#1 McDonald's Cultural Evolution
While flashy graphics and plasticky furnishing are de rigueur
for just about any McDonald’s franchise around the globe, the American fast food chain is determined to change that with a set of four “culturally-inspired” designs. Read more
#2 Power Duo: Schamburg + Alvisse In Hong Kong
Australian duo, Marc Schamburg (Bach. Design) and Michael Alvisse (Bach. Architecture) established Schamburg + Alvisse in 1997. In their pursuit to reduce carbon footprint, the design entrepreneurs pioneered the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture – a decade before green standards were embraced by the construction industry. Read more
#3 A Green Initiative
Photo: Keith Chan. Courtesy of Architectural Services Department
The Community Green Station, incepted for the prevention of low value items from descending into landfills, will focus on reusing waste in educational workshops and exhibitions or the act of categorising waste to be sent to licensed recycling entities. The first of 18 such stations is located in Sha Tin, near the Shek Mun MTR, where it was materialised end of 2014 with a modest budget of USD$2.4 million. Read more.
#4 Rosewood Beijing: Oriental Allure
Having designed spaces within Park Hyatt Beijing and Shanghai, and Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, BAR Studio is no stranger to luxury hotel developments within the Asia Pacific region. Adding to its extensive portfolio of luxury hotels, Rosewood Beijing is BAR’s latest entry to the hospitality sector. Completed late 2014, the 283-room hotel is located at the Chaoyang District opposite the iconic CCTV Tower in Beijing. Read more.
#5 Dale Yeo: Hospitable Design
For as long as he can remember, Australian born architect and designer, Dale Yeo has always been fascinated by buildings and interiors, historically and aesthetically. Becoming a designer was a natural course for him – he has always been intrigued by the “intrinsic cultural relationship” between people and the buildings they inhabit. Read more.