design.
William is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board and is a member of the Architects Registration Board, the Association of Architectural Practices Ltd., the Hong Kong Designers Association, the Interior Design Association, the American Institute of Architects and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
Aside from his architecture credentials, William is also a celebrated artist. He participated in the Venice Biennale‘s International Architectural Exhibition in 2006 and 2010, and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2007, 2009 and 2012. His work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Korea, the United States, and the Netherlands.
Committed to promoting culture and education, William is currently the Advisory Council Member and Member of the China Advisory Board of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, Member on the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee for Tate, Gallery Advisory Committee Members for The Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Museum Expert Advisers for the Hong Kong Museum.
Lim + Lu :
Lim + Lu is an inter-disciplinary design practice initiated in New York, currently based in Hong Kong. Lim + Lu works internationally providing architecture, interior, furniture, and product design services. Co-founders Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu met at Cornell University during their architecture studies. When the duo initiated Lim + Lu as a side project in 2013, Vincent was an architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox New York while Elaine focused on retail interiors at Tiffany & Co. After trying their hands at ICFF 2014 with several furniture prototypes and receiving much acclaim, the duo decided to move to Hong Kong to pursue Lim + Lu full time in 2015. Since both Lim and Lu were born and raised in the East, educated and practiced in the West, a balance of both cultures is essential to the duo and always translated through their design. Lim + Lu aims to initiate a constant dialogue between the user and the object through the user’s continual interaction with their designs. These designs are fully completed only through the actions of the audience. Currently, Lim + Lu is working on projects in Hong Kong, New York, Copenhagen, and other cities.
Lim + Lu has been featured widely by international press, including Dezeen, Archdaily, Designboom, Wallpaper*, SURFACE, Elle, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Architizer, Architonic, Design Anthology, et cetera.
Lim + Lu is recently selected as Rising Asian Talent by Maison et Objet 2017, 40 Under 40 by Perspective Magazine, and the 100 Most Influential Architects and Designers in 2017 by Architectural Digest China.
Project Title: Push/Pull
Cornell University has a studio for architecture students in New York City. About 3,000 S.F. of it is dedicated to a multifunctional space that serves as reception, lounge, crit room and event space. This resulted in an empty room for most of the time. The studio looks for a design that will give identity to it. The design examines the inherent qualities of the New York trolley.
Used both upright and reclined, this bipolar characteristic inspires a furniture series that could also have multiple personalities. For example, a piece that functions as a sofa in its reclined position may transform into a coat rack when it’s upright.
Built of metal for durability, a color palette adapted from Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh gives a punch of energy to an all white space.
Graduated at the Architectural Association (AA) and University College London, Tony Leung is a UK-registered Architect since 1999. After practicing in London and Hong Kong, he founded URB in 2002 specializing in modernizations of Children and Youth Centers. Over the past 17 years Tony has been teaching design studios and lecturing at the University of Hong Kong SPACE, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His works encompass different fields of design from architecture to interiors, furniture and lighting design. Many of his projects have been awarded and exhibited internationally.
Project Title: STOOLS 120
The ‘Stools 120’ echoes the folding stools commonly found in Hong Kong. Built of plywood on a pivot steel frame, the simple design offers multiple configurations such as step stools, side tables or kids’ furniture.
Tony LAU Chi-Hoi, Founder and Creative Director of NowHere® Design Ltd., is a renowned MCSD/ Chartered Designer, HKIDA (Pro) with almost 20 years of experience. His works focus exclusively on interior architecture and branding, as well as sustainable interior design, and has award numerous design awards. Actively engaging in media works, Tony was featured in programmes of Hong Kong TVB, Cable TV and NowTV. He is also a columnist of UBeauty Magazine, HKET Property Times etc.. He is a lecturer at The University of Hong Kong’s SPACE programme.
