AIA Hong Kong’s first building tour of the year will feature Bing Thom Architect’s University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong, soon to be the University’s new Asian hub and home to its renowned Booth School of Business.
1st Quarterly Meeting – Global Institutional Architecture and Local Heritage Sites: The University of Chicago Hong Kong Center
In order to expand on this year’s theme: AIAHK20++, the Chapter’s first Quarterly Meeting will reinforce our role in promoting AIA members’ design and professional practice through an in-depth discussion of the University of Chicago Hong Kong Center project.
The Center, construction on which started in June 2016, is already home to the Chicago Booth Executive MBA Program in Asia. It will eventually host workshops and conferences for scholars from across the academic spectrum as well as the University’s first undergraduate study-abroad program in Hong Kong, and joins the University’s Centers in Delhi, Beijing, London and Paris in bringing together researchers and students for interdisciplinary collaboration.
The design by Bing Thom Architects skilfully weaves the campus into the contours of Mount Davis, touching down only at points of least intrusion. The historic Pok Fu Lam hillside site was originally part of the Jubilee Battery, in the late 1930s and 1940s, then a British Army Royal Engineers’ mess and quarters in the 1950s, and, still later, a detention center. Highlights of the project include adaptive reuse of several key heritage buildings and the design also features an abundance of greenery with panoramic views of Hong Kong Harbor.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with principals of Bing Thom Architects and leaders of both the University of Chicago and Hong Kong’s Antiquities Advisory Board moderated by Philip Liao, AIA, founding partner of Philip Liao & Partners, who is also a founding member of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.
This event is intended to be a tribute to the celebrated architect Bing Thom, AIA, who passed away last year and who was a friend and long time supporter of our Chapter.
Seeing, perceiving, imagining and rendering. Architecture begins with observation, inspiration, a dot and a line, sketches and analysis that become future buildings and future cities. Volunteers from the AIA will join design students from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) as well as local primary school students to mentor and lead a “draw the city” workshop in an exploration of architectural seeing and sketching.
Additional Notes: Outdoor event – dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, we will seek nearby shelter. All participants should bring their own drawing materials.
Join AIA Hong Kong for a unique hard hat tour of the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed, fifth hotel tower at Macau’s City of Dreams.
With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square meters, the latest hotel at City of Dreams houses approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The design was conceived as a single “sculptural element” with two towers united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure. The effect is that the rectangular outline of the site is extruded as a monolithic block with a series of voids that carve through the centre, merging traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that defines many of the hotel’s internal public spaces.
Criswell Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and currently serves on the Patient Advisory Council for a new cancer treatment hospital in Dayton, Ohio. As a member of this council he brings his vast American hardwood industry experience to the process of creating healing spaces for cancer patients who follow in his footsteps.
In this talk to the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, Criswell will present the historical context of using sustainable American hardwoods in