HKGBC Director appointed to board of directors of World Green Building Council

The HKGBC announced that Ada Fung Yin-suen, BBS, JP, is appointed to the Board of Directors of World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) for a two-year term from 1 July 2018. An architect by profession, Fung is active in the architectural field as well as in the construction industry. In her career as Deputy Director of […]

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Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong

As home prices continue to escalate in the world’s most expensive property market, fear of the ability to provide a basic shelter over one’s head continues to grow, and the provision of sufficient affordable housing has been one of the major challenges faced by the government of Hong Kong today. While the soaring demand for […]

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Timothy Beatley


CL: WOHA won the Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award last night (17 July 2018) for Oasia Hotel Downtown, so it was interesting to see you referencing their project in your talk this morning. TB: That is wonderful to hear and very well deserved. WOHA’s work is inspiring and gives the world a sense […]

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Huaku Sky Garden


The beauty of Huaku Sky Garden lies in the twin towers’ architecture that seems at once delicate (due to their slim forms) and strong in the symmetrical structural frame (referencing traditional Chinese latticed screens) done in multiple scales, the repetition articulating the structural delight. The project’s location at the base of the foothills of Yangming […]

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Ccasa Hostel


A five-minute walk from the beach, Ccasa Hostel is the first hostel in Nha Trang, Vietnam that was built from shipping containers. What immediately draws the eye are the colourful repurposed steel containers that lend a charming vibe to the establishment. In Spanish, casa means home, and Ccasa (pronounced as C-casa) is short for Container Casa—a container […]

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Artists Retreat


ARTISTS RETREAT The clients—contemporary Sri Lankan artist JC Ratnayake and his wife, Tanuja, a printmaker—wanted a multifunctional space that would serve as a residence, work space, art storage and gallery. The budget was low; hence the brief called for a contextual design with cost-effective measures that would reflect their simple lifestyle and aesthetic sensibility. Situated […]

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FGLA 2019 Merit: VH House


The plot of the house is relatively narrow, 16 metres (length) by 4.1 metres (width), a typical size for local houses. Hanoi’s tube house floor plan is designed to maximise the number of rooms by using 100 per cent of the built-up area. Here, buildings are constructed next to each other, wall to wall, with […]

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Two places, one space


HOMEGROWN NEIGHBOURHOODS The Kule family lives in a small brick house on a hillside in the suburbs of Mumbai. They are part of a majority of Mumbaikars who reside in settlements officially designated as ‘slum areas’. The Kules belong to a farmers’ caste from the Konkan, a region that stretches for hundreds of kilometres from […]

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