Formerly the Committee Chairman of Global Design Award 2015-16 of Hong Kong Designers Association, Lau is passionate in fostering the development of Hong Kong design scene. Graduated from HK PolyU with his he Interior Design degree, he took up further studies in Property Branding at Central St. Martins, London.
As the winner of Chartered Society of Designers award, A’ Design Award (Milan, Italy) 2017
– Gold Award and numerous CSR awards, he incorporates ground-breaking aesthetics and elements of sustainable technology to his works.
For more information, please visit www.NowHere.HK
Project Title: Come and Sit
“Come and Sit” is created for recreational use is up-cycled from bamboo basket, colorful cotton ropes and wooden chesses, re-imagining an aesthetically-pleasing space for local dwellers to take a break from their busy daily routine, spreading happiness. The baskets are furnished in a variety of green hues and brown, bringing a sense of cheerfulness to the environment. They come in different sizes, thus permeate public spaces ranging from the roadside to parks.
The piece facilitates the co-uses of space, strengthening social ties and sense of belonging to the community, as well as a culture of relaxation. Baskets are transformable between chairs and teapoys illuminated by LED strip lightings, showcasing flexibility and City Smarts.
Furthermore, the set can be dissembled and stored in a compact form, with baskets stacking on top of one another, which echoes with the problem of land shortage in Hong Kong.
Sustainability is of the designer’s great concern. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants with the advantages of being flexible and water-proof, commonly used as material for construction and handicrafts in Southern China, especially Hong Kong. All elements can be recycled at the end of their lifecycles, fulfilling the idea of sustainability.
Tiago Patatas is a Portuguese urbanist based in Hong Kong. He thinks strategically and critically about cities, at different scales, often operating on the nexus between research and practice. Currently, he is researcher at CURB – Center for Architecture and Urbanism. Previously, he conducted research in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and he was deeply involved in the European Commission project Accessibility Instruments for Planning Practice in Europe. As a consultant, he has contributed to projects on the realm of spatial design and planning in Europe and Asia. He taught at the University of Porto.
Project Title: Transitory Assemblages
Hong Kong is a city of intense use and appropriation. Its controlled territory has inspired and often forced a myriad of experiments in living, using and reinventing. In turn, spaces and objects frequently acquire unexpected, transitory identities.
The installation addresses these phenomena in Hong Kong through the lens of a single object, repeatedly repurposed and reinvented by a wide spectrum of its community. Cardboards make tremendous journeys of consecutive transformation. From a simple container for consumables, they are shortly dumped as garbage and, as such, are made available to low-waged elderly women, commonly known as cardboard grannies, who repurpose them as a commodity, to be later sold to the Filipino community, most likely domestic helpers on a Sunday, and transformed into a home for hours. Transitory Assemblages highlights a ubiquitous yet overlooked phenomenon of Hong Kong’s daily life, and attempts to renew the city’s understanding of its challenges.
TSANG Aron Wai Chun received his MArch and BA(AS) from University of Hong Kong with Distinction. He has previously worked in the renowned offices in Hong Kong, Seoul and Stockholm. His personal works have been awarded and featured at multiple competitions and publications, in which he was also awarded as one of the Hong Kong Young Design Talents in 2014. Cofounded in 2016, Tsang is currently the design director of Napp Studio.
Alfred received his BA(AS) from University of Hong Kong. He has previously worked in Hong Kong, China, Uganda and Rwanda. Apart from architectural design, he also had practical experiences in movie set design and UX design. HO Hung Lai Wesley received his Master of Architecture at Harvard GSD in 2015 and Bachelor Degree in Architectural Studies (First Class Honours) at HKU in 2010. He has worked in New York, Hong Kong and China. In OMA New York, He was a major designer for Manus X Machina Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Vogue Gala centerpiece and venue setting. He also worked on Mori Tower and the winning scheme for the new museum extention at Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. He was a teaching assistant for option studio at Harvard GSD and Career Discovery at HKU. His work was exhibited in US, Europe and China; and was published in a+t magazine, WIRED Japan, Milan Expo 2015 USA Pavilion website and GSD Platform.
