2014 has certainly proven to be an exciting year for design and architecture here in Hong Kong and the region. We look back at the top stories as selected by our readers.
December 24th, 2014
In no particular order…
#1 Joyce Wang’s Stunning New Restaurants
Joyce Wang is one of the most exciting interior designers to emerge in the last four years in Hong Kong. She has the ability to create stunning spaces that are memorable, and, as can be seen in her latest projects, Isono Eatery & Bar and Vasco, exude the shimmering materials and cinematic grandeur that she is becoming recognised for.
If you need further proof of her talent, Wang also bagged two awards at this year’s INSIDE – World Festival of Interiors. Click here.
#2 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2014: The Results
Neri & Hu Design and Research Office won big at this year’s Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, nabbing gold in a total of three categories: Shopping Space, Food Space and Work Space. Sample Space was a particularly tight race, which saw Danny Cheng Interiors’ International Private House being pitted against Elevation Partners Company’s Gramercy – Showflat A. Read more.
#3 World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer: Arnold Chan
It’s hard to imagine that one of England’s most prominent lighting designers fell into the trade “by accident”. Yet that’s how Hong Kong-born Arnold Chan, brains behind London-based award-winning lighting design studio Isometrix, and recipient of this year’s ‘World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer” DFA Award entered the industry. Read more.
#4 Ovolo Southside: Warehouse-to-Hotel Conversion
In 2008, Ovolo Group acquired an unused factory warehouse in the Wong Chuk Hang district that was, up to recently, a rundown industrial zone on the south side of Hong Kong Island.
Six years on, the development opens its doors as Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong’s first warehouse-to-hotel conversion. The neighbourhood itself has undergone urban revitalisation – it is now a ‘gentrified village’ complete with reclaimed heritage buildings, art galleries, restaurants and hip furnishing stores. Read more.
#5 Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Zaha Hadid’s affinity for severe bends and dramatic forms is manifested in the new Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Read more.
#6 Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Still on Zaha Hadid… the architect’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) serves as a cultural hub at the centre of Dongdaemun, a historic district in Seoul that is now renowned for its 24-hour shopping and cafes. Take a stunning visual tour of both the museum and its surrounding neighbourhood.
#7 The Joy of Design: Joey Ho
Likening design to dessert, award-winning Hong Kong based designer Joey Ho tells us how he aims to bring ‘a slice of joy’ to clients and users of the spaces he designs. Read more.
#8 Mongkok Serviced Apartment By Aedas
Aedas looks to Hong Kong’s architectural past to design a serviced apartment in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. Read more.
#9 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture
JJ Acuna travels around the Kwun Tong neighbourhood and picks out some of the Hong Kong highlights at the 2013 Biennale. Read more.
#10 Singapore Indesign 2014
Following the launch of Hong Kong Indesign back in 2013, anticipation was high for the return of the 3rd edition of Singapore Indesign this year. Here were some of the special moments that got your attention – the Tanjong Pagar precinct and The Project.
* Hong Kong Indesign will be returning in November 2015. Find out how you can be part of the event here.
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