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HONG KONG

OCTOBER/DECEMBER 2017 | ISSUES 7 & 8 | HKD50 | RMB65

ISSN 2519-6723

OCTOBER/DECEMBER ISSUE

OCTOBER/DECEMBER 2017 | ISSUES 7 & 8

OCTOBER/DECEMBER ISSUE

CONSTRUCTION YEAR IN

REVIEW & FORECAST

ELDERLY-FRIENDLY HOUSING

PROJECTS: SEVEN VICTORY AVENUE, ALASSIO, RESIGLOW,

OCEAN TERMINAL EXTENSION & MORE


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FOREWORD

In an era of rapid social, economic and technological

change, Hong Kong is facing various challenges and

opportunities, both externally and internally. We need

a timely response and a visionary approach for our

territorial development strategy. Hong Kong 2030+:

Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending

2030 (Hong Kong 2030+) is the government’s response.

Hong Kong 2030+ envisions Hong Kong to become a liveable, competitive and sustainable

‘Asia’s World City’. The strategy is built upon three building blocks, namely Planning for

a Liveable High-density City, Embracing New Economic Challenges and Opportunities and

Creating Capacity for Sustainable Growth. A conceptual spatial framework comprising a

Metropolitan Business Core, two Strategic Growth Areas (i.e. New Territories North and East

Lantau Metropolis) and three Development Axes is proposed to create the capacity while

preserving areas of high ecological importance. This will entail considerable construction

works, ranging from retrofitting of ageing buildings and ageing infrastructure to comprehensive

development of strategic growth areas with supporting transportation and infrastructure.

In the face of climate change, the success of a long-term strategic plan lies in a Smart, Green

and Resilient (SGR) City Strategy permeating all aspects of city planning, development and

management. Innovation on sustainable planning and construction methods and technologies

will help contribute to an SGR city.

The completion of a six-month public engagement for Hong Kong 2030+ in April 2017 marks

a key milestone of the strategic plan formulation process. We would finalise the strategic plan

taking into account the public views, findings of technical assessments and relevant policy

directions.

Together, let’s prepare Hong Kong for a sustainable future for all.

Phyllis Li, JP

Deputy Director of Planning/Territorial

Planning Department

HKSAR Government

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Dear readers,

In this year-end bumper issue, we take a closer look at what has been happening in Hong Kong’s

construction industry in 2017 and offer an outlook for 2018. The total number of construction

commencements has maintained a positive growth trajectory, which is set to continue in the upcoming

year.

Phyllis Li, JP, Deputy Director of Planning/Territorial, Planning Department, HKSAR Government highlights

in her foreword the completion of a six-month public engagement for Hong Kong 2030+ in April 2017,

marking a key milestone in Hong Kong’s territorial development strategy and visionary approach to

becoming a liveable, competitive and sustainable ‘Asia’s World City’.

Housing development is a critical component of such a strategic plan. While Hong Kong continues to

grapple with land shortages, rising property prices and increasing housing demand, the residential sector

is still a major contributor to the construction industry and is projected to remain so in the coming years.

As the society ages and the proportion of elderly-only households increases, there is an imminent demand

for elderly-friendly housing. The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) explores the opportunities and

challenges regarding ageing in place and the role for surveyors in elderly-friendly housing in their

commentary. The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) has been trying out pilot schemes with various

models for the government, public and private developers. Currently, there are concerns that provisions

for the elderly may affect property prices. Sr Edgar Li, HKIS’ Vice-Chairman of Guangzhou Forum,

suggested for an Elderly Bureau to be set up to provide incentives, such as elderly housing concessions

for public and private developers.

We also feature a large number of residential projects in this issue, for example, Seven Victory Avenue,

which is designed to provide an accessible and stylish private living space despite the compact size

of each unit; and ALASSIO, which makes use of expansive glass windows to generate a sense of

spaciousness and facilitate natural light.

Happy reading!

Clara Chiang

Senior Editor

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

3 Phyllis Li, JP

Deputy Director

of Planning/

Territorial

Planning Department

HKSAR Government

Editor’s Letter

5

10 Construction

Year in Review

& Forecast

Commentaries

12 Elderly-friendly

Housing

18 Automated Off-site

Cut and Bend

Products & Technologies

32 CoeLux: Experience the Sky

33 VirusGuard

34 MultiGips R48 Radiation

Protection Gypsum Block

36 MEGAMAN Launches New

Products at the Hong Kong

International Lighting Fair

2017 (Autumn Edition)

News & Events

22 DFA Awards Announces

2017 Winners

23 World’s First Metamaterial

Sound Insulation Application

in Hotel Madera Hong Kong

24 The Lighting Bible 12

Product Launch Event

25 Opening of Chongqing IFS

26 Nextgen Server Room

Technology for New

Office Setup: PFM

27 RTI and Mindstec Committed

to Strategic Partnership to

Boost Global Footprints

28 14 th Guangzhou Electrical

Building Technology

30 The First Art Exhibition to Explore

Urbanisation in China


Projects

42 Resiglow

44 Seven Victory Avenue

46 Bohemian House

50 H Queens

54 ALASSIO

58 Ocean Terminal Extension

62 Dong-E E-Jiao Biotech Park

66 Leeza SOHO

Interiors

70 Zheijiang Yuexiu University of Foreign

Languages Jinghu Campus Library

74 Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou

78 Ding Hui Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber

82 Hyde Mansion Clubhouse

86 Yangshou Blossom Dreams Hotel

90 WE NEW DO Beef Hot Pot Restaurant

94 cnYES Office

In The Spotlight

38 Rex Wong

Student Feature

100 Visitor Centre with Biological

and Climatology Department


CONSTRUCTION YEAR

IN REVIEW & FORECAST

Hong Kong’s construction industry has been heading in a positive direction in 2017, relative to its performance in 2016.

The rebound in gross value of construction works can be attributed to a large number of government-led construction

such as Hong Kong Airport’s expansion, Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) and Hong Kong–Zhuhai–

Macao Bridge (HZMB). As the economy picks up pace, construction commencements have remained strong in 2017 and

are projected to further improve in 2018. In particular, the community sector had a good performance although it had

a dip in the third quarter due to a lack of projects. It nevertheless finished strong, with one of the major projects being

the CUHK Medical Centre. For the upcoming year, a continuation of the government’s hospital development programme

should promote construction in this category. Although Hong Kong has been suffering from a serious shortage of land for

development and trying to cope with increasing housing demand, constant commencements of large-scale projects have

helped the residential sector to maintain a good performance that started in 2016. There are concerns of a housing ‘bubble’,

yet demand remains strong from mainland investors and local owner occupiers. In accordance with the Chief Executive’s

2017 Policy Address, the government’s focus on land supply and housing development ensures that the residential sector

will remain a major contributor to the construction industry in the coming years.

HKD28,247 million

CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES OF CONSTRUCTION

Q2 2017 GDP (IN CHAINED (2015) DOLLARS)

3.4%

CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES OF CONSTRUCTION

Q2 2017 GDP (YEAR-ON-YEAR PERCENTAGE

CHANGE IN REAL TERMS)

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COMMENCEMENTS

Year 2017 2018

%

185,781

2.0%

194,953

4.9%

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (REVIEW)

Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2017 VS.

Oct. 2015 - Sep. 2016

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

TOTAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (REVIEW)

Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2017 VS.

Oct. 2015 - Sep. 2016

TOTAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

+39%

+2%

+80%

+5%

TOTAL CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (REVIEW)

Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2017 VS.

Oct. 2015 - Sep. 2016

TOTAL CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

-44%

-16%

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+26%

TOTAL OFFICE CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

+119%

TOTAL COMMUNITY

CONSTRUCTION STARTS

(FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

-46%

TOTAL INDUSTRIAL

CONSTRUCTION STARTS

(FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

-23%

TOTAL RETAIL AND

HOSPITALITY CONSTRUCTION

STARTS (FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

-1%

TOTAL RESIDENTIAL

CONSTRUCTION STARTS

(FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 vs.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

-45%

TOTAL EDUCATION

CONSTRUCTION STARTS

(FORECAST)

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 VS.

Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2016

Sources: Gross Domestic Product (Quarterly) (Third Quarter 2017) by Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;

BCI Forecaster (October 2017 – December 2017)

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COMMENTARY

ELDERLY-FRIENDLY

HOUSING

It is estimated that Hong Kong’s elderly population with age 60 or above will constitute 34 per cent of the

city’s population by 2034, according to the Census and Statistics Department of the government. While Hong

Kong has one of the highest rates of elderly staying at institutional elderly nursing homes, many baby boomers

prefer ageing in place at home. In this commentary, we will explore the opportunities and challenges regarding

ageing in place and the role for surveyors in elderly-friendly housing.

BY THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS

There is an imminent need for elderly-friendly housing as the proportion of

elderly-only households in Hong Kong increases throughout the years

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Image by Dann19L/Shutterstock.com

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COMMENTARY

Image by 279photo Studio/Shutterstock.com

The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) has been trying out pilot schemes, with various

models for the government, public and private developers

Image by Dann19L/Shutterstock.com

Hong Kong has an elderly institutionalisation rate much higher

than those of many Asian and Western countries.

As its aged population increases and the

size of households falls, the proportion of

elderly-only households in Hong Kong will

increase significantly from 12.9 per cent in

2011 to 20.4 per cent in 2024. Hong Kong

has an elderly institutionalisation rate much

higher than those of many Asian and Western

countries, despite the fact that 85 per cent of

persons aged 50 and above have considered

ageing at home. There is imminent need for

elderly-friendly housing.

According to the World Health Organisation,

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age-friendly cities have eight particular

features: housing, transportation, outdoor

space and buildings, community and health

services, communication and information,

civic participation and employment, respect

and social inclusion, as well as social

participation.

“Hong Kong lags behind some of the

developed countries in the world in this

respect,” says Sr Marco Wu, Chairman of

the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) and

Past President of the HKIS. “In Singapore,

there is a Minister for Health and Ministerin-charge

of Ageing Issues who looks after

elderly-related matters encompassing all

features of age-friendly cities. In Hong Kong,

however, there is no such a Bureau Director

nor is there an integrated, elderly-specific

housing and healthcare policy. We think

elderly initiatives need totality rather than

compartmentalisation with its attendant silo

effect.”

There is also a lack of government standards

for the provision of facilities catering to


an elderly population. “The government’s

Planning Standards and Guidelines make

provisions for facilities ranging from nurseries

to secondary schools according to the youth

population. However, there are few provision

standards for elderly flats, elderly community

and day-care centres or residential care

homes,” Wu continues. “In many cases,

elderly services can thus only be provided as

retrospective provisions.”

Often called a housing laboratory, the HKHS

has been trying out pilot schemes with various

models for the government, public and

private developers to consider, one of them

being the Ageing-In-Place (AIP) Scheme for

lower-income elderly people. The HKHS has

been providing more than 900 elderly flats

in nine rental estates since the early 1970s.

Also, in all of its 20 rental housing estates,

there is now home modification, health

assessment and services, psychosocial and

neighbourhood support, as well as active

ageing activities through the AIP Scheme.

“According to a Social Return on Investment

(SROI) study conducted by the Hong

Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts

commissioned by the HKHS in 2014–

2016, for every HKD1 invested, the AIP

scheme generated HKD4.5 of social value

in return,” says Wu. “Residents with targeted

intervention have reported increase in wellbeing,

in terms of physical health, social

support, and maintenance of cognition, as

well as reduced falls and less depression.”

The elderly become more confident in staying

in their community rather than seeking

institutional care.

Ageing in place, coupled with an elderlyfriendly

community, is a better alternative

for the ‘young old’ and those who are not

yet in constant need of professional care.

in 2014, over 90 per cent of the younger

generation are willing to live close to their

parents in separate units within the same

building or neighbourhood, despite only 25

per cent of them choosing to live with their

elderly parents. The HKHS thus has a Mixed

Housing Model to encourage the younger

generation to purchase residential flats on

upper floors and the elderly to live in rental

flats on lower floors (i.e. Harmony Place in

Shau Kei Wan).

“There are urgent needs for all models

across all sectors,” says Wu, who wishes to

encourage more mixed development models

in future. He also hopes that the private sector

can render support even in less distinct ways,

such as increasing elderly-friendly facilities

within their developments.

As for existing private housing blocks, the

HKHS recently completed the four-year

pilot Elderly Safe Living Scheme (ESLS) in

selected districts to provide professional

advice to elderly home owners and dwellers

to improve domestic environments based

on elderly needs. There is also the Building

Maintenance Grant Scheme for Elderly

Owners (BMGS) with a grant of up to

HKD40,000 for building repairs, maintenance

and improvement of building safety.

Prof Francis Wong of the Department of

Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong

Polytechnic University says that in spite of the

government scheme to purchase places from

elderly nursing homes, the state of some

homes have led to concerns about quality,

affordability and emotional well-being of the

elderly.

Ageing in place, coupled with an elderlyfriendly

community, is a better alternative

for the ‘young old’ and those who are not

yet in constant need of professional care.

“The need remains pressing despite the fact

that the Housing Authority and the Housing

Society are the largest suppliers of elderlyfriendly

housing. The previous practice, for

instance, of housing two elderly people who

did not know each other in the same unit,

ran into trouble due to personal conflicts.

Purpose-built elderly-friendly housing is a

viable measure, though the quantity remains

limited thus far.”

Wong acknowledges that most existing

blocks did not take elderly-friendliness into

consideration when they were being built.

Those built by the Housing Authority and the

The HKHS also has purpose-built elderlyfriendly

housing with units for lifelong (from

age 60 onwards) lease on upper floors,

accompanied by residential care homes and

elderly facilities on lower floors. There are two

types: the Senior Citizen Residences Scheme

(SEN) for middle-income groups, which are

means-tested and subsidised by the HKHS

further to government exemption of land

premiums (i.e. Jolly Place in Tseung Kwan O

and Cheerful Court in Ngau Tau Kok); and the

Joyous Living Project for non-means tested,

higher-aspiration groups, which operates on a

self-financing model as the HKHS paid land

premiums at full market value (i.e. The Tanner

Hill in North Point).

It is worth noting that according to a survey

undertaken by the University of Hong Kong

Developers need incentives and there are concerns that

provisions for the elderly may affect property price

Image by joyfull/Shutterstock.com

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COMMENTARY

An elderly housing concession for public or private elderly-friendly housing can be introduced as an incentive measure

Image by dbppstock88/Shutterstock.com

In our ageing society, those opposed or indifferent to elderlyfriendly

housing today might become users of it in a few decades;

public sentiment will become more positive.

HKHS, with social responsibility in mind, have

better chances of being enhanced, such as

having lifts installed. Old private buildings,

however, have issues due to divided

ownership and the developer no longer being

in the market.

“Although urban renewal is a way to rebuild

the area with universal access, it may also

lead to the elderly being displaced elsewhere

as property prices surge after renewal,” Wong

notes. “Developers need incentives, and there

are concerns that provisions for the elderly

may affect property price.”

Sr Edgar Li, the HKIS’ Vice-Chairman

of Guangzhou Forum and former Vice-

Chairman of Housing Policy Panel, suggests

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incentives for developers. To encourage

hotel development in the 1980s, hotels

were allowed to be treated as non-domestic

buildings for site coverage and plot ratio

purposes so that certain supporting facilities

could be exempted from GFA calculations.

Similar to the hotel concession, an elderly

housing concession for public or private

elderly-friendly housing can be introduced

as an incentive measure to increase the

maximum plot ratio of Class C sites from 10

to 15, and from 8 to 15 for Class-A sites.

These buildings in extremely high demand in

the society have to meet the specific criteria

and the required standard of provision in

space and facility.

Laws and regulations should be in place to

ensure that such housing will be managed

by elderly-related NGOs or other licensed

operators, and that changes of use are

prohibited unless approved by the Buildings

Department. The endorsement of the Social

Welfare Department should also be needed.

Surveyors, on the other hand, will play

important roles in building control, planning

or leasing strategy and facility management.

An elderly-friendly building should have

common areas with wider corridors and

lift lobbies, bigger lifts, and a temporary

refuge space for wheelchair users during

emergencies. A bed-bound elderly person

may be transferred to medical facilities within

the same building using a lift designed for

beds and through a corridor wide enough


An Elderly Bureau should first of all be

set up to provide incentives, encourage

professional input and coordinate efforts

among departments.

for beds to turn. There should also be

allowance made in the units for wheelchairs

to manoeuvre and be parked in all rooms.

Li goes on to suggest that GFA exemption

be granted to other buildings whose lowerfloor

common areas can be converted for

GIC purposes into more elderly care facilities

and venues for activities. As long as fire

safety, structural regulations and other legal

measures are respected, the option of partial

conversion is highly feasible. “We can take

reference from recent conversion projects

in mainland China, which are often more

advanced in providing incentive measures,” Li

points out.

As for urban renewal, Li thinks that it involves

not only the replacement of pre-war buildings

by newer buildings with lifts, but also the

formulation of facilitation measures for

the rejuvenation of older buildings and/or

conversion to target use or industry buildings.

This is with exemption of plot ratio and site

coverage for adding lifts, and link bridges if

required, to facilitate the circulation of elderly

people from the street to the upper floors,

as well as communal elderly care facilities,

which can then be turned into an elderlyfriendly

community district.

“Once the direction is determined, technical

issues can be solved by planning and

coordination. For instance, concerns over

frequent ambulance visits can be solved by

planned routes with less interference to the

public. In our ageing society, those opposed

or indifferent to elderly-friendly housing

today might become users of it in a few

decades; public sentiment will become more

positive. An Elderly Bureau should first of all

be set up to provide incentives, encourage

professional input and coordinate efforts

among departments,” Li reiterates.

THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF

SURVEYORS

Established in 1984, The Hong Kong Institute

of Surveyors (HKIS) is the only surveying

professional body incorporated by ordinance

in Hong Kong. As of 13 October 2017, the

number of members reached 9,726, of

which 6,399 were corporate members, 78

were associate members and 3,249 were

probationers and students.

HKIS’ work includes setting standards for

professional services and performance,

establishing codes of ethics, determining

requirements for admission as professional

surveyors, and encouraging members to

upgrade skills through continuing professional

development.

HKIS has an important consultative role in

government policy making and on issues

affecting the profession. We have advised the

government on issues such as unauthorised

building works, building safety campaigns,

problems of property management, town

planning and development strategies,

construction quality and housing problems. They

are working on amendments to standard forms

of building contract and have issued guidance

notes on floor area measurement methods.

They have an established presence in the

international arenas, overseas connections

and entered into reciprocal agreements with

professional surveying and valuation institutes

in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore,

recognising the counterparts’ members’

qualifications. In addition, HKIS is a member

of various leading international surveying

organisations.

Lower-floor common areas can be converted for

GIC purposes into more elderly care facilities and

venues for activities

Image by Kulanun Chutisemachai/Shutterstock.com

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COMMENTARY

AUTOMATED OFF-SITE

CUT AND BEND

The topic of off-site reinforcement bar (rebar) processing with a high degree of automation

has become more important in the global construction industry, including Southeast Asia.

Hong Kong, however, has not been able to evolve toward automation. In spite of serious safety

issues, severe labour shortage, project overruns/delays and harm to the environment related

to on-site rebar processing, the supply chain remains inefficient and broken in Hong Kong’s

construction industry.

BY AMBROSE LINN

AUTOMATED OFF-SITE CUT

AND BEND

The topic of off-site reinforcement bar (rebar) processing with a high degree of automation has become more

important in the global construction industry, including Southeast Asia. Hong Kong, however, has not been able

to evolve toward automation. In spite of serious safety issues, severe labour shortage, project overruns/delays

and harm to the environment related to on-site rebar processing, the supply chain remains inefficient and

broken in Hong Kong’s construction industry.

BY AMBROSE LINN

Tsing Yi Plant, TVSC Construction Steel Solutions Ltd

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Images courtesy of HKCMA

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COMMENTARY

Image by 279photo Studio/Shutterstock.com

Rebar Cut and Bend Facility at Golik Metal Manufacturing Co., Ltd

Xxxxxxx

One only needs to look at how other countries manage the

construction steel supply chain to see that Hong Kong is long

overdue for a transformational shift toward a more efficient and

automated supply chain.

Hong Kong is one of the most modern cities in

the world—a cosmopolitan metropolis with an

affluent society that rivals the most developed

economies. It is an international finance and

service hub that enjoys a robust economy and

a dynamic free trade centre with the ability to

prosper in today's ever-changing global political

climate.

While Hong Kong leads the world in many

areas, its construction industry has fallen

behind other developed countries as it relates

to safety, supply chain efficiency, labour force

sustainability and timely delivery of projects.

One only needs to look at how other countries

manage the construction steel supply chain

to see that Hong Kong is long overdue for a

transformational shift toward a more efficient

and automated supply chain.

According to a report published by the Hong Kong

Construction Association and the Construction

Industry Group of the British Chamber of

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Commerce in June 2012 titled Hong Kong's

Construction Industry Vision 2020: Building a City,

Building a Society, there is widespread concern

that “numerous issues are not being addressed

with the sense of urgency required”. The report

presented the following points as representative of

a collective industry view regarding Hong Kong’s

construction supply chain:

• Not safe enough

• Not doing enough to build in an energy-efficient

and environmentally responsible manner

• Projects not produced in an efficient manner

• Not productive enough

• No sustainable workforce

• Certain parts of supply chain are being deliberately

protected to the detriment of Hong Kong

A shrinking and ageing labour force has created

intense competition among contractors and fixers

looking for staff to serve projects. Competition

for workers has caused labour costs to increase

sharply, thus necessitating automation and

off-site rebar processing and assembly. The

construction industry records the highest number

of fatalities and accident rate among all industry

sectors. Hong Kong’s high-risk construction

industry recorded 3,723 industrial accidents

in 2015, up 7.4 per cent when compared to

3,467 in 2014. Off-site standard working

procedures and automated equipment provide a

safer working environment. Automated facilities

are proven to reduce the risk of injuries and are

equipped with technology to keep workers safe

and away from heat, rain and dust.

Barriers to automation are primarily caused

by an overly conservative government, an

antiquated testing system and stakeholders

who control bar bending schedules and hold

contractors to consume a package that is priced

to include on-site processing and fixing and

deliberately lacks transparency. Fixers control a

large part of the revenue stream of construction

and would like to continue using slow, unsafe

practices that are labour-intensive and create a

lack of transparency in the supply chain.


Singapore’s similarity to Hong Kong makes

it a great benchmark for what can be

accomplished when government, academia

and business collaborate for the long-term

benefit of society.

Singapore’s similarity to Hong Kong makes it a

great benchmark for what can be accomplished

when government, academia and business

collaborate for the long-term benefit of society.

Singapore’s conversion was effectively planned

and methodically executed over the years

and the process was led by the government.

Singapore realised that on-site processing at

projects with restricted or congested space

was unsafe, inefficient and environmentally

irresponsible. With these pillars, they set out on

a robust conversion journey that focused on

safety, efficiency and cost competitiveness while

adopting automation.

Hong Kong lags behind developed geographies

in the use of automation for construction steel

processing. Hong Kong’s drive toward environmental

responsibility and growing awareness of sustainable

waste management should add relevance to the use

of automation in the construction sector. However,

a robust move toward much needed automation

will require the Hong Kong government’s action

on long-term land availability (pier side), testing

legislation and reasonable supply chain control that

is not cost-prohibitive to potential investors.

Off-site, automated rebar processing is proven

on a global scale. It is time Hong Kong catch

up to its peers and work to move away from

unsafe, environmentally irresponsible and

labour-intensive processes.

It is time Hong Kong catch up to its peers

and work to move away from unsafe,

environmentally irresponsible and labourintensive

processes.

AMBROSE LINN

Chief Executive

Hong Kong Construction Materials

Association

Ambrose Linn is officially appointed as the

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Construction

Materials Association Limited (HKCMA). He acts

as a spokesman for the construction materials

industry and liaison with relevant Hong Kong

Special Administrative Region Government

(HKSARG) departments.

Linn is a veteran in the logistics industry, with over

20 years of experience in integrated demand,

supply, value chain management and air/ocean/

road/multimodal freight forwarding transport

services as well as technology-based and

customer-oriented IT infrastructure, whilst adding

value to the strategic logistics development and

entrepreneurial management of the multinational

LSP companies he has once run.

Automated reinforcement steel processing at TVSC Construction Steel Solutions Ltd

Xxxxxx

Linn is currently an honorary program advisor

for the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council

(VTC) and a member of their Logistics/Supply

Chain Advisory Board. He has also volunteered

to teach at VTC as a part-time senior lecturer in

the related Supply Chain Management (SCM)

discipline. Most recently, he has been invited

to sit on the recruiting board for VTC. Since

2008, Linn has been officially appointed as

a member of the HKSAR Government’s

Logistics Development Council, with the aim

to promote Hong Kong’s logistics industry

and Asia-Pacific air transport hub status. As

recognition of his professionalism, he was

bestowed Fellowship of Chartered Institute of

Logistics & Transport (CILT). Since the start

of 2017, Linn has also been appointed as a

member of the Hong Kong Council for Testing

and Certification services for materials trade

under the Innovation Technology Bureau.

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DFA AWARDS ANNOUNCES

2017 WINNERS

Date: 31 October 2017

Company: Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)

As a hub of creative talents, Hong Kong paves the way for the design industry

and celebrates those who push creative boundaries. This year, the DFA Awards

recognised over 200 creative talents and the most innovative design projects

with the potential to improve the quality and vibrancy of life in Asia through the

creation of globally sustainable ideas.

Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) with Create Hong Kong

of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government as the major

sponsor, the DFA Awards presentation ceremonies will take place on 6 and

8 December 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The

Awards offers a stage to some of the most dedicated talents, encouraging the

growth of the creative industry and providing a platform to establish networks

with designers and business leaders.

The DFA Awards, through its five major award programmes, is highly

recognised among local and international design professionals and experts.

Talents from around the globe have been awarded the following: one DFA

Lifetime Achievement Award, one DFA Design Leadership Award, one DFA

World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer, 186 DFA Design for Asia Awards and

17 DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award.

“The mission of the Hong Kong Design Centre is to celebrate talents and good

designs that improve quality of life, promote social innovation and preserve

cultural heritage. After decade-long efforts, the Awards has become one of

the most prestigious and important awards in the design industry, and we are

delighted to see so many entries that were aimed to address environmental

and sustainability issues. This year, the DFA Design for Asia Awards saw a

15 per cent increase in submissions, while the DFA Hong Kong Young Design

Talent Award received a rise of 9 per cent in submissions,” said Professor Eric

Yim, Chairman of HKDC.

In 2017, it received more than 1,000 entries from over 23 economies, with

the highest entry number from Mainland China and closely followed by Hong

Kong. The judging panel comprising industry leaders and experts recognised

186 design projects for their design excellence, including 16 Grand Awards

and 170 awards from four design disciplines (a total of 26 categories) in

Category Award, while Japan tops the leader board, followed by Mainland

China and Hong Kong.

The DFA Design for Asia Awards is measured by four perspectives, namely,

impact in Asia, overall excellence, use of technology, as well as commercial

and societal success. It also appreciates and celebrates the designs that

embody Asian aesthetics and bring about new design trends.

This year, 17 design practitioners or graduates are awarded. Thirteen out of the

17 awardees will receive a financial sponsorship amount up to HKD500,000

for six-to-twelve-month overseas work attachment or study to further stimulate

Agri-Chapel—created by Momoeda Yu Architecture Office in Japan—won the Gold

Award in the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2017

design thinking and thus contributing to Hong Kong’s ever-expanding creative

industry upon return.

Besides recognising young talents, the DFA Awards also underpins the roles of

designers in society and celebrates design leadership and exemplary design

in Asia. The DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 recognises an individual

who has made life-long contributions to the design profession. The DFA Design

Leadership Award 2017 is presented to a corporate leader who consistently

demonstrates outstanding business performance, as well as supports design

development in the organisation and the international community. Lastly, the

DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer awards a Chinese designer who

has an exceptional track record for quality and success.

DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA)

Yohji Yamamoto (Designer)

DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA)

Adrian Zecha (Non-executive Chairman of General Hotel Management;

Founder of Azerai Hotels; Founder of Amanresorts)

DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer (DFA WOCD)

Alan Chan (Designer, Brand Consultant and Artist; Founder of Alan Chan

Design Company)

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WORLD’S FIRST

METAMATERIAL

SOUND INSULATION

APPLICATION IN HOTEL

MADERA HONG KONG

Date: 27 September 2017

Companies: Acoustic Metamaterials

Group Ltd; Shun Hing Group

Acoustic Metamaterials Group Ltd (AMG) and Shun Hing Group announced

that they joined hands to bring the world’s first metamaterial sound insulation

application to Hotel Madera Hong Kong (Hotel Madera). This new class of

metamaterial is one of the world's most silent Heating, Ventilation and

Air-Conditioning (HVAC) noise control solution that can reduce noise in

conditions through intelligent design and manufacturing where conventional

materials cannot address.

AMG and Shun Hing Group have cooperated to provide Hotel Madera with

a better noise solution for its 24-hour operated air-conditioning via the

installation of the world’s first metamaterial sound insulation. The specially

customised absorption panel reduced the noise level of the 24-hour operated

air-conditioning at Hotel Madera from 83 A-weighted decibels (dBA) to 63dBA

(24 per cent decrease), providing the hotel guests with a tranquil environment.

The implementation showcased the flexibility of metamaterials with industrial

application and one of the many possibilities of the application of metamaterials.

“We are happy to cooperate with Shun Hing Group to make the world’s first

metamaterial sound insulation to be applied in real commercial case in Hotel

Madera Hong Kong,” said Vincent Fong, co-founder of Acoustic Metamaterials

Group. This technology has a strong portfolio of United States pending patent.

Their acoustic metamaterials research has also been well-published in various

world renowned publications including Nature Publishing Group, Science

Magazine, APS Physics and Materials Horizons.

AMG’S BREAKTHROUGH IN METAMATERIALS TECHNOLOGY

AMG developed a new class of multifunctional materials called metamaterials

by using customised complex structure to address noise problems. AMG’s

customised broadband absorption solution can absorb noise in the low

frequency range under limited space, high-temperature environment, or even

high air flow situation by sharping almost any material into a noise absorber.

AMG’s metamaterial technology applies customisation technology with an

environmentally friendly material for a silent and durable sound enclosure.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AT SHUN HING GROUP

As an installation team in this project, Shun Hing Engineering Contracting

Co., Ltd., the member company of Shun Hing Group provided professional

guidance on project planning and component design in this installation to fulfil

requirements in limited space and within a tight working period. The team

experienced the advantages of metamaterials, such as shortened on-site

Vincent Fong, Co-founder of Acoustics Metamaterials Group Ltd

working time and easy assembly. With the module insulation panel design and

prefabricated structural frame, the material can be installed more accurately

and easily when compared with other conventional materials.

FULFILLING THE VENTILATION REQUIREMENT IN MACHINERY

Ventilation is a requirement for all machinery in order to reduce heat. Traditional

acoustic material works only by blocking the trajectory of sounds, thereby

blocking the heat. The metamaterial resonators can absorb sounds beyond

geometric scale like black holes, which enables metamaterials to be designed

and produced to absorb noise from the side, while maintaining adequate air

flow.

The replacement of sponge and rock wool as sound insulator brings the benefit

of easy maintenance and less health risk due to the less moisture absorbent

nature of AMC metamaterial Polycarbonate (PC) as sound insulator.

HUGE MARKET POTENTIAL ACROSS THE GLOBE

This acoustic solution can be applied to various chiller plants in the world.

The sound insulation modules can also be tailor-made and applied in various

industries such as construction, engineering contracting, consumer electronics

and aviation. With reasonable manufacturing cost, exponential growth in the

sales of sound insulation solutions is predicted in the coming year through

the partnership with Shun Hing Group. This technology was awarded the Gold

Medal in the 45 th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, which was

held from 29 March to 2 April 2017.

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NEWS & EVENTS

THE LIGHTING BIBLE 12

PRODUCT LAUNCH EVENT

Date: 19 September 2017

Companies: Zodiac Lighting Limited and

Delta Light

The Lighting Bible 12 Product Launch Event was held on 19 September 2017

at the Annex, and attracted over 200 participants, including architects, interior

designers, property developers and media.

Zodiac Lighting and Delta Light started the partnership since 1997, and for

the past two decades, the collaboration among them is outstanding. As Delta

Light’s exclusive distributor in Hong Kong, Zodiac Lighting was selected to

host the first The Lighting Bible 12 Product Launch Event in the Asia-Pacific.

From left to right: Amanda, Delta Light Headquarters Representative; Tommaso,

Delta Light Headquarters Area Manager in Asia; and Albert Wong, Executive Director

of Zodiac Lighting

More than 30 Delta Light’s latest lighting design products were exhibited

during the event. Some of the lighting products are not officially available

in Asia, but Zodiac arranged for these cutting-edge products to be shipped

from Belgium for designers to experience the lighting effect created by Delta

Light’s products. Tommaso, Delta Light Headquarters Representative and Area

Manager in Asia, also came to Hong Kong and presented The Lighting Bible

12 products’ design concepts and features to participants.

Over the last 23 years, creativity has become a part of Delta Light’s DNA. Delta

Light is known for its smart design: timeless, sophisticated, functional lighting

solutions that use advanced technology and design. The Lighting Bible has

also grown to become a reference book in the lighting business and a tool of

inspiration for both professionals and end users.

The exhibition was divided into different exhibition areas, with one of the exhibition

areas showcasing the METRONOME—the signature lighting display at MOKO

shopping mall

Zodiac Lighting’s representatives introducing the product characteristics from a professional perspective

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OPENING OF

CHONGQING IFS

Date: 15 September 2017

Company: The Wharf (Holdings) Limited

The Wharf (Holdings) Limited (Wharf) announced the opening of

Chongqing International Finance Square (IFS) on 15 September 2017,

following the successful launch of Chengdu IFS and Wuxi IFS. It signifies

the group’s commitment to China and continued expansion of its

portfolio through the development of a series of IFS projects.

Prominently located in Jiangbei District, Chongqing’s new Central

Business District (CBD), Chongqing IFS is a massive mixed-use complex

in the district jointly developed by Wharf and China Overseas Land &

Investment Limited (COLI). The development, with a total gross floor

area of 660,000 square metres, is acclaimed as a resemblance

of Harbour City in style with an iconic 300-metre landmark tower, a

114,000-square-metre retail mall and four towers atop, covering Grade

A offices and the highest luxury sky hotel, Niccolo Chongqing.

Currently, over 90 per cent of the retail floor plates at the three-level mall

are leased and under offer to key anchors and various major tenants.

The coveted destination is the first in the city to assemble an ample

and comprehensive collection of more than 170 retailers, including 80

renowned global brands, of which 20 are debuts in Chongqing.

In addition, Niccolo Chongqing—the second Niccolo hotel in China under

Wharf Hotels and also the city’s highest sky hotel occupying the top 10

floors of the new 62-floor Chongqing IFS Tower 1—offers their guests

unrivalled vistas of Chongqing’s spectacular landscape and merging

mountains, skyline and dramatic confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing

rivers.

An opening ceremony for Chongqing IFS was held and officiated by

senior management of the Wharf Group and COLI, including Andrew

Chow, Deputy Chairman of Wharf; Doreen Lee, Vice Chairman of

Wharf; Kevin Chan, Director of Wharf; Christina Hau, General Manager

(Operations) of Wharf China Estates Limited; Yan Jianguo, Chairman of

COLI; Zhang Yi, Vice President of COLI; Guo Yong, Vice President of

COLI; and Jiang Xiaozhou, General Manager of COLI (Chongqing).

At the opening ceremony, Doreen Lee, Vice Chairman of Wharf, said,

“Chongqing IFS is the city’s new landmark of luxury shopping, dining,

entertainment and lifestyle, bringing unprecedented shopping and

entertainment experience to customers. It is poised to be an iconic

retail destination offering an exceptional one-stop lifestyle experience in

Chongqing and China West.”

Officiating guests at Niccolo Chongqing Opening Ceremony

From left to right: Guo Yong, General Manager, COLI; Giorgio Olivotti, General Manager, Niccolo Chongqing; Dr Jennifer Cronin, President, Wharf Hotels; and Zeng Xiao Yang,

Financial Controller, COLI Real Estate Group Chongqing Branch

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NEWS & EVENTS

NEXTGEN SERVER ROOM

TECHNOLOGY FOR NEW

OFFICE SETUP: PFM

Date: 8 September 2017

Company: Mega Power Technology Group

Co-organised with Vertiv, Mega Power Technology Group (MPT) successfully

held its latest EMERSON SMART Solutions Workshop on 8 September 2017

at the MPT Demo & Training Center (DTC), which is located at Tsuen Wan,

Hong Kong.

Targeted to showcase to IT management teams of corporate enterprises, the

event was kick-started with a welcome speech by a Vertiv representative, while

an MPT technician introduced the latest server room architecture: prefabricated

modular (PFM) technology with live demonstration on both hardware and

intelligent infrastructure management tools, in order to help corporates to apply

a highly effective and investment protective method for their server rooms in

the future.

“In the corporate world, designing and building a new server room during

a new office setup or office relocation is always a key challenge for interior

design and construction because IT is concerned with not only space utilisation

or price performance, but also reliability and manageability. EMERSON SMART

Solutions, which is the most advanced PFM server room solution that truly

integrates key management components of the server room: power, thermal

Barry Lam, Chief Solution Consultant of MPT; and Tim Tong, Sales Director of MPT

and environmental monitoring into a minimum one rack bundled with

professional management software to enhance IT management efficiency.

Thus, such technology will be increasingly popular and chosen in future office

relocation projects,” said Barry Lam, Chief Solution Consultant of MPT.

Tim Tong, Sales Director of MPT, said, “PFM Technology also brings benefit to

management in terms of total cost of ownership. Not only due to the rental cost

saving of server room footprint reduction after deployment of PFM, but also the

investment protection brought by PFM—flexibility to move and change, which

is especially beneficial to corporates in the Hong Kong business environment

with more frequent office relocation projects.”

The next PFM workshop was held on 7 November 2017 at Mira Hotel in Tsim

Sha Tsui, which was attended by interior designers and related partners.

EMERSON SMART Solutions Workshop

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RTI AND MINDSTEC

COMMITTED TO STRATEGIC

PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST

GLOBAL FOOTPRINTS

Date: 4 September 2017

Companies: Remote Technologies Inc. and

Mindstec Asia Ltd.

Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) and Mindstec announced their strategic

partnership to the public at the RTI and Mindstec Strategic Partnership Signing

Ceremony held on 4 September at Mindstec’s showroom in Hong Kong. Over

35 guests and Toby Chan, the hosting emcee who was Miss Hong Kong

2010, participated in this memorable ceremony to witness and celebrate such

a significant moment for RTI and Mindstec.

RTI and Mindstec started working closely with each other since this year.

Mindstec’s vast network of worldwide partners and dealers has been helping

RTI’s products to enter the global market, while RTI’s training centres set

up in various Mindstec’s regional offices allow customers to experience

the functions of RTI systems through real operation. The two companies

also participated in many international trade fairs—including InfoComm

China in April, InfoComm Brazil in May, Retail Asia Expo 2017 in June,

MediaTech Africa in July—to boost global exposure of RTI central control

and automation systems. This series of promotional campaigns carried out

by Mindstec successfully promoted RTI in different corners of the world.

To further strengthen their partnership, the Strategic Partnership Signing

Ceremony was concluded with blessings from various business partners and

mass media in Hong Kong.

“As a specialist in central control and automation systems, RTI’s fully

customisable control systems help us outshine our competition in the market.

Users can customise the user interface of the control panel based on their

needs, giving them truly personalised smart living,” said Gregory Revell,

Director of International Business of RTI.

“Smart home and smart office are obviously leading trends with more and

more real-life applications, creating immense business opportunities of control

and automation technology. Mindstec looks forward to working closely with

RTI to promote their intelligent control systems to our worldwide customers,

enabling them to live intelligently with the advantage of controlling whatever

they want,” said Johnny Wong, Mindstec’s General Manager (North East Asia).

Revell and Wong signed a partnership agreement to make a mutual

commitment to continue cooperating with each other’s full support. Apart from

the signing ceremony, a product demo tour was also hosted by Revell and

Mindstec’s sales representative, Benny Yu. Guests not only had the chance

of understanding more about RTI’s control systems, but also getting to know

the signal management system developed by another brand distributed by

Mindstec, MTC. The system integration of the two brands impressed guests

and showcased the wide application of both systems.

Gregory Revell, RTI’s Director of International Business (left) and Johnny Wong,

Mindstec’s General Manager of North East Asia Region (right) signing a Strategic

Partnership Agreement on behalf of RTI and Mindstec

Gregory Revell introducing RTI central control systems to the guests

RTI’s central control and automation systems enable one-stop wireless

control over multiple electronics including air-conditioners, lightings, curtains,

audiovisual systems, security systems or any electronics as required by users.

Everything can be under control simply at users’ fingertips via wall-mounted

or tabletop touch panels, or smart devices. RTI control systems are widely

applicable to any residential, commercial or hospitality environment, or luxury

yachts. To let guests understand such an outstanding feature of RTI products,

Mindstec prepared some products that imitated an RTI touch panel and an

iPad with RTI Control App installed, enabling guests to experience how flexible

an RTI touch panel could be.

Mindstec will keep utilising its international business network to introduce

RTI’s products into more potential markets, while RTI will continue to develop

distinctive advanced systems to fulfil varying market demands.

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NEWS & EVENTS

14 TH GUANGZHOU

ELECTRICAL BUILDING

TECHNOLOGY

Dates: 9–12 June 2017

Company: Messe Frankfurt

The 14 th edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT)

ended on a positive note. The four-day fair, held from 9 to 12 June at the

China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, once again received

overwhelming industry acclaim. Running concurrently with the Guangzhou

International Lighting Exhibition, the show hosted 185 exhibitors and

welcomed 156,898 visitors from 134 countries and regions, representing

an 8 per cent increase from last year.

Seminar

Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co

Ltd, commented: “The show concluded with resounding success. I would

like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the industry players for their support

over the past 14 years. GEBT strives to keep abreast with the continuously

evolving market when staging the latest building electrical, intelligent building

and smart home solutions. The fair attendees were rewarded with exceptional

opportunities to expand their market reach. A series of interactive forums

and seminars delivered business insights and fostered mutual exchanges

of expertise. This reaffirms the fair’s significance as a must-attend event in

Southern China to tap into profitable opportunities.”

UNRELENTING INNOVATION FULFILS SOURCING DEMANDS

In response to the changing landscape of the industry, GEBT facilitates the

development of international standards and enhances communication and

integration among different systems. The show gathers notable intelligent

building and smart home organisations to unveil a collection of exciting new

technologies.

Founded over 10 years ago, Zigbee Alliance focuses on developing lowpower,

low data rate wireless standards for smart homes. It is the fifth time

that Zigbee Alliance has organised a seminar at GEBT. Dr Wilma Su, Chair,

Zigbee Member Group China, expressed: “A lot of smart home manufacturers

have adopted Zigbee technology. Most of them are the target clients of

upstream industries. The show drew interest from a considerable number

of professional visitors from various disciplines, including but not limited to

product development, marketing and distribution. GEBT has become a part

of our annual budget plan.”

Being a sixth-time exhibitor, EnOcean Alliance specialises in intelligent

building, smart home, wireless sensors and switches. Graham Martin,

Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance acknowledged the importance of

the show: “This year, we introduced a new concept called cognitive buildings,

also known as self-learning buildings. GEBT is a great trade show in which

we have participated for the past six years. This year, the visitor flow was

once again very satisfying. The fair is important to the smart home, lighting

and commercial building industries. I believe sensors and cloud solutions will

play an important role in the future.”

Business interaction

First-time exhibitor, Shenzhen Power2control Smart Tech Co Ltd displayed

its Super Switch at GEBT. Haven Li, General Manager, was impressed with

the outcome of the show: “We made use of P2C to connect all switches with

power lines. The Super Switch inherits the advantages of traditional switches

and takes a big step towards intelligent solutions. The development of the

smart home industry is beyond my expectations. GEBT has established itself

as one of the most influential platforms in the industry.”

Gaurav Trigunayak, Assistant General Manager, Havells India Ltd, visited

the show for the 10 th time. “I met more than 10 potential suppliers and

above all the fair was very informative. The advanced technologies presented

here divulged an array of forecasts for the industry. As the smart concept is

becoming more prevalent in India, I come to China once every three months

to keep track of upcoming trends and I will definitely be returning to GEBT

next year.”

CONCURRENT EVENTS FACILITATE EXCHANGE OF MARKET

INTELLIGENCE

Hot topics of the concurrent events included overseas intelligent building and

smart home standards, smart home development, smart hotel technologies,

intelligent real estate technologies, smart city and smart community among

others. The seminars and conferences were highly regarded for their added

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The 14 th edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT) was held from 9 to 12 June 2017 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou

value as a learning and networking platform.

The Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration and Design Association

co-organised the Summit on Innovative Intelligent Building Technology Driven

by Smart Cities 2017. Xiao Jianping, SAC/TC426 Commissioner of the

association said: “GEBT is an all-inclusive fair. Smart city covers different

dimensions of the industry. I witnessed the rapid development of intelligent

building. The exhibition provided eye-opening experiences to industry

professionals by presenting core competencies, national standards as well as

research and development. I look forward to future editions of GEBT.”

The Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology show, along with the

concurrently held Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, is headed by

the biennial Light + Building event. The next edition of Light + Building will

take place from 18 to 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Messe Frankfurt also offers a series of other light and building technology

events worldwide, including the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology

(SIBT), Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) and Shanghai International

Lighting Fair (SILF). Additionally, light and building fairs are also hosted in

Argentina, India, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

For more information on Light + Building shows worldwide, please visit www.

light-building.com/brand. The next edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building

Technology is scheduled to take place once again from 9 to 12 June 2018

at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Upcoming Event

THE FIRST ART

EXHIBITION TO EXPLORE

URBANISATION IN CHINA

Date: 15 December 2017

Company: Bi-City Biennale of

Urbanism\Architecture

The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) will be held in Shenzhen,

China for its 7 th edition on 15 December 2017. It is the only exhibition in the

world to explore issues of urbanisation and architectural development within

China and around the world, creating a distinctive experience for its audience.

Since its first exhibition in 2005, UABB has since organised 930 exhibits with

over 1 million visitors globally. Last year’s edition was a huge success, seeing

over 250,000 visitors over the four-month-long exhibition.

This year, UABB embarks on a new journey, holding its first-ever art exhibition,

directed by co-curator Hou Hanru, and opening new grounds in the art

design world. The theme, Cities, Grow in Difference, will explore the future

development of urban villages and their place among the rapidly developing

cities of China, while communicating an understanding of coexistence. UABB

2017 is not only shedding light on urbanisation, but also championing a new

social cause—improving the lives of people living in urban villages while

preserving its essence.

UABB 2017 will be held at Nantou Old Town in Nanshan district, an urban

village that was once the administrative centre of Bao'An County. The main

exhibition will span across the whole Shenzhen city and include three subvenues

in order to accommodate an event of its magnitude.

The curators for this year’s UABB are qualified experts who are working to

deliver an exceptional experience for the biennale:

• Hou Hanru, renowned curator based in Paris, Rome and San Francisco,

has curated/co-curated over 100 exhibitions and advised in art institutions

around the world

• Liu Xiaodu, co-founder and principal of Urbanus Architecture & Design Inc.,

has participated in numerous architectural exhibitions, including the China

Pavilion of 2016 London Biennale

• Meng Yan, principal and co-founder of Urbanus Architecture & Design Inc., was

appointed chief curator of the Shenzhen Pavilion in the 2010 Shanghai Expo

Past editions of UABB featured acclaimed exhibitors, Dutch Architectural Photographer

Iwan Baan, and Yung Ho Chang. Other organisations that have participated are the

Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Past curator Ole

Bouman has since taken on the mantle of founding director of Shekou and stayed on

in Shenzhen after curating in 2015, while Yung Ho Chang, the father of architecture in

China, is set to make another appearance at UABB 2017.

This year, UABB 2017 looks forward to seeing notable names from all over

the world, such as Pierre Huyghe, MVRDV, Rob Voerman and John Lin, who

are architects and artists well-known for expanding the boundaries of their

respective fields.

UABB 2017 will be held at Nantou Old Town in Nanshan District

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PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES

COELUX: EXPERIENCE THE SKY

CoeLux ST, a series that has more compact dimensions and is dimmable, was showcased at Euroluce –

International Lighting Exhibition 2017.

The system uses LED technology and

nanotechnology to reproduce the effect of warm

sunlight with the blue and diffused light of the sky

The dimmerability allows the light to vary

in the same way as sunlight

Different scenarios can be

created to reproduce the

light environment

Images courtesy of

B.S.C. Colourliving

Limited

After the launch of high-end models (CoeLux 45 HC, CoeLux

45 LC, CoeLux SQUARE and CoeLux 60) in 2014, CoeLux was

showcased at the International Lighting Exhibition 2017 with the

new generation CoeLux ST (Sky Tales) available in three versions—

CoeLux ST NAOS, CoeLux ST TIVANO and CoeLux ST IBLA—which

are dimmable and DALI compatible. The line CoeLux ST has more

compact dimensions to better adapt to the different application

contexts and proposes a mediated, rather than direct, vision of

the sun and sky. Compared to the previous generation, CoeLux ST

does not allow one to directly see the solar disk. The sun rays reach

the eye after being reflected, diffused, refracted and diffracted by

the various louvres available.

The dimmerability of the CoeLux ST systems allows the light to vary

in the same way as sunlight. Different scenarios can be created to

reproduce the light environment in the entire course of the day: from

morning to night, and afternoon to evening.

Using LED technology and nanotechnology, these revolutionary

lighting systems reproduce the beneficial effect of warm sunlight with

the blue and diffused light of the sky, recreating indoor lights, shapes

and volumes that are typical of the outdoors for a new dimension

of architectural space. The sensorial and emotional experience of

the CoeLux technology avoids interrupting the natural dialogue with

the sun, even in blind or hypogeal environments, and under adverse

weather conditions.

CoeLux ST is available with three different louvres: NAOS, TIVANO and

IBLA.

NAOS

In the architecture of ancient Greece, Naos (“cell” in Greek) was the

most sacred and inner part of the temples—the place of the statue

of the divinity—surrounded by perimetric columns that filtered and

modelled the rays of the sun during the day, so as to give a musical

rhythm to the space.

CoeLux ST NAOS—available in two variations—is inspired by this,

creating an artificial window composed of several glimpses of the sky,

each one containing its own cell of light. Like the columns of the temple,

the sun rays strike the surface, enlightening it occasionally and resulting

in irregular but parallel shadows, which gives the idea of an infinite space.

TIVANO

Tivano—from the French petit vent—is the breeze that ripples the

waters of the Lake of Como in the early hours of the day, cleaning

the air and bestowing the iconic beauty that makes it one of the most

fascinating and magical places in the world.

CoeLux ST TIVANO—also available in two variations—creates

a fragmented picture of sunlight. It is characterised to keep the

components of the sun and sky separate in the reverberation process.

In this way, the environments are rich in contrasts of colours and

brightness that mimic natural light, giving depth and perspective to

the space.

IBLA

Ibla is one of the two districts that form the historical centre of

Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage City. In the heat of summer, the

walls and roofs of the buildings and churches of the neighbourhood

reflect the sunlight that seems to be even hotter due to the white

amber colour of the local stone, while the narrow passages between

the streets let the refreshing blue of the sky enter. CoeLux ST IBLA

is inspired by this, creating the effect of an opening directed towards

the sky. Similar to the model NAOS, the contrast between sun and sky

remains inside the well of light in IBLA, creating a uniform illumination

in the environment.

CoeLux systems promote well-being and environmental comfort

in every place and under any weather condition. They bring the

benefits of sunlight illumination in blind or hypogeal environments,

as well as in offices, shops, airports, shopping malls, hotels, wellness

centres, museums, homes and hospital rooms with nuclear diagnostic

apparatuses.

B.S.C. Colourliving Limited

Tel: (852)2295 6263

Fax: (852)2510 0408

Email: info@colourliving.com

Websites: www.coelux.com; www.colourliving.com

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PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES

VIRUSGUARD

VirusGuard is an ultra-premium environmentally friendly bio-proof

paint that promotes good hygiene and health. This product is specially

formulated to have anti-virus performance, which may work effectively

against the influenza A (H1N1) virus that causes swine flu and

Coxsackievirus A16 that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease (HMFD).

It also works effectively against many types of bacteria such as E. coli,

MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus. It is a near-zero volatile organic

compounds (VOC) paint that is also ammonia-free and non-toxic—it

does not contain heavy metals such as lead and mercury, as certified by

the Singapore Green Label Scheme.

This paint is highly recommended for use in the interiors of childcare

centres, kindergartens, clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities.

For more information, please contact the Project Development

Team:

Nippon Paint (H.K.) Co., Ltd

Tel: 2699 9333

Email: project@nipponpaint.com.hk

Website: www.nipponpaint.com.hk

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PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES

MULITIGIPS R48 RADIATION PROTECTION

GYPSUM BLOCK

Most suitable for use in hospital and clinic projects

The MultiGips R48 gypsum block is light, lead-free and easy to install

Specially formulated for radiation protection

The German-made MultiGips R48 radiation protection gypsum block

is specially formulated for radiation protection. It is most suitable for

use in hospital and clinical projects.

Compared to other methods of construction with a combination

of masonry and lead or studded drywall partition with lad infill, the

MultiGips R48 gypsum block is lighter, lead-free, more economical and

easier to install.

Advantages of using MultiGips R48 (with baryte) in hospital

construction:

• Ease of installation using unitised components

• Lead-free (non-toxic)

• Possible to sustain heavy bracketry at any position

• Hygienic due to surface smoothness

• Recyclable

• Good sound insulation

• Fire resistance

• Cost- and time-saving (only skim plastering coat required for

surface preparation)

• Less wet trade and disposal

FUNCTIONS

The MultiGips R48 radiation protection gypsum block is particularly suitable

for providing radiation protection for imaging methods based on ionising

radiation, which are widely used in diagnostic medicine: radiography,

computed tomography, mammography and gamma cameras.

MEASUREMENT

The shielding effect of the wall is measured using lead equivalence.

The test performed by an independent laboratory showed that the

MultiGips R48 gypsum block provides optimum protection in fulfilling

the regulation requirement in radiation shielding.

INNOVATION

Traditional solutions for radiation protection walls are either based on

lead foils or extremely thick and heavy solid materials such as clay

brick wall, or in combination with lead material that could be toxic.

The lead-free MultiGips R48 gypsum blocks, on the other hand, provide

radiation protection with comparatively lighter unitised components

that are only 100 millimetres thick with the inclusion of baryte.

Project reference:

Stuttgart Hospital (Germany)

Dr. Smile Dentistry (Hong Kong)

Sole distributor:

Kwan Tai Engineering Co., Ltd.

Room 806, 8/F., Eastern Centre, 1065 King’s Road, Quarry Bay,

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2541 8090

Fax: +852 2854 1182

Email: info@kwantaieng.com

Website: www.kwantaieng.com

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PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES

MEGAMAN LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCTS AT THE

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING FAIR

2017 (AUTUMN EDITION)

Without batwing distributions, there would be glare directly above or

below the light fixture.

MARCO INTEGRATED LED TRACKLIGHT COMBINES

AESTHETICS WITH EXCELLENT FUNCTIONALITY

MEGAMAN has expanded its portfolio of LED luminaires with the robust

and versatile MARCO integrated LED tracklight. The new addition

incorporates Hybrid Reflector Technology to offer superb beam control

quality and creates a pleasurable customer experience, which is

absolutely critical to retail environment.

Available in high lumen (lm) packages from 1,000 to 5,000 lm,

the MARCO integrated LED tracklight offers high luminous efficacy,

serving up to 50,000 hours of operating hours. Made with aluminium

in white, silver and black colour options, the new series has a minimal

yet sleek design in cylindrical hosing that houses a built-in driver. With

an adjustable arm, MARCO allows 330° rotation and ±90° tilt angle,

which are favourable for multidirectional lighting. Precise beam control

can be achieved to create the most desirable highlighting effects for

products, exhibits or displays.

MEGAMAN’s booth at the venue

SIMPLISTIC GABIO LED PENDANT LOUVRE SERIES

MEGAMAN, one of the global LED manufacturers in the lighting

industry, introduced the GABIO LED Pendant Louvre series at The Hong

Kong International Lighting Fair 2017 (Autumn Edition) from 27 to

30 October 2017. The brand-new generation of aluminium linear LED

pendant is set to create a new trend for office and commercial task

lighting with its sleek and energy-saving design.

The GABIO LED Pendant Louvre series is where minimalist design

and advanced optical technology converges. Its suspended task

lighting structure is lauded for its subtly-chic beauty, yet equipped with

sophisticated optical distribution. This fits well into any minimalist and

contemporary interior design for offices, classrooms, hotel reception

and other commercial spaces. With a versatile design, they can be

connected with one another into various patterns to meet diverse

requirements.

An anodised aluminium finishing and high-grade louvre, the GABIO

LED Pendant Louvre series has a low glare rating (Unified Glare Rating,

UGR≤19), which means the observers will be less disturbed by the

glare, ensuring high level of visual comfort.

The GABIO LED Pendant Louvre series can be mounted as recessed,

surface-mounted and suspension lighting. Its wide batwing light

distribution and wide beam angle are the features highly sought-after

by lighting designers to ensure stable and uniform distribution of light.

Colour quality has always been the key in retail lighting. Equipped with

an Ultra RichColour option, the MARCO series delivers a superb colour

rendering of up to Ra97 to optimise both the hue and saturation of

colours, achieving a faithful colour rendering and consistency for retail

applications.

The MARCO integrated LED tracklight offers a wide choice of beam angles

ranging from 12°, 15°, 24°, 36° to 45°, making it ideal for accent and

ambient lighting in retail and hospitality spaces. Incorporated with the Hybrid

Reflector Technology, the MARCO series could deliver enhanced beam

control, efficacy and excellent optics. This innovative technology combines

the best features of the facetted reflector range with the total internal

reflection of its optical reflector to provide a solution that performs even

better than competing LED technologies.

Optional accessories of spread/rectangular lens, honeycomb louvre,

barn doors and coloured filters are also available for improved glare

control. The result is soft, balanced light with minimal glare and visually

comfortable spaces that reduce eye fatigue.

Offering exceptional flexibility in application and design, the MARCO

integrated LED tracklight transforms retail spaces where broad

spectrum lighting, precise beam control and soft visual balance are

most important. The MARCO series is specifically ideal for applications

such as shop lighting, hotels, showrooms, restaurants and museums.

ESTELA RECESSED LED LOUVRE PANELS – IDEAL REPLACEMENT

FOR T5 AND T8 FLUORESCENT LOUVRE FITTINGS

MEGAMAN has launched its new generation of ESTELA recessed

LED louvre panels to replace traditional 3x24W T5 and 3x18W T8

fluorescent louvre fittings with higher lumen efficacy and better energy

efficiency. The 90° beam angle means it is an ideal solution for uniform

lighting that seamlessly blends into any commercial and public-sector

buildings.

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With a distinctive and contemporary design, the ESTELA series is

available in a 30W square or rectangular version. It is lightweight

and facilitates easy installation, yet the I-beam design ensures it is a

robust option. Mountable on exposed and concealed T-bar ceilings,

the recessed LED louvre panels feature an integrated switched version

or external DALI dimming driver version, making it ideal for retrofit

scenarios.

With MEGAMAN’s technology and know-how in low energy lighting,

the ESTELA series provides superb performance of lumen efficacy up

to 130 lm/W and rated life of 50,000 hours. It is an optimal solution

of recessed lighting that combines modern design and best user

experience for everyday use.

GABIO LED Pendant Louvre series

INGENIUM ZB SMART LIGHTING SOLUTION WORKS WITH

AMAZON ALEXA

As a lighting system expert, MEGAMAN’s smart lighting solution

allows users to enjoy a new level of home automation in terms of

convenience, energy saving and security. Always getting smarter and

adding new features, the brand new INGENIUM ZB Smart Lighting

Solution now works with Amazon Alexa voice commands. Users can

simply use mobile devices or Alexa to control all smart devices of

connected homes or commercial spaces.

The INGENIUM ZB Smart Lighting Solution enables automated control

and scene-setting of smart devices via a mobile device, allowing

different settings to be programmed according to the time schedule

of a day. Control commands are transmitted via ZigBee equipped

gateway to the Internet. The advanced functionality of Alexa voice

commands enables the user to simply tell the lights to turn on/off,

dim and activate the scenes without using the mobile app.

The extensive product range of the INGENIUM ZB Smart Lighting

Solution includes Gateway, LED Classic, LED Candle and TECOH THx

LED Light Engine, Dimming Modules, Mains Switching Modules, Remote

Controllers, Energy Measuring Smart Socket Adaptors and Assorted

Sensors. Wireless control of INGENIUM ZB enabled LED bulbs and

other smart devices can be gained from anywhere, individually or in

groups, all from the app or Alexa voice commands. It works with its own

INGENIUM ZB gateway or other ZigBee equipped super-gateways. The

INGENIUM ZB Smart Lighting Solution also allows for the connection of

150 devices by utilising ZigBee 3.0 technology.

Designed for control of conventional LED light bulbs and luminaires, the

INGENIUM ZB Dimming Module offers 150W and 250W versions, and

in particular, can be attached to the Dimmable LEDs for instant smart

home control and seamless dimming. The Mains Switching Module is

also available for on/off lighting. When the mobile app is not in use,

the Remote Controllers with handheld and wall-mounted options are

another good way to control the devices.

With the Smart Socket Adaptor and multipurpose Sensors, a

connected home or office can be built with one-touch control of home

appliances—such as table lamp, heater, electronics, fan, television,

etc.—via smart devices or remote controllers.

• Smart Socket Adaptor: Provides on/off power control, as well as

coordinated operation with other devices through grouping and

preset on/off scheduling. The user can also check energy usage

from the adaptor output.

• PIR Sensor: A rule can be preset to detect human motion to turn

on the lighting or other smart devices to achieve greater energy

and cost savings. For example, turning on the bathroom lighting

and ventilation fan automatically when someone is inside.

INGENIUM ZB Smart Lighting Solution

• Magnetic On/Off Sensor: It works like a door or window sensor,

and can also be installed inside a drawer or a cabinet to give an

alarm when it is being tempered with. A rule can be set to turn on

specific lights or an alarm device for security purposes.

The INGENIUM ZB is the ultimate smart control solution for stylish living

at home, offices, retail stores and other scalable spaces. Its ease of use,

simple installation and scalability makes it ideal for an endless list of

creative and eco-friendly applications.

This intelligent application was showcased at MEGAMAN’s stand at the

Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), where visitors

could control off/on, dimming, set timer, or set different scenes or

moods at their fingertips by simply touching the app or Alexa voice.

The INGENIUM ZB app is now available for free download on both

Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

ABOUT MEGAMAN

MEGAMAN is a global brand in high-performance, energy-efficient

lighting and an innovative leader in the use of LED with design and

technology that targets the best eco-lighting solutions. The firm’s

products are widely distributed throughout the world, including Europe,

Asia-Pacific, Middle East, North America and Latin America, covering

more than 90 countries. By setting environmental management as one

of the company’s highest priorities, MEGAMAN is focusing on ecofriendly

environmental processes from initial design, to manufacturing,

research and development, and the disposal or recycling of its products.

For further information, please contact Wendy Lam:

Neonlite Electronic & Lighting (HK) Ltd. – MEGAMAN

Tel: + 852 2378 0074

Fax: +852 2758 5957

Email: wendylam@neonlite.com.hk

Website: www.megaman.cc

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

REX WONG

Rex Wong is President of American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Chapter (AIA HK),

Managing Director of Yan Concept and Noble House Development, as well as Executive

Director & Deputy CEO of Kum Shing Group.

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In keeping with the spirit of pioneering, Rex Wong used his extensive experience to develop the

villa project of Noble House

All images courtesy of AIA HK

While the basic professional education, training and

examination requirements to become an architect are similar in

the US and Hong Kong, professional registration and practice

are quite different.

Rex Wong has extensive experience in project management,

property development, architectural practice and corporate

management. He holds Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of

Fine Arts degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of

Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia

University, and is a Registered Architect in the United States (US).

He is also recognised as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the US Green

Building Council and Building Environmental Assessment Method

Professional (BEAM Pro) by the Hong Kong Green Building Council.

Wong joined Kum Shing Group, Hong Kong's power and energy

infrastructure builder, as Project Manager in 2008. He led the

group's business development in the Mainland since 2009 and

was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2015. He is also

executive director of the various subsidiaries and third-generation

operator of the family-owned business group. In recognition of

his success and contribution to the City of Dongguan, he was

honoured as an Outstanding Young Entrepreneur in 2014 and

Honorary Citizen in 2016.

In addition to his professional life, Wong serves on several

government boards and committees and is actively involved

with community services at the local and regional levels. He is

currently the President of the American Institute of Architects

Hong Kong Chapter (AIA HK), Council Member of the Hong

Kong Construction Association and Examiner of the Hong Kong

Management Association Quality Award. He is also a Member

of Hong Kong Government's Antiquities Advisory Board, Appeal

Panel (Housing) and Chairperson of the Construction Workers

Qualifications Board.

Wong served as a Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit

of Hong Kong Government during 2011 and 2012, and is

currently a Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative

Conference’s Guangzhou Committee and Vice Chairman of

the Shanxi Youth Federation. He is also frequently involved in

academia as a guest lecturer for universities in Hong Kong, Taiwan

and Mainland China.

What are the major differences between the architecture

industries in the US and Hong Kong?

While the basic professional education, training and examination

requirements to become an architect are similar in the US and Hong

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Rex Wong led the Kum Shing Group's business development in the Mainland since 2009 and founded the Noble House Development. In October 2017, Noble House unveiled its

first residential project in Pearl River Delta.

The mission of AIA Hong Kong is to uphold a high standard

of design, education and professional practice among its

members, as well as to promote the importance of architecture

in society.

Kong, professional registration and practice are quite different. In

Hong Kong, if a registered architect wants to ‘stamp’ or ‘sign-off’

on construction documents to be submitted to the government, he

or she will have to take an additional examination to acquire the

qualification as an Authorized Person. In the US, upon becoming a

registered architect in any jurisdiction, such as a state, the architect

can automatically perform the same functions. There are more than

50 jurisdictions in the US and each has different requirements for

acquiring registration.

Also, the US consists of large amount of territories on the main

continent and overseas. Architects practising in different regions are

exposed to a wide range of climatic and geographical conditions.

For example, an architecture firm with offices and projects in New

York, California and Florida will require experiences in dealing with

snow, earthquakes and hurricanes. While Hong Kong only has

limited territories and conditions, local architecture firms are keen

to expand their professional services to overseas, especially with

China’s Belt and Road Initiative. As the target countries span a

tremendous amount of geographical areas and projects, there are

certainly potential areas of collaboration for US and Hong Kong

architects to work together.

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What are the roles of AIA in Hong Kong’s architecture

industry?

AIA Hong Kong is one of the more than 300 components of AIA

and its first outpost in the Asia-Pacific established 20 years ago.

The mission of AIA Hong Kong is to uphold a high standard of

design, education and professional practice among its members,

as well as to promote the importance of architecture in society. In

addition, AIA Hong Kong helps to foster stronger ties between AIA

and other professional architectural organisations in Asia, such as

the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architectural

Society of China (ASC), among others.

Every year, we have carefully curated a series of programmes according

to our mission and have attracted not only our members, but also

those in Hong Kong’s architecture industry and related stakeholders

to attend. Also, our annual Honours and Awards programme aims to

promote our members’ contribution to the local built environment

through recognising their design excellence. In addition, AIA Hong

Kong functions as an important bridge linking US and Hong Kong’s

architecture professionals and academics. Each year, we invite a

number of high-profile leaders from the US and around the world to

Hong Kong, enriching the local architecture discourse.


opportunities to practise and form collaborations. With growing

demand for sophistication in quality living, the region provides

ample opportunity for Hong Kong-based design practices. Also,

with the establishment of AIA Shanghai a few years ago, it makes

sense for AIA Hong Kong to invest greater attention to this part

of the Mainland.

Secondly, we have organised a high-profile international

architecture symposium. Eight leading architecture educators and

practitioners from the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Mainland China

gathered in Hong Kong to explore the current and future trends of

the profession. This is an important programme as it highlights our

original mission to promote a high standard of design, education

and professional practice through bringing together thought

leaders from around the world. In the well-attended event,

stimulating exchanges between the guest speakers as well as with

the audience have left a strong impression on many practising

and emerging architects.

Noble House stands out as a new exemplar of residences in Dongguan, Guangdong

Over the past 20 years, some of AIA Hong Kong’s past presidents

are also prominent figures in Hong Kong’s architecture industry.

Some of them have served as the deans of local architecture

schools, while others have served as presidents of the HKIA. Our

members continue to play an active role in the local architectural

industry today.

You have been elected as the President of AIA Hong Kong

one year ago. Could you summarise some significant

works of AIA in 2017?

This is a special year for AIA Hong Kong as it marks our 20 th

anniversary. It is also the first time for a young architect to be

elected as the president of AIA Hong Kong. The definition of

young is not due to age, but being registered as an architect in

the US for less than 10 years. I became a registered architect

in Florida nine years ago. Therefore, I am still considered as a

young architect today. I think our members generally support the

younger generation to take up greater responsibility for leading

the chapter and the profession. While we have accomplished a

lot this year, I would like to highlight specifically two programmes

because they carry special meaning.

Firstly, we have organised a field trip to three cities in the Pearl River

Delta, now coined the Greater Bay Area, to experience projects

and exchange with officials and practitioners there. The purpose

of the eventful trip to visit the cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou and

Zhuhai was to provide an opportunity for our members to explore

In addition, I would like to highlight two areas of accomplishment

in 2017. When we look at the attendance of events, we find that

the number of non-members has increased significantly, forming

nearly half of the total attendance. These are local professionals,

graduates and students that can potentially become our members.

It shows that our programmes are generally attractive to these

targeted stakeholder group as well as the interested public.

Another area that I hope to highlight is our attempt to digitalise

the chapter’s management processes. From the introduction of

paperless submission for our design award programme to making

available digital payment options, my team and I have worked

hard to make sure that we are catching up to the technology of

the day.

Finally, we have a social media campaign that started this year. We

have more people visiting our website than ever. One of the top

referrals is from our Facebook page. You can see that the visitors

to our website have increased by 66 per cent compared to last

year. We want to utilise the social media to promote our mission

further in the near future.

The AIA Hong Kong 20 th Anniversary Cocktail Reception was the highlight of the

year for AIA Hong Kong members, with Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the

Environment Bureau, HKSAR (fourth from left, front row) as the guest of honour of

the event

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PROJECTS

Resiglow’s industrial-chic façade

RESIGLOW

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Individual balconies offer additional living room space and open views

Ground floor lounge

Situated in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, Resiglow

is a 29-storey chic urban loft-inspired residential

development that caters to an elite target market,

which demands spaciousness, flexibility and a

bespoke quality.

Designed by PDP London’s Hong Kong

Studio, the apartment building speaks a clean,

uncluttered design language, using a stylish

black-and-white palette with tactile, textural

finishes. The designers used light, volume and

practical layouts to maximise flexibility and to

create a consciousness of continuous, flowing

space, without unnecessary thresholds or ‘dead’

spaces.

The industrial-chic façade has steel framed

windows and individual balconies, which extends

each apartment’s living room outwards, allowing

residents to take full advantage of natural

ventilation and open views.

The podium design features a large, ground

floor reception space leading to the tower lift

core, with all electrical and mechanical systems

provided within the podium mass. One side of

the glass lifts’ shaft allows for the expression

of structure and lift cars, while highlighting the

vertical circulation on the façade. This feature

also provides an exciting experience and sky

views for residents travelling through the building.

The interiors boast a simple aesthetic concept,

with materials chosen for their hardiness. Walnut

floorboards meet stone tiles, while white walls

and joinery are detailed in stainless steel or wood

veneer. Bathrooms are highlighted with luxurious

marble shower rooms. A kitchen cabinet in walnut

veneer forms the backdrop to the dining space,

while providing additional storage space.

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Resiglow

Location

7A Shan Kwong Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Completion Date

31 July 2017

Site Area

754.46 square metres

Gross Floor Area

7,545.25 square metres

Building Height

95.07 metres

Number of Units

106

Client/Developer

Best Insight Ltd

(subsidiary of Kerry Properties Ltd)

Architecture Firm

PDP London Architects

Principal Architect

Dave Hoggard

Interior Design Firm

PDP London Architects

Principal Designer

Dave Hoggard

Civil & Structural Engineer

Siu Yin Wai & Associates Ltd

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Far East Consulting Engineers Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

AECOM

Landscape Architect

Team 73 HK Ltd

Main Contractor

Wing Sum Construction & Engineering Co, Ltd

Interior Fit-Out Contractor

Donago Design & Decoration Ltd

Images

Kerry Properties Ltd

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Winner | Hong Kong | BCI Asia Top 10 Developers 2017

PROJECTS

Podium with a contemporary façade design

SEVEN VICTORY

AVENUE

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Recreational facilities provide extended living space

Located at the Ho Man Tin district, Seven

Victory Avenue is a single tower development

with 250 residential units, ranging from 161 to

390 square feet. Despite its compact size, each

unit is designed to provide an accessible and

stylish private living space in the middle of the

city.

The fully furnished studio units are designed for

maximum useable space, with a spacious walk-in

closet, large basin and mirror cabinet, shoe storage,

hidden ironing board, standard-sized study desk,

full-height fridge, wine cellar, coffee machine,

microwave, rice cooker, washing machine, projector

with 6-foot-wide screen and above-head storage

space.

The one- and two-bedroom units are designed

with flexibility in mind. Water closet and shower

areas are hidden behind glass doors, while

remaining areas—such as the combined living/

dining/kitchen areas and bedroom with adjacent

vanity units—have operable sliding partitions to

create both free-flow and compartmentalised

spaces.

Large open terraces and recreational facilities—

such as gym, children's playroom, multifunction

rooms, swimming pool and BBQ area—provide

extended living space.

Vertical signboards create a visual barrier to adjacent

buildings, while the back of house (BOH) and

electrical and mechanical (E&M) plant rooms are

smartly located away from the tower to maximise

headroom for the residences and clubhouse for

better living quality.

ELEGANT SPACE

The main building entrance features a double

volume space facing the street to create a

heightened sense of space. An amber crystal

lighting sculpture flows from the upper level to the

ceiling of the entrance lobby.

Gently curved timber-styled metal ceilings with

back-lit lighting appear at the underside of the

apartment balconies to create an interesting

façade that can be appreciated at street level.

The warm wood appearance contrast with the

exterior bronze-coloured metal cladding for a

contemporary look.

The same element also appears at the clubhouse

ceiling, shopfront canopies, lift lobbies, lift cars and

clubhouse to create a consistent design feature

for the project. With its wide range of colours,

textures and design, metal ceilings have become

an increasingly attractive option for a wide range

of building environments due to their aesthetics,

durability, acoustics, and ease of installation and

maintenance. In addition, metal is considered a

sustainable building material because it is largely

reclaimable.

The building’s operational energy is reduced with

dimming lighting systems at the clubhouse floor

and façade, while permeable spatial configurations,

with sky terraces and balconies, help reduce energy

used for ventilation, cooling, heating and lighting.

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Seven Victory Avenue

Location

7, Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong

Status of Construction

Superstructure

Expected Completion Date

3Q 2018

Site Area

916 square metres

Gross Floor Area

7,734 square metres

Building Height

27 storeys

Number of Units

250

Client/Developer

Henderson Land Development Company Ltd

Architecture Firm

Lu Tang Lai Architects Ltd

Principal Architect

Rembert Lai

Interior Design Firms

Philip Liao and Partners Ltd;

EDGE Design Institute Ltd

Principal Designers

Philip Liao; Gary Chang

Civil & Structural Engineer

Siu Yin Wai & Associates Ltd

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Arcadis Design & Engineering Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

WT Partnership (HK) Ltd

Lighting Consultant

Lightlinks International Ltd

Landscape

Architect

Quad Ltd

Green Building

Consultant

AECOM Asia Co Ltd

Main Contractor

Wecon Construction &

Engineering Ltd

Interior Fit-Out

Contractor

Wing Tai Contracting Co Ltd

Images

Henderson Land

Development Company Ltd

Exterior view of Seven

Victory Avenue

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PROJECTS

Foyer

BOHEMIAN HOUSE

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Children's Play Room

Bohemian House, the latest completed

project of the Bohemian Collection, is tailormade

and crafted for urban bohemians, not

only allowing them to realise their ideal living,

but also nurturing a community of urban elites

with bohemian spirits to enjoy an artisanal

living with the like-minded.

ARTISANAL LIVING STYLE

Bohemian House epitomises the brand spirit of

The Artisanal Movement pioneered by Cultural

Entrepreneur Adrian Cheng, Executive Vicechairman

and General Manager of New World

Development (NWD). Adhering to the concept

of Collect, Connect and Collide, Cheng travels

around the world, collects ingenious pieces

with prominence in humanity and culture, then

instills the idea into Bohemian House. He is

also dedicated to forge the essence of local

heritage by accentuating the vibrant charisma

nourished by history and food culture to cultivate

a distinctive neighbourhood for residents.

Nestled in the Western District, a community

with rich history and distinct culture, Bohemian

House inherits craftsmanship and manifests

the distinctive food culture in its concept and

design. The district has preserved its historical

buildings that have been standing over half a

century, as well as different kinds of humanised

family businesses. Walking along the shoreline

in this district, one could enjoy the scenic view

of Victoria Harbour, at the same time, immersing

them into the local culture, as though shuttling

between past and present.

To define the artisanal living style of the

culturally sophisticated new generations and

infuse the distinct food culture into Bohemian

House, Adrian Cheng invited SIMPLICITY Co.,

Ltd., a world-renowned multidisciplinary studio

that excels in restaurant design, to craft the

distinctive Club Bohemian.

Food and cooking play important roles in Club

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Bohemian Lounge

Bohemian, inspired by the neighbourhood. The

key facilities of Artisan Kitchen and Alfresco

Cooking are designed for residents to create

artisanal dishes by their own hands with fresh

ingredients sourced in the surroundings,

nurturing the culinary culture of sharing and

stimulating exchanges in knowledge, traditions

and craftsmanship. Bohemian House provides

the ideal setting for residents to savour

moments with families, friends and the likeminded,

creating a community of Urban

Bohemians.

SIMPLICITY transforms living space with grace

dwelling in simplicity rather than conventional

luxury, rejecting any tasteless ostentatious

intention that such aesthetics are derived

from Japan’s longstanding culture of tradition.

In Club Bohemian, a host of coppers are

particularly employed as interior finishes for

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ornamental and functional purposes over time.

They are also passionate in engaging natural

finishes to reflect the beauty of nature through

their design.

RESIDENTIAL UNIT DESIGN

The architect Thomas Cheung Kong Yeung

also embraced history by incorporating

elements of trams into the architectural design

of Bohemian House. Being a richly historiated

transport, the tram is a living history in

Hong Kong that shapes the cityscape of

the Western District. Inspired by this iconic

transport, Cheung incorporated tramlines in

the façade design. He created I-frame, which

is a white feature to embrace the curtain

wall and balconies of the residential units as

though they were making a tram window. With

the lights and shadows cast on the building,

residents will feel like they are in a tram and

the modular interlocking features also form

an interesting façade on the building. Inspired

by the stone walls that can be distinctively

seen in the Western District, an understated

yet delicate stone wall is artistically crafted to

define the iconic residential entrance.

NWD added elements of bespoke craftsmanship

to the design of the residential units. Their

first patent granted sliding screen design

PANELRAMA can flexibly organise the interiors

according to residents’ needs, such as

partitioning study, cooking and walk-in closet

areas. With MIRROR PLUS, a multipurpose

mirror cabinet with built-in electricity and USB

sockets, residents could wash and brush up

while using mobile devices to save time on

daily chores. The door handle ARTISHANDLE

and streamline-shaped HOUSE LIGHT are also

uniquely designed by NWD.


Artisan Kitchen

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Bohemian House

Location

321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun and

Sheung Wan District, Hong Kong

Completion Date

April 2017

Client/Owner/Developer

New World Development Company Limited

Architecture Firm

Cheung Kong-Yeung Architects Limited

Principal Architect

Cheung Kong Yeung

Clubhouse Interior Designer

SIMPLICITY Co., Ltd.

Unit Interior Designer

Comodo

Main Contractor

Hip Seng Construction Company Limited

Images

New World Development Company Limited

Ground floor lobby

Alfresco Cooking

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PROJECTS

The stacked retail, F&B and gallery spaces

H QUEENS

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A purpose-built non-traditional art gallery building

H Queens is a recently completed 24-storey

purpose-built stacked gallery building, located

just three blocks away from the city’s largest

historic preservation project, Tai Kwun, in

Central, Hong Kong.

Custom designed as a new vibrant art and

lifestyle destination with non-traditional

exhibition spaces, H Queens is set to host

its art shows in the first quarter of 2018. Its

major art business tenants include the likes of

David Zwirner Gallery, Pace Gallery, Pearl Lam

Galleries, Seoul Auction, Tang Contemporary

Art Gallery and Whitestone Gallery.

H Queens shares the same vertical typology

as the nearby H Code, a lifestyle high-rise F&B

building by the same architect and developer.

It is clad in laminated low-emissivity insulating

glass unit curtain wall with ceramic fittings. A

glass shuttle lift in the building allows visitors

to observe the vibrant ongoing art activities

and showcases the full exhibition of the

stacked art galleries through the ground to

10 th floors.

Its 5-metre-high main entrance is grand and

welcoming, while each typical floor has a

4.65-metre-high ceiling and multifunctional

layouts. The 3,800-square-foot net area per

floor, with a loading rate of 5 to 10 kilopascal,

is ideal for an art gallery, which until now, has

not been available in Hong Kong.

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PROJECTS

High-zone dining floors offer stunning

views across the Victoria Harbour

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

H Queens

Location

80 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Completion Date

November 2017

Gross Internal Area

10,000 square metres

Building Height

24 storeys

Client/Developer

Henderson Land Ltd

Architecture Firm

CL3 Architects

Main Contractor

Wecon Ltd

Civil & Structural Engineer

Stephen Cheng Consulting Engineers Ltd

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

P & T Architects And Engineers Ltd

Quantity Surveyor

WT Partnership (HK) Ltd

Images

CL3 Architects

Laminated low-emissivity curtain wall ensures plenty of natural lighting

Due to the intimate complexities of the urban

density, an integrated building maintenance unit

featuring a gondola system is installed to facilitate

the delivery of artworks. Works up to 1.25 tons

can be lifted up from the street through an

operable façade (measuring approximately 3.5

by 4 metres) on each gallery floor.

The fire service system is also tailor-designed

for gallery use. The pre-action sprinkler system

operates only when both sprinkler head and

heat detector are activated, to avoid immediate

water damage to art pieces.

LIFESTYLE CENTRE

With dual entrances at Stanley Street and

Queen’s Road Central, the building meets the

busy Pottinger Street with gradually enlarged

floor plates on the bottom few floors to create

a cascade of outdoor green terraces. Other

distinctive architectural features include the

operable windows and green features. These

are complemented by the large exterior

terraces for al fresco dining on restaurant

floors, as well as a dramatic rooftop bar with

views across the Victoria Harbour.

“I believe architecture has the potential to go

beyond its physical boundaries, to reach out

into the urban context and catalyses or propels

the neighbourhood to share its positive energy,”

says William Lim, founder of architecture firm

CL3. This is in the case of H Queens and H

Code, which do not set out to displace the old

neighbourhood but, instead, seek to stimulate

it to create a more vibrant urban fabric.

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PROJECTS

Expansive glass windows for a sense of spaciousness and abundance of sunlight

ALASSIO

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Located at Mid-Levels West, Hong Kong,

ALASSIO is the third in a series of buildings by

architecture firm DLN.

The 50-storey residential building comprises

197 spacious units, with two-bedroom units

ranging from 581 to 1,007 square feet, as well

as three- and four-bedroom units and duplexes

on the top floors.

Its two-storey clubhouse at the podium comes

with a range of recreational facilities, including a

25-metre-plus heated outdoor swimming pool.

Extensive hard and soft landscaping, such as

vertical gardens, help to soften the environment

and reduce radiation gain.

The tower combines a pleated façade and

balconies/fins to articulate a dynamic building

form that maximises views of the city skyline

and Victoria Harbour. The expansive glass

windows joining the balconies generate a sense

of spaciousness and a harmonious flow from the

inside to the outside, introducing an abundance

of natural sunlight. The project is built according

to BEAM Plus assessment requirements.

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Care was taken to avoid negative visual impact of

the tower to its surroundings. To preserve the view

of the Victoria Peak’s ridgelines, a 20 per cent

building-free zone is protected, with the main roof

level of the development maintained at 243.55

metres above Principal Datum (mPd), about half of

the height limit. ALASSIO is also in close proximity

to the heritage monuments and landmarks, and

the view corridor has been protected to ensure

pedestrians’ views are not obstructed.

The development has a dual-entrance design

at Caine Road and Castle Road, with an

exclusive pathway to Seymour Road. Safe and

accessible pedestrian circulation is provided with

2- to 3-metre setbacks and a newly proposed

pedestrian staircase.

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PROJECTS

Entrance lobby

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Seating area in the lobby

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PROJECT DATA

Project Name

ALASSIO

Location

100 Caine Road, Mid-Levels West, Hong Kong

Completion Date

January 2017

Site Area

2,018.411 square metres

Gross Floor Area

18,165.453 square metres

Number of Units

197

Building Height

168.55 metres

Client/Owner

Swire Properties Ltd

Architecture Firm

DLN

Principal Architect

DLN

Main Contractor

Hip Hing Construction Co, Ltd

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd

Civil & Structural Engineer

C M Wong & Associates Ltd

Images

DLN

A dynamic building form with pleats and balconies/fins

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Winner | Hong Kong | BCI Asia Top 10 Architects 2017

PROJECTS

Exterior view of Ocean Terminal new extension building

OCEAN TERMINAL

EXTENSION

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The Aerial Shanghai view of Ocean Landmark Terminal Center new comprises extension twin building towers, a retail component and an open central plaza

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Ocean Terminal

new extension building of Harbour City is a fivestorey

complex situated at the end of Ocean

Terminal and surrounded by the sea, with its prime

location extending to the centre of Victoria Harbour.

Construction commenced in 2012 and the building

has been in full operation since October 2017.

DESIGN CONCEPT AND

LAYOUT

The new building was designed by Foster +

Partners, an internationally renowned architecture

firm, with the aim of turning it into the new icon

of Hong Kong by maximising the geographic

advantages of Harbour City to allow the public

to enjoy the harbour views from different angles.

Architecturally, the form of the building is a

direct response to its climatic context. Its

wide cantilevered terraces provide shade and

protect the lower levels from the tropical sun.

The balustrades, angled to tie in with the overall

geometry of the building, extend downwards as

louvred shading devices for the terrace below.

The building also offers retail, dining and lounge

facilities with an outdoor stepped seating area

on the roof that allows natural light deep into

the internal atrium. The atrium bridges the old

terminal building and the new extension, while

the central circulation spine connects the roof

level to the marine deck, both physically and

visually, via a series of escalators following

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PROJECTS

Outdoor terraces with panoramic views

Interior Skylight view above of Level the central 3 atrium

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Upgraded cruise terminal facilities

Pick-up and drop-off area

the form of the terraces. The observatory

deck named Ocean Terminal Deck provides

a 270-degree panorama of Victoria Harbour

overlooking the views of Hong Kong Island and

Kowloon, and is open to the public for free.

The dining outlets offer alfresco dining areas,

enabling customers to enjoy the harbour views

while savouring high-quality global cuisines.

EVENT SPACES FOR

THEMATIC ACTIVITIES

The Ocean Terminal Deck is not only an

observatory deck, but also a place for happenings.

It consists of two outdoor event spaces of nearly

6,500 square feet each, of which one of them is

a natural lawn allowing the public to ramble on

the grass. There is a Grandstand with maximum

capacity of 200 people that is facing the outdoor

performance venue, which will diversify the

upcoming performance activities of Harbour City.

A wide spectrum of featured performances and

activities can be held at the new building and

Ocean Terminal Deck. Moreover, Harbour City

collaborated with Foster + Partners to organise

an architecture exhibition of the new building in

late November 2017 to introduce the building

history of Ocean Terminal and the architectural

concept and features of the extension building.

HONG KONG’S NEW ICON

AND TOURIST ATTRACTION

As Hong Kong’s first and largest shopping mall,

Harbour City has always strived to grow hand

in hand with Hong Kong. The Ocean Terminal

new extension building of Harbour City, in

addition to having enhanced cruise terminal

facilities, serves Hong Kong residents and

tourists by bringing new F&B and leisure and

entertainment experiences. These additions

ensure that Harbour City maintains its industry

leading position and further promote Hong

Kong tourism by making Hong Kong and

Harbour City a must-visit destination.

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Ocean Terminal Extension

Location

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Completion Date

2017

Area

Around 100,000 square feet

Number of Floors

5

Client/Owner

Harbour City Estates Limited

Architecture Firm

Foster + Partners

Collaborating Architect

Ronald Lu & Partners

Structural Engineer

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

J Roger Preston Limited

Quantity Surveyor

Rider Levett Bucknall

Façade Consultant

Inhabits Living Engineering

Interior Designer

ARK Associates Limited

External Lighting Designer

RC Atelier Ltd

Internal Lighting Designer

Spectrum Design and Associates (Asia)

Landscape Architect

LWK Landscape

Traffic Consultant

MVA Hong Kong Limited

Environmental Consultant

Ramboll Environ Hong Kong Limited

Images

Harbour City Estates Limited

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The biotech park grounds are designed to showcase the enterprise’s international image to visitors

DONG-E E-JIAO

BIOTECH PARK

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Façade of the visitor centre

All images courtesy of Changi Airport Group

Front plaza of the visitor centre

The Dong-E E-Jiao Biotech Park in Shangdong

Province, China, integrates various functions—

such as research and development, quality control

and industrial tourism—with the production of

e-jiao, or donkey hide gelatin, a traditional health

supplement.

The grounds have been renovated to improve the

factory’s aesthetic and tourism values for visitors

and to showcase the enterprise’s international

image. It also creates a pleasant daily work-andrest

environment for the company’s employees.

SED Landscape Architects completed the

landscape design for four areas within the

factory grounds—office building front plaza;

main entrance roundabout area; museum area;

and visitor centre front plaza.

As the office building functions as the factory’s

administration centre, its front plaza is designed

for a sense of both solemnity and approachability,

with clearly segmented pavements, water features

and greenery. The landscape designers introduced

a pixel concept with the weathering steel planters

by the office building, where different herbs will

be planted in different cubes to emphasise the

healthcare concept of e-jiao.

At the roundabout down from the main entrance

stands a statue of Tao Hongjing, a medical scientist

in the Northern and Southern Dynasties who

documented and classified the e-jiao. Close to that

runs the Life Canal, a water-recycling system within

a hexagon-patterned hollow steel structure built

across linear-textured pavements.

Around the museum, the greenery merges with

naturally winding water to create a graceful and

dynamic shared space, while the geometrical

elements of the visitor centre’s architectural

façade are tactfully interpreted into its front plaza.

The simple tri-toned triangular pavement blocks

combine with herbs and trees to highlight the

ecological healthcare concept.

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PROJECTS

Aerial view of the Life Canal

The Life Canal, a water-recycling system that depicts extension of life

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Merging greenery and waterways around the museum

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Dong-E E-Jiao Biotech Park

Location

Liaocheng, Shangdong Province, China

Completion Date

2017

Site Area

154,222 square metres

Client/Owner

Dong-E E-Jiao Group

Architecture Firm

Five Plus Design

Interior Design Firm

Five Plus Design

Principal Designer

Su Yingzi, Five Plus Design

Civil & Structural Engineer

Xu Yanfei

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Li Xin, Ji'nan Tongyuan Design Institute

Lighting Consultant

Xiang Min, Leox Design Partnership

Landscape Architect

Huang Jianfeng, SED Landscape Architects Ltd

Main Contractor

Shandong Hongji Dingcheng

Construction Engineering Co, Ltd

Images

SED Landscape Architects Ltd

Roundabout with statue of historical medical scientist Tao Hongjing

West view of the museum

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PROJECTS

Walkway bridges at different levels connect both sides

Image by MIR

LEEZA SOHO

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The 46-storey Leeza SOHO with its 'twisted' structure and world-tallest central atrium

Image by MIR

Anchoring the Lize Financial Business

District—a new business, residential and

transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in

southwest Beijing—the 46-storey Leeza SOHO

will be an attention grabber with its iconic

‘twisted’ structure and soaring central atrium.

The 172,800-square-metre Leeza SOHO

straddles a new subway tunnel that diagonally

divides the site. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects,

the tower is divided into two wavy halves on either

side of the tunnel and connected by a 190-metrehigh

central atrium—which will be the world’s

tallest upon the tower’s completion in late-2018.

Connecting with the city’s bus network on Lize

Road and Lou Tuo Wan East Road, as well as

the new subway interchange station below, this

atrium will be a public space for the new financial

district. An outdoor public piazza surrounding

the tower, echoing its circular form, welcomes

visitors inside.

As the tower rises, the atrium twists at 45 degrees

to orientate the higher floors with the east-west

axis of Lize Road—one of west Beijing's main

streets. The shape of the atrium creates convex

openings on either side of the tower, ushering

in natural light and city views from the centre of

each floor.

DESIGNING FOR

ENVIRONMENT

Walkways bridge the cavity at different levels,

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PROJECTS

The atrium twists at 45 degrees

Image by MIR

while a double-insulated glass façade encases

the two halves of the tower in a single cohesive

envelope. The glass curtain wall system steps the

glazing units on each floor at an angle, allowing

ventilating registers to draw outside air through

an operable cavity when required. This helps

maintain a comfortable indoor environment

despite extreme external weather conditions.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, an advanced

3D building information modelling (BIM) energy

management system will monitor real-time

environmental control and energy efficiency

within the development, integrating heat recovery

from exhaust air, high-efficiency pumps and

fans, chillers and boilers, lighting and controls, in

addition to water-collection, low-flow rate fixtures,

grey water flushing and landscape irrigation.

Low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials

will be installed throughout the tower to

minimise interior pollutants, and when required,

high-efficiency filters will remove PM2.5

particles via the air-handling system. As part of

its sustainability efforts, 2,680 bicycle parking

spaces with lockers and shower facilities are

provided, along with dedicated charging spaces

for electric/hybrid cars located below ground.

Editor's note: For more exclusive information about the project,

please visit www.constructionplusasia.com/hk/projects.

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The project is scheduled for completion in late-2018

Image by Satoshi Ohashi

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Leeza SOHO

Location

Lize Road, Beijing, China

Expected Completion

2H 2018

Project Site Area

30,688 square metres

Gross Floor Area

172,800 square metres

Building Height

46 storeys; 207 metres

Client/Owner

SOHO China Ltd

Chief Executive Officer

Zhang Xin

Competition Project Directors

Satoshi Ohashi: Manuela Gatto

Competition Team Lead Designers

Philipp Ostermaier; Dennis Brezina; Claudia Glas Dorner

Competition Team

Yang Jingwen; Igor Pantic; Mu Ren; Konstantinos

Mouratidis; Nicholette Chan; Yung-Chieh Huang

Architecture Firm

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)

Project Architect

Philipp Ostermaier

Executive Architect

Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD)

Interior Design Firms

ZHA; Huateng

Project Director

Satoshi Ohashi

Project Associates

Kaloyan Erevinov; Ed Gaskin; Armando Solano

Project Team

Yang Jingwen; Di Ding; Xuexin Duan; Samson Lee;

Shu Hashimoto; Christoph Klemmt; Juan Liu;

Dennis Brezina; Rita Lee; Seungho Yeo

Façade Consultants

KWP (Konstruct West Partners); Kighton Façade; Yuanda

Civil & Structural Engineers

Bollinger + Grohmann (Competition); China Academy of

Building Research (CABR); BIAD

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)

Parsons Brinkerhoff

Lighting Consultants

Light Design; Leuchte

Landscape Architects

ZHA; Ecoland

Green Building Consultant

ZHA

Main Contractor

China State Construction Engineering Corporation #3

Façade Contractors

Lingyun; Yuanda

Images

ZHA; MIR; Di Ding; Satoshi Ohashi; Yicheng Yang

Exploded view of façade

Image by ZHA

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INTERIORS

The five-storey cylindrical main library hall bathed in golden hues and ‘star’ light

ZHEJIANG YUEXIU UNIVERSITY

OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES

JINGHU CAMPUS LIBRARY

The library at the Zhejiang Yuexiu University of

Foreign Languages Jinghu Campus is an iconic

landmark defined by solemnity, simplicity and

elegance.

As it is located within a university and the historic

Shaoxing City, all aspects of the library’s interior

design are streamlined as much as possible to

evoke a strong sense of culture, a memory of time

gone by, and a stimulus in the quest for knowledge.

IMAGERY OF PARADISE

The five-storey cylinder-shaped main body of

the library is permeated with a golden hue, while

the round ceiling above is dotted with lights that

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resemble stars. The solid grid-like bookshelves

lining the walls tower up to the ceiling, reflecting the

golden glow and effusing a sense of sacredness.

At the floor level, a cascade of wooden steps is

lined with moveable small shelves and cushioned

stools that can be combined in varied ways for a

comfortable reading experience. This functional

and versatile arrangement allows the floor space

of the main hall to be used for a wide range of

activities.

The walls along the corridor around the main hall

carry a wave-like design that depicts the sea of

knowledge, adding a certain dimension and

dynamic to the space. A reading room embodies

the concept of simplicity with its bare concrete

walls, with only an array of grey table lamps for a

retro touch.

In the periodicals room, a linoleum rubber floor

is chosen for its durability and sound-absorbing

effect. The linear LED ceiling lighting, arranged

in parallel lines with the lighting on the tables,

ensure high illuminance that is suitable for

reading.

The whole project cost EUR11.7 million, and

the building was completed through a one-time

pouring of bare concrete.


A cascade of wooden steps with versatile sitting and reading space

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INTERIORS

Linear ceiling lighting is paired with minimalist table lamps

The North architectonic gate hall sculpture in the store’s centre houses The Playpen

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Wave-like designs on the corridor walls

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages

Jinghu Campus Library

Location

Shaoxing, China

Completion Date

May 2017

Site Area

50,048 square feet

Gross Floor Area

203,610 square feet

Number of Rooms/Units

92

Building Height

73.8 feet

Client/Owner

Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages

Architecture Firm

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design

Principal Architect

Xie Qiang

Interior Design Firm

Zhejiang University of Technology Engineering

Design Group Co.,Ltd.

Principal Interior Designer

Lu Weidong

Images

Lu Weidong; Wang Hairong

Grey table lamps at the reading room for a retro touch

Changing Café featuring rooma bookcase and cabinets in irregular quadrangle grids

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INTERIORS

The grand three-entry hall of the lobby

DIAOYUTAI HOTEL HANGZHOU

Located by the scenic Qiantang River of

Hangzhou—one of the seven ancient capitals

of China—the Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou strikes

an imposing presence as a residence befitting

distinguished international guests.

Inheriting its name and the highest standards of

hospitality from the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in

Beijing, the hotel first opened its doors to delegates of

the 2016 G20 summit. Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou is

designed by renowned British architecture firm Atkins,

which infused contemporary European aesthetics into

the traditional Chinese heritage and cultural legacies of

the historical Diaoyutai brand.

CHINESE QUADRANGLES

The hotel’s interior theme, by Hong Kong’s

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CCD/Cheng Chung Design, is a modern

reinterpretation of the traditional Hui-style

courtyard residence, or siheyuans, where the

social spaces radiate from a central core. The

courtyard layout and landscape techniques

create progressive layers of space, each with

subtle differences in atmosphere that greet

guests as they move through the residence.

The grand lobby area, with its golden tapestries,

black tiled floors and beamed ceiling, functions

as the mansion’s ‘living room’. It is designed with

three entryways—the main entrance; the central

caisson courtyard through the corridor; and the

Pinju restaurant and lobby bar, which leads to

an exclusive garden with rocks and ancient pine,

framed by French windows.

The modern banquet hall is wrapped in light bluetoned

stone, grey and blue wood, a distinctive blue

diamond-patterned carpet and riverfront floor-toceiling

glass windows. Striking long lamps line the

warm beige leather walls, under a canopy of ripplelike

chandeliers.

The stand-alone multifunction hall carries on the

design concept, with its warm white leather and

blue carpet, a retro glass door, a bar and a spiral

staircase that leads to a recreation hall.

The boardroom sports an intriguing combination of

hues—dark red, crimson and orange-red—and

surface textures, with Chinese calligraphy on one

wall, and a black-and-white ink-based picture of

the West Lake on the other.


Casual dining Chinese restaurant

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INTERIORS

Exclusive private dining rooms at the Royal Court

WORLD-CLASS BLEND

The hotel features 162 guest rooms, with more

than half facing river views. The layout and

organisation of guest rooms are based on the

architecture of Jiangnan gardens, with great

attention paid to the extension, infiltration and

separation of spaces. Measuring more than

60 square metres each, the rooms have

their own independent hallway, bathroom and

walk-in cloakroom, as well as distinct areas for

sleeping, working and reception.

Each room is customised with a blend of ancient

charm and Western style, to encapsulate the

rich world experiences of an oriental diplomat.

Traditional and innovative furnishing and

fittings include solid wood furniture, porcelain

lacquerware, handcrafted copper pot, crystal

glass lamp posts and appliqué rust mirror,

along with a bathroom floor paving inspired by

the delicate brick pavements in the Jiangnan

gardens.

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Foyer outside the Sky Ballroom

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou

Location

65, Wuxing Road, Jianggan District,

Hangzhou, China

Completion Date

November 2016

Project Area

Phase 1: 34,820 square metres

Phase 2: 19,767 square metres

Interior Design Firm

CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)

Designer

Joe Cheng

Images

CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)

Each guest room is customised with a fusion of oriental and western styles

Landscaped Chinese garden

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INTERIORS

DING HUI YUAN

ZEN & TEA CHAMBER

A disused factory-turned-office building in

Beijing, China, built in the 1970s, has been

transformed by architect He Wei into the Ding Hui

Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber, an open-plan space

that has been described as a modern temple

dedicated to the art of tea.

The green space between the building and road has

been converted into a new front porch that visitors

have to cross from one end to the other. An existing

tree has been retained and peeps through a circular

opening in the bamboo grille façade. While the tree

seemingly blocks the walkway, it also serves as a

physical and psychological reminder to slow down

as one enters the premises.

SPACE SEQUENCE

One of the main challenges of the project was to

adapt the function and style of the chamber to

the existing limited structure and spatial layout.

The design team configured a new building

circulation to meet the privacy requirements of

the space—a private ground floor and a public

second floor. The latter serves as a gathering

space that houses a guqin music room, small

and large tearooms, and a meditation room.

The result is a restructured space sequence that

weaves harmoniously through the Zen-infused

interior, enforcing a slower rhythm and invoking

inner calm. The long zigzagging route traverses

through alternating bright and dark spaces,

bringing visitors from the west side entrance up a

semi-open corridor to the second floor, down to

the ground floor, and through the Chinese garden.

The traditional Chinese garden is housed within a

100-square-metre backyard, which can be viewed

and enjoyed at different times, from different

perspectives, via the building’s see-through grating

racks and the ramp-like folded stairway. This sight

connection and conversion of the indoors and

outdoors is a key element of the design brief.

SLOW AND SIMPLE

The interiors follow a similar ideology of simplicity,

with minimal ornamentation, selected relics

and round windows. Bathed in natural light that

changes and fades throughout the day, the

ambience has a meditative quality that brings

one’s focus to a natural state of stillness.

Natural materials and elements, such as wood,

bamboo, stone, water, light and shadow, were

chosen to reflect the essence of Zen—bright and

simple, without sacrificing quality and details. For

example, the designers added a 1-centimetre-long

rice rod into the mortar as wall plaster, which looks

plain white from a distance, but reveals a golden

grain texture up close.

An existing tree peeps through a circular opening in the bamboo grille façade

Image by Zou Bin

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The front porch walkway between the bamboo grille façade and the building

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Image by He Wei

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INTERIORS

Meditation room

Image by Zou Bin

The gathering space

Image by Zou Bin

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Grating racks create dappled natural lighting across the corridors

Image by Zou Bin

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Ding Hui Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber

Location

Beijing, China

Completion Date

January 2016

Site Area

300 square metres

Gross Floor Area

450 square metres

Number of Rooms

11

Building Height

10 metres

Client/Owner

Better Lift Art Club Co, Ltd

Architecture Firm

He Wei Studio/3andwich Design

Principal Architect

He Wei

Interior Design Firm

He Wei Studio/3andwich Design

Design Consultants

Xue Xiao-Ming; Zhang Yi-Cheng

Design Team

He Wei; Chen Long; Wang Qi; Zhao Zhuo-Ran

Civil & Structural Engineer

Pan Cong-Jian

Lighting Consultant

Zhang Xin; Han Xiao-Wei; Zhou Xuan-Yu

Landscape Architect

He Wei Studio/3andwich Design

Main Contractor

Beijing GHLH Construction Co, Ltd

Images

Zou Bin; He Wei

The semi-open corridor allows the courtyard garden to be viewed from different perspectives

Image by He Wei

Restructured space circulation

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Winner | Hong Kong | BCI Asia Top 10 Architects 2017

INTERIORS

HYDE MANSION CLUBHOUSE

The Hyde Mansion residential development in

Guangzhou, China, is targeted towards large, crossgenerational

families. As such, its clubhouse has to

fulfil varying needs, especially those of its frequent

users—the elderly, housewives and children.

The clubhouse’s interior design aligns with the

design intent of the entire development—to

recreate the deluxe lifestyle of London’s Hyde

Park. From inside out, every detail is suffused with

elegance and luxury.

Interior design firm Ronald Lu & Partners executed

the creation of a contemporary British lifestyle

space for residents and their guests through

low-profile luxury interiors, accented by compelling

‘United Kingdom chic’ details, such as speciallytextured

stone with metal detailing.

One main challenge is the underground location

of the key functions and facilities of the clubhouse,

with just a small entrance section on the ground

floor. To counter that, the designers extended the

entryway into a covered area nearby, dramatically

increasing the sense of openness in the refined

space.

The central atrium space is converted into an

outdoor leisure area, which draws more sunlight

inside, thus encouraging sustainable lifestyle

elements at the same time.

The central atrium is also where the British

afternoon tea culture is introduced to residents

and their guests. The VIP room and a cooking

room are located around the atrium for enhanced

accessibility and comfort.

Glass windows usher sunlight into the underground functional areas

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Textured stone with metal detailing

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INTERIORS

The central atrium space is converted into an outdoor leisure area

Chic interiors

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A clubhouse that meets the needs of its littlest users

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Hyde Mansion Clubhouse

Location

Guangzhou, China

Completion Date

December 2016

Site Area

1,100 square metres

Client/Owner

Poly Real Estate Group Co Ltd

Interior Design Firm

Ronald Lu & Partners

Principal Designer

Alistair Leung

Images

Ronald Lu & Partners

The extended entrance

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INTERIORS

Cultural meets contemporary

YANGSHUO BLOSSOM

DREAMS HOTEL

Designed in collaboration with Shenzen-based

Co-Direction Interior Design, Blossom Dreams

Hotel’s boutique hotel in Yangshuo, China,

combines historical and cultural elements with

contemporary sensibility, set against a scenic

backdrop of hills, river and forest.

Located alongside the Yulong River, a water-rafting

transit terminal, the hotel offers guests striking

views and a connection with the local farming

village culture, which in turn brings economic

benefits to residents.

SPACE AND CULTURE

White space, the essence of traditional Chinese art,

is extensively used in the interiors to enhance the

artistic environment and sense of spaciousness.

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Regional characteristics of the Yangshao culture

and traditional Chinese furniture and artworks

have been cleverly integrated in the creation of the

scene, emphasising the power of culture in space

and the hotel’s ties to its local natural environment.

The hotel’s 26 guest rooms are divided according

to different orientations, landscapes and sizes. The

rooms are decorated in black brushed stainless

steel, marble and white stones, with regionalcharacteristic

colour palettes that lend a distinctive

flavour and identity. Floor-to-ceiling French

windows bring the rolling mountains into full view.

ELEGANT TRANQUILITY

The building’s façade adopts a white texture

coating with a rhythmic wood grain grille,

forming a coordinated sequence with traditional

aesthetics. Symmetrical design techniques with

simple lines are used in the lobby, with bamboo

lattice screens spanning wood-panelled columns

and playing off the pale stone floor. Antique

replica chests and chairs fit into this frame, with a

book bar and tea room opening out of the lobby.

The Chinese garden-styled courtyard offers

layered landscapes complete with dry and water

pavilions. It is shrouded by a bamboo forest that

rises 3 to 6 metres high, offering a privacy screen

that also hides an old building that looms close by

on the south side. On the top floor of the hotel,

a viewing courtyard offers a peaceful imaginative

space where guests can unwind and enjoy the

panoramic scenery in the clouds.


Bamboo lattice screen and wood-panelled columns contrast with the pale stone floor

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INTERIORS

Simple lines and symmetrical designs in the lobby

Use of wooden and local elements

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Large French windows bring the mountain scenery into the guest rooms

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

Yangshuo Blossom Dreams Hotel

Location

Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi Province, China

Completion Date

November 2016

Site Area

2,800 square metres

Number of Rooms

26

Owner/Developer

Guangdong Blossom Dreams

Hotel Management Co, Ltd

Architecture Firm

Co-Direction Interior Design

Interior Design Firm

Co-Direction Interior Design

Landscape Design

Co-Direction Interior Design

Decoration Design

Co-Direction Spatial Aesthetics

Principal Designers

Jiang Xiaolin; Min Yao;

Wang Donglei; Qu Yunlong

Design Team

Chen Magui; Song Sen

Images

Jing Xufeng

Bathroom with a view

A fusion of five-star standards, natural scenery and local culture

A rooftop viewing courtyard with panoramic scenery

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INTERIORS

WE NEW DO BEEF

HOT POT RESTAURANT

Beef hot pot is a popular street stall dish, but

WE NEW DO Beef Hot Pot Restaurant aims to serve

the local flavours in a more upscale environment

within the Shenzhen central business district.

The restaurant, designed by Middle Interior Design,

resembles an ‘urban ranch’, complete with green

landscaping and bovine figurines and imageries. A

picture window at the storefront displays fresh beef

being cut, to stimulate the appetite of diners.

The integrated use of red brick, wood, granite and

other materials recreates the streetscapes during

the heydays of the British Industrial Revolution. For

example, the background of the reception area

is inspired by the mechanical typewriter of the

industrial period; a cartoon car becomes a favourite

photo-taking spot; and a dining area is fashioned

as a British train carriage.

A variety of European-style ornaments, such as

gear wall hanging, log iron frame and old-fashioned

phonograph, add a touch of retro elegance in cool

industrial style. Playful themed hanging paintings

and metal chandeliers are matched with leather

rivet furniture and artificial plants—highlighting the

natural primitive elements of a ranch with a hint of

nostalgia.

SPACE DESIGN

A key challenge was carving out different spaces

within this rectangular site for various customers’

needs. Due to its city-centre location, the restaurant

has to cater for high-end customers and business

diners from the surrounding offices. Hence, the

layout includes scattered VIP boxes with meeting

and dining functions, and rooms with foldable

doors that can accommodate department meals

for up to 40 people.

A stage is located at the middle of the main dining

area, and arches are designed between the pillars

of each dining space around the stage. The different

levels help increase the sense of depth and ensure

customers’ views of the stage are not blocked.

For the main dining area, the design team chose

dark marble, which has been flame-surface treated

with anti-slip protection primer to increase friction

as the ground can get slippery and corroded by the

butter from the hot pot.

Serving local flavours in an upscale city-centre location

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Themed décor at the entrance lobby

The dining floor has been treated with anti-slip protection primer

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INTERIORS

Rustic feel with primitive ranch elements

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Storefront with décor and a picture window displaying fresh beef being cut

PROJECT DATA

Project Name

WE NEW DO Beef Hot Pot Restaurant

Location

Modern International Building,

Futian District, Shenzhen, China

Completion Date

October 2016

Site Area

1,700 square metres

Interior Design Firm

Middle Interior Design Shenzhen Ltd

Principal Designer

Xu Simin

Design Team

Lin Jia; Liang En; Cao Yuan

Images

Fan Wenyao

A private dining room catering to the high-end diners

Changing Artificial green roomwalls add to the back-to-nature feel

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INTERIORS

See-through steel and glass walls create space hierarchy and enrich visual translucency

CNYES OFFICE

Time is a key design theme in online financial

media company cnYES’ new Taipei office—as a

nod to the dual fast-paced worlds of Wall Street

and Silicon Valley, and a reminder of the evergreen

adage ‘time is money’.

By integrating antique and modern elements,

designers Waterfrom Design reinvented and

interpreted this theme through the rapidly floating

and changing rhythms of the space.

For example, an abstract timepiece made up of

deconstructed stainless-steel fragments hangs in

the conference room, casting a complete clock

shadow from a certain angle. Set against a stone

wall reminiscent of ancient ruins, it tells a story of

the progressiveness of time from medieval ages

through the industrial era.

More subtly, the conference area is segmented with

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see-through steel parts and glass, creating space

hierarchy and enriching visual translucency that

serves to remove the demarcation separating space

and time. Thanks to movable partition panels that

can be folded into a hidden space, the conference

area can also be quickly transformed into a large

auditorium to accommodate 100 participants.

COLOUR AND STYLE

Gold and blue are picked as the visual keynotes

throughout the office. Gold—as seen in the

reception desk, chairs and floor patterns—

represents aspirations for wealth and prestige. Blue

is found in the ceilings above the main corridor,

an imagery of a river that speaks of wealth as a

fast-flowing stream, as well as the importance of

knowledge and trust in the financial media sector.

Different colours are also used to enhance visual

depth. Hence, the carpet to the glass sector is

grey on the outside, and indigo, with a filter-like

effect, on the inside. The walls of the auditorium

and the hallways are covered with bamboo, with

grains and textures that create special patterns

from the projected lighting.

Wooden freestyle seating in the corridor and

lounge room are available for cosy reading,

discussion and relaxation. A pendulum-like

lamp not only decorates the passage, but

also adds to the atmosphere of the floating

persistence of time.

The chairs and tables in the lounge room are

a combination of practicability and aesthetics.

The movable chairs are equipped with storage

capacity and fit neatly under the blue rectangle

tables, fashioned after the high-back chairs of

medieval Europe, creating a ‘small chair within a

big chair’ nesting effect.


Movable partition panels transform the conference area into a large auditorium

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INTERIORS

Wooden freestyle seating is available along the corridor for cosy reading under ample daylight

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A blue ceiling flows through the office

A deconstructed timepiece set against a stone wall tells a tale of the progression of time

An abstract timepiece made from deconstructed stainless-steel fragments and

casting a clock shadow on the stone wall

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INTERIORS

Gold, one of the main colour themes, symbolises wealth and prestige

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PROJECT DATA

Project Name

cnYES Office

Location

Taipei, Taiwan

Completion Date

March 2016

Gross Floor Area

820 square metres

Client/Owner

cnYES

Interior Design Firm

Waterfrom Design Co Ltd

Designers

Nic Lee; Sam Chung; Richard Kuo

Images

Sam Tsen

The ‘small chair within a big chair’ practical furnishing in the lounge room

Gym Open-plan area office

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STUDENT FEATURE

VISITOR CENTRE

WITH BIOLOGICAL

AND CLIMATOLOGY

DEPARTMENT

Axonometric diagram showing the connection to the surroundings

at different levels, with appropriate programmes

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Outdoor experiments and events can be held in the courtyard of the building

This hypothetical project aims to design a

visitor centre, together with the Biological and

Climatology Department of Chu Hai College of

Higher Education, which can provide an active

and passive learning platform for locals and

tourists.

DESIGN CONCEPT

The main concept of the architectural design is

to encourage people who enter or pass by the

building to acquire knowledge and information

about the eco-environment, climate change and

sustainability.

This semi-public design combines the visitor

centre and academic department, which can

promote better social harmoniousness and

community connection between locals and

visitors from other countries, as well as become a

spot for learning and sharing.

The site is located at the edge of Hong Kong

Park and a commercial area. The building form

acts as an urban connector that connects to

different important locations around the site,

such as Peak Tram Station, bus stop, hotel and

colleges. It provides a better environment and

a shortcut for users who pass by the site every

day. The linkages respond to the users, adding

programmes—such as gallery, workshop and

lecture hall—correspondingly.

The building applies a passive design strategy.

On the ground floor, there are no dominant

walls and blockages, which allows for natural

ventilation. It not only brings benefits to the

building itself, but also to the surrounding park

and buildings. For the storeys above, only the

academic tower needs enclosure. The visitor

tower has no dominant walls, but just slabs

and balustrades, which can help to facilitate

natural ventilation. Besides, the shifting of

slabs allows natural sunlight to permeate into

the lower levels. This not only reduces energy

consumption, but also provides natural light to

users, which is more comfortable and warmer

compared to artificial light.

MATERIALS

Concrete and stucco were chosen as the

main materials because they are simple and

common in Hong Kong. Most of the concrete

elements can be precast in Mainland China and

are of good quality. These relatively cheaper

materials can be put and plugged together in

a simpler and faster way during construction.

The colour of the concrete and stucco is plain

but strong.

CONSTRAINTS

The most serious constraint was the various

levels at the site. However, the level difference

was used as an opportunity to create a specific

building form to fit onto the site. A circular

path was designed like a connector to connect

different levels of the spots, which became a

strong language of the design.

In addition, it was hard to express how the

design can promote social harmoniousness. If

possible, more public facilities can be added

for people to conduct activities in a small

space, which can shorten the distance between

people and create stronger relationships in a

digital world.

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STUDENT FEATURE

An analysis of different visitors who have their own identities

The reading area is not constrained in a room, but in nature with supporting services

The viewing platform is the entrance of the building

PROJECT DATA

Student Name

Lo Shuk Yan, Yan

School

Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Programme

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture

Instructor

Dr Ken Too

Project Name

Visitor Centre with Biological and Climatology

Department

Location

Central, Hong Kong

Site Area

5,520 square metres

Gross Floor Area

5,430 square metres

Number of Rooms

4 lecture halls; 12 classrooms; 4 galleries;

4 conference rooms; 3 laboratories;

2 offices; 1 cafeteria

Building Height

45 metres (5 storeys)

Images

Lo Shuk Yan, Yan

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