Project Title: Frozen Mountain
Ever since the North East New Territories New Development Plan in 2014, the public housing development at Wang Chau in 2016 and the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint in 2017, it is obvious that our government has been seriously considering to develop the rural and greenery areas as a major solution to deal with the issue of housing shortages in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, as the city of greatest protected country park ratio in the world, we would like to use the opportunity of this Biennale to raise public concern on the issue of Hong Kong’s country park development, and hence re-think the relationship between our urban development and the greenery.
Our work consists of the a series of capsule-toy sized silicone ice mould of the few most iconic Hong Kong’s nature: North Lantau, Tai Mo Shan, Lion Rock, Tai Lam, Lamma Island and the Peak. Visitors may bring these home and make their own “melting-nature”. Through these daily objects, we wish the public would slowly begin rethink the relationship with the nature and be aware of various development policies that may destroy our previous habitat before it is too late.
Paperclip Design is Hong Kong-based industrial design studio that seeks solutions to everyday problems with a focus on aviation and seating-related issues. Our expertise is the optimization of space in highly constrained environments.
Project Title: James Lee, Kevin Liu, Rachel Suming
Paperclip Armrest is a patented design concept that solves the perennial problem of fighting for elbowroom in high-density seating- a trivial yet annoying aspect of everyday life, whether it is on a plane, on a train, in a lecture room or in a cinema It features a unique double-deck geometry that allows two persons to share an armrest in places such as the aircraft cabin, trains or theatres.
The concept has won a number of high-profile international design awards including the Crystal Cabin Award, Red Dot Award, Good Design Award and the A' Design Award.
“Living with Poetry.”
Eravolution is a multidisciplinary design studio for Furniture, Lifestyle Products, and Architectural Installations. The studio discovers solutions through research and analysis into the study of science and nature. We challenge the preconceived disparity between design and art in pursuit of a new concept of beauty, functionality, and sustainability. Our goal is to create a collection that would distinguish themselves from the mainstream by infusing poetry into everyday living. Founded in London in 2010, our studio is now based in Hong Kong. Our works are positioned as Hong Kong design influenced by a synthesis of oriental cultures and occidental design principles.
Project Title: Ztealth Chair
Dimension: L585 x W535 x H850mm (Chair Mode); L810 x W635 x H30mm (Folio Mode)
Material: Fabric/Leather; Phenolic Laminated Panels
The Ztealth Chair is a new breed of deployable furniture designed for the demand of ultimate spatial efficiency. The work is a synthesis of Chinese paper-craft ‘zhe-zhi’ and Western design ideology. The chair can be folded for carriage and storage in seconds, reducing to a fraction of its original volume. The design is an engineering marvel: it achieves a good level of comfort, tactility, and aesthetics, but averts any complex mechanics or electronics. The design looks into the future by not just presenting a new form, but one that is driven by a pressing need of high density contemporary living.
Project Title: Hong Kong Skyscraper lolly maker
We love architecture, and we also enjoy food. To share our passion of the above two, we designed ice lolly maker so that anyone can make their own architecture ice lollies. For this series we introduce 4 distinctive skyscrapers in Central, Hong Kong, namely, the Bank of China Tower, HSBC Building, Standard Chartered Bank and Jardine House. They are, though simplified, the characteristics of these buildings remained. We hope that general public will find the idea interesting and will pay more attention to these skyscrapers when they visit Central next time. Besides, isn’t it fun to gobble up Bank of China, or HSBC Building?
Sunnie S.Y. Lau, born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated with a B.A in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley; and later on obtained her M.Arch from M.I.T. She has collaborated with internationally renowned architectural practices prior to postgraduate study at the M.I.T.; she worked with Morphosis Architects L.A., MVRDV Rotterdam, on international com-petitions, cultural projects and large scale urban developments. She also participated in the presentation drawings for the West Kowloon Cultural Competition when she was working at the Office for Metropolitan Architec-ture (OMA Asia) – Hong Kong. Recent experience covered TFP Farrell and Herzog de Meuron – in the design development of the M Plus Museum. Her academic study focuses on urban masterplanning, urban mobility and in-frastructure, architectural typologies with an interest in creative and innova-tive sustainable design strategies. She believes firmly in bridging profes-sional and academia by active teaching engagements such as HKU M.Arch Urban research-oriented design seminar – “Urban Mobility and Smart Infra-structure”, the MIT B.S. Arch. Undergraduate Design Studio. More recently, she has been a regular design critic besides instructor at the architecture and urban design programs at local and Mainland Schools (HKU, CUHK, the China Academy of Art, Tongji University, etc)
Project Title: Urban mobility & smart Infrastructure-Projects in Hong Kong
The revelation of a transparent secret for the success of Hong Kong points to the thousands anonymous souls who have toiled and contributed to such success, qualified by an intangible virtue known as the spirit of the “Lion Rock”. The same drive and spirit has thence been crafted to project the determination and dedication of the Hong Kong pioneers. One also sees the same exhibit of spirit in the enterprises such as the Ocean Park, the Country Parks and the Arts Center whose name has become an icon for the so called “Made in Hong Kong” success story.
The “City Blocks Transformer”” is an installation which depicts ever-changing and the ability of adaptability. In the same spirit, the Furniture is a device that portrays the Hong Kong Story of adaptability for changing conditions, the single most explicit character that has nourished the city and people of Hong Kong. And the participating exhibitors – Hong Kong Arts Centre, Ocean park and Country Park are seen as icons representing the Hong Kong “”sustainable development in Cultural,Arts, Image and city’s livability.
Walk DVRC Ltd. has a vision for a more walkable and liveable Central Business District that begins with the revitalisation of a decaying Des Voeux Road Central. Walk DVRC’s mission includes linking this critical artery to the cultural and heritage sites that surround it.
DVRC Friends is a group of devoted volunteers from diverse backgrounds promoting a walkable DVRC in Hong Kong. Adhering to the core values of respect for diversity, openness and sustainability, DVRC Friends aims to create a people-centric DVRC by actively engaging and reaching-out to the community.
Project Title: Walk DVRC
Apart from being one of the busiest roads in Hong Kong within the Central Business District (CBD), the sense and spirit of Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC) are collectively defined by its histories, cultures, spatial forms, uses, and people. With over 80% of the available space currently dedicated to vehicles, pedestrian street life is diminished to mere point-to-point connection.
DVRC is definitely more than a mere road space. This exhibition presents a place-making vision that embraces communities beyond just the professional ones. Perhaps it is the right time for us to think out of the box to unleash the full potential of this key Hong Kong artery.
Jeffrey Wong is a registered professional town planner. As the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Young Planners Group, Steering Committee member of Walk DVRC and the Advisor of Hong Kong Public Space Initiative (HKPSI), he has been organising various community engagement and educational programmes to promote the value and importance of town planning and public space to all walks of life. Together with other young passionate professionals, Jeffrey founded LEAPS, a dedicated real estate and construction professional platform with a goal to generate innovative solutions to current land and housing as well as other social issues, leveraging their professional expertise and insight. As one of the Co-Curators, he led his planning team to participate in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (Hong Kong) 2017.
Project Title: Optimising the City Uses – Across time, space and people
In recent years, land and housing supply problem has become one of the very issues that earnestly needs to be resolved in a resolute and innovative manner. We shall first understand on how urban planning and land use distribution of Hong Kong have been determined? From the mixed-use developments commonly found in 1950/60s, to a clearer division of various land uses in 1980/90s; and up to today, has all of our urban space been exhausted? Or there are still idle space which could not be fully utilised due to various restrictions? In this e-generation, let’s join hands and explore the possibility of allowing more flexible uses of urban space (including industrial, commercial buildings, community facilities and public space) across time, space and people.
Assistant Professor and Instructor at the City University of Hong Kong
Project Title: Brownfields in Hong Kong. Turning a dross into a resource.
Brownfields in Hong Kong are happening mainly in the plains of the New Territories, covering an area as big as the entire urbanized portion of Hong Kong Island. Despite the lack of a standard definition, Hong Kong government considered brownfields not only former industrial sites with contaminated soils, but also many other improper uses of former agricultural lands of the New Territories.
“In view of Hong Kong’s severe housing problems and the great demand for ‘boarding’ the first flat purchase” turning this dross into a resource can be beneficial at various level, primarily for the society, the environment, and the national economy. Brownfields can be a testing ground to experiment smart solutions for a sustainable development, making Hong Kong a leading country in this sector.
We are convinced that brownfield regeneration could crucially contribute to Hong Kong future and we believe the solution must be sought together, within a process of participative decision-making.
Project Title: Cable-Driven Parallel Robot The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Cable-Driven Parallel Robot (CDPR) seeks to expand the possibilities of cable-driven robots into large scale architectural design. By using a cable-driven system, the issue of scale and site size are eliminated while still maintaining high degrees of accuracy –greater efficiency and design flexibility. CDPR technology will revolutionize the construction industry. CDPR will expand design possibilities and create more efficient and construction.
CDPR Parallel robots replace rigid links with cables that only provide pull forces, and eliminate push forces.
High in accuracy
CDPR in Architecture
Convenient to Transport
High size-to-weight ratio
What happens when a group of passionate and unrestrained young architecture students and artists meet? They create fantasies. Having the ambitions to create and inspire, these students and graduates coalesced into a group of design vigilantes looking for the different opportunities to express their vibrant thoughts.
The group was formed since 2015, when they first have the chance to enter the 2015 Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture and showcased one of their installation projects – the Dignity of Obsolescence. Since then, they are more aware of the power of art and architecture, therefore actively produce more ideas that can stimulate the society to wonder.
Project Title: A Tale of Interwoven Stories
Hong Kong people comes from multiple origins.
People with different beliefs, culture, ethnicity and background congregate here in this crowded city, co-creating a unique story of multiculturalism with flexible cooperation and active exchange of ideas.
Tugo Cheng is an Architect and Photographer who has received multiple international awards including National Geographic, Sony World Photography Awards and International Photographer of the Year etc. Influenced by his architectural background, he pays special attention to order and rhythm in his compositions. His works were showcased in exhibitions and art fairs in Hong Kong, Asia and Europe and featured by major media such as CNN, National Geographic and SCMP. He was named Perspective 40-under-40 Artist this year for his achievements in art and photography.
TUGO CHENG Photography
Looking at the work of Nick Poon, he may be perceived as ordinary, real and probably a little mundane, which is quite contradictory to his role as adman for over 20 years. He first became interested in photography when he was in secondary school, where he would go round with his father’s Nikon F2, taking pictures of people and things surrounding his daily life. Then a few years ago when he was shooting some reference photos for an advertising project and inadvertently captured a lot of people on the streets unrelated to his work. At that moment, he realised the images he had missed all these years. Now he always carries his compact camera with him, so he doesn’t miss any more inspirations on the streets. He loves shooting without a pre-conceived topic, but is partial to certain images. Like ordinary people, ordinary faces, ordinary entities, ordinary places, ordinary living, ordinary emotions, maybe a little unhappy, a little sad. The more ordinary, the more intense the desire to capture. What he really wants to do is to carefully record how these ordinary people live their lives in times of disparity.
Project Title: Confined
The Chinese word “囚” means imprisonment or prisoner. The shape of the word resembles a person “人” being confined within a square frame, much like the photos depicted in this series. Since the day of birth, we as humans are inevitably constrained by geography, nationality, sexuality, physicality, race & ethnicity, financial needs or materialistic desires and religious beliefs. We often become prisoners of our past, our ambitions, our pride and love, … etc. This irony is especially apparent in Hong Kong, where space is a scarcity. People are imprisoned in suffocatingly small living environments, physically and mentally. But is this the only option to our existence?
I do not regard myself as a photographer. I’m an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It’s like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it’s the journey of my life. If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it’s a tremendous joy and some accomplishment…
It’s a little photo machine, the Fuji F10, that got me into this photography thing in 2005; quite to my surprise, what started off as a leisure time hobby has evolved very soon into an important part of my life. In terms of photography, I’m trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see “”something””; and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs.
Esther Lorenz is a licensed architect, urban researcher, and an assistant professor at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. Her work explores the social, cultural, and economic preconditions of architecture, and the mutual effects between urban form and human life, social relations and space perception. She is the editor, with Li Shiqiao, of Kowloon Cultural District: An Investigation into Spatial Capabilities in Hong Kong (2014).
Project Title: Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong
Hong Kong presents unique spatial characteristics that result primarily from its extreme density, developed on limited land between mountain and sea. The urban space as experienced on foot is comprised of a complex network of walking paths, interior and exterior, that emerge in the fascinating intersection between pedestrian infrastructure, public transport systems, and architecture. Hong Kong is home to a thriving film industry. Moreover, everyday pedestrian movement through the city’s urban spaces, as a varied combination of proper and structured movement through a densely layered sequence of spaces and atmospheres produces an inherently cinematic experience as well. Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong explores this strong connection between film, dense urban space and movement in Hong Kong by capturing the aesthetic experience of this sensorial rich pedestrian city through audio-visual and graphical means. The work exhibited at the Biennale is the result of a one-week immersion into Hong Kong’s cityscape, with walking forming the primary means of locomotion, assisted by the rich array of public transport. Each one of the short films and drawings presented focuses on a particular experiential aspect, offering a poetic and critical reflection on Hong Kong’s unique spatial qualities; inspiring new ways of sensing the city and possibly innovative future designs that are grounded in these deeply perceptive observations. Kinesthetic Montage is funded by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, the Arts Council, and the School of Architecture, University of Virginia.
This is an experimental collaboration between the designers Michael Leong and Soliworm Lai (both are the members of the local creative group Stickyline), and the architect Wyan Yeung, which is an indoor art installation project consisting of lightweight paper folding stools.
The participating team is made up of local product designers and architect. The team members believe that the definition of “HK City Smart” is “elasticity”, “flexibility” and “variability”, and the folding stool is a symbolic object. We use concept and convert it into more flexible and lighter art piece, make it by paper one a one-to-one scale. Because of its lightness, we can quickly put a lot of finished products together, so that it can be placed in different exhibition space as an art installation and on feature walls.
S H Λ D O W is a partnership dedicated to the craft of architecture.
Based in Hong Kong the practice has been involved in various commercial, residential, hospitality, cultural, and office projects.
Our approach to design has always been the integration of clear planning, respect for materials, and the use of natural light and shadow. Through this combination and exploration, coupled with respect for environment and technology, we continue to experiment in pursuit of extraordinary design excellence.
Project Title: DEN-CITY
Den-city is inspired from the density of Hong Kong city fabric. While this is the beauty of Hong Kong as a metropolis, this also greatly affect the privacy and living condition of its people.
Den-city is an installation which uses infinite reflections of the light, shadow to recreate the urban fabric of Hong Kong within a confined space. Through the journey of moving between the den-city, one is given an alternative per-spective to appreciate the beauty of Hong Kong as an outsider as well as to re-think the conditions of living in this world-famous metropolis.
Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd (DLN) is one of the most versatile architectural practices in Asia. Founded in Hong Kong in 1972, DLN has designed a number of the world’s tallest, largest and most complex buildings in each decade from the 1970s to the present.
Project Title: Sustainable Density: Hysan Place
Hysan Place is the pioneer of international environmental and energy standards for high-rise mixed-use architecture. It is the first Hong Kong building to be certified at the highest Platinum level for both the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard (LEED) and Hong Kong’s Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM). Completed in 2011, the 36-storey mixed-use office and retail building, with 4 ancillary levels of basement and a gross floor area totaling around 66,500sq.m, is a green landmark in the heart of bustling Causeway Bay, a prime and vibrant commercial district in Hong Kong. The exhibit aims to showcase this project as an important benchmark for Hong Kong tall buildings that embodies a variety of programs, circulations and green elements. Architectural diagrams and conceptual models will form a main part of the exhibit, which in turn inform sustainability within and without architecture and the built environment.
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 85 offices in 35 countries our 13,000 designers, engineers, planners and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.
Project Title: ArupREAL
‘Experience’ the built environment with ArupREAL
Advanced visualisation technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become more and more accessible in the consumer market. This has offered huge potentials for the design and construction industry to apply these emerging technologies in building our city, and for the public to know more about the built environment.
As a digital leader in the built environment, Arup has developed a mobile app to show 3D images of buildings or simulation, making use of simplified BIM type structure models or 3D analysis models. The app can demonstrate the analytical data and simulation results in the virtual reality to facilitate the communication with project stakeholders. This greatly minimises the gaps of understanding technical drawings, diagrams and jargon, and thus democratises the process of built environment development.
The app is able to visualise animated wind flows and shading at different time scenarios derived from a computational fluid dynamics microclimate simulation and other analytic tools.
Reviewing structural design
The app shows the structural design with a simplified BIM model in the virtual world.
Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP), established in Hong Kong in 1976, is an award-winning practice specializing in architectural an interior design and master landing. The firm has been engaged in a wide variety of projects, including large-scale integrated urban developments high-density transit-oriented developments (HDTOD), commercial buildings residential developments and cultural and public developments. RLP’s design better life philosophy leads the firm to contribute in numerous admirable projects. RLP has received over 18 local and international accolades, and it is ranked 51st on bd’s list of top 100 architects in 2017.
RLP has offices in Hong Kong Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen housing its strong team of over 600 professionals. Committed to charity and social responsibility, RLP has been awarded with Hong Kong’s Caring Company Logo for eight years in a row.
Project Title: City Transformer
Driven by the exploration on the new Chief Executive’s initiatives on urban design solutions, RLP proposed a Civic Skyscraper – City Transformer—as a new prototype to tackle the problems of land supply shortage and rising housing demand in Hong Kong. To optimise development potential and re-define the concept of “City Uses” or “City Renewal”, it showcases the co-use of space and mix-programmes by stacking up the government lands (GIC sites) and developing unused or undefined lands.
The exhibit is a “transformed” Civic Skycraper built over the huge highway interchange loop next to the new Yau Ma Tei Tyhoon Shelter. It is designed by stacking up the plot ratio district. The 375m tall City Transformer is divided into four zones, which comprises mixed uses of space for various functions including youth and elderly residences, government offices, institutions, schools, sky green decks, spots, cultural and community facilities. Based on the vertical city concept, separation between users and vehicles is achieved by designing designated accesses for users and vehicles respectively.
City Transformer is a successful demonstration of the transfer of underused plot ratio for the corresponding release of more lands for community use or new housing projects.
The P&T Group, formerly known as Palmer and Turner Hong Kong which established in 1868, is the oldest and largest international architectural engineering practice in the South East Asia. The Group offers a full range of architectural, structural and mechanical engineering, planning and project management services, with full support from in-house interior and graphic design divisions.
Professional emphasis is placed on visual and functional elements of design, to create buildings that are both aestheticallypleasing and sympathetic to their surroundings.
Project Title: SKYPARK
SKYPARK, which situates in the most dense and vibrant part of Mongkok, consists of a residential tower, a sky clubhouse and a podium shopping mall. A new definition of living style in Mongkok is created by positioning the residential clubhouse and a green park at the rooftop which connected together by a“Sky Stair”. This roof design offers the resident a quality space in the heart of the dense city with a greenery lawn, some in-door and outdoor activity spaces and spectacular views which is perfect for relaxation, entertainment and social gatherings.
Several environmental green features were applied at the roof such as solar PV panel, rainwater recycle system, wind turbine system, etc.
A new spatial design at the shopping mall was achieved by breaking down the podium massing into smaller pieces of building blocks resembling a shopping village. Building set-back at the Nelson Street creates a small welcoming plaza and an internal street. More semi-outdoor interface can be created for a unique and interesting shopping experience. Lots of greenery, wood materials, outdoor furnitures, freestanding signages, glass windows and skylight were introduced inside the mall to resonate for an outdoor and cozy shopping atmosphere.
Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in 2016. They earned their Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Their academic projects have been exhibited at Harvard GSD; have been published in Domus China , Platform 5 , and Platform 6 ; and Lap Chi was an invited speaker for GSD Open House. Prior to opening Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, They worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland for five years, and worked with Wang Shu of Amature Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, China. Since opening Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, their office has been awarded 1st prize on three international architecture competitions, and has been named as one of the top twenty Emerging Architecture Practices in the World of 2017 by Wallpaper* Magazine. They has been invited to speak at the Chicago Architecture Club and Harvard GSD Alumni. Lap Chi was born in Hong Kong and bases his office between Chicago and Hong Kong. He is currently a studio instructor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Alison was born in Chicago and she is currently a instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project Title: Towers within a Tower: The Vertical Unit
Towers within a Tower by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office received 1st prize for the 2017 Hong Kong Pixel Home Challenge. We are seeking to exhibit this proposal through Virtual Reality so visitors may explore our design of micro apartments in Hong Kong.
Towers within a Tower ushers Hong Kong’s urban verticality into the apartment unit itself.
Apartment spaces, which are typically inhabited as horizontal slices, are instead stacked one atop the other vertically to become their own tower. An economy of construction maintains three basic unit types: a studio unit, a 1-bedroom unit, and a family unit. Each of these unit towers are unique in their proportion, organization, and color, to serve the varying needs of each tenant type. The modularity of the system and minimal material weight allow for economic fabrication and flexible transport. This system can be aggregated across scales, from a four-story rural housing unit to a tower in the city. As a system, the tower unit produces a new typology of residential-living, where daily life is framed within pixels.
Our proposal for the City Smarts: Density 2.0 is to provide visitors with a Virtual Reality experience of our project Towers within a Tower. The visitor will be able to explore 3 types of apartment units: a studio, a 1-bedroom unit, and a family unit. The Virtual Reality allows users to experience what it is like to move up within the towers. Unlike a conventional architecture representation, visitors will be allowed to explore the vertical living of Towers within Tower.
The EKEO was inaugurated on 7 June 2012 to steer, supervise, oversee and monitor the development of Kowloon East with a view to facilitating its transformation into another premier CBD of Hong Kong to support our economic growth and strengthen our global competitiveness.
Project Title: Kowloon East Smart City Pilot Area
Kowloon East (KE) is Hong Kong’s pilot area for smart city development. We aim at formulating a smart city framework for KE, outlining strategic aspects, recommending relevant smart city proposals and implementing proof of concept trials with a view to turning KE into a vibrant, smart and sustainable second core business area of Hong Kong.
We foster the transformation of the former airport site and the industrial areas in Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay into another attractive Core Business District (CBD2) to sustain Hong Kong’s economic development through different projects, including “Green CBD2”, “Energizing Hoi Bun Road” and “Back Alley Project @ Kowloon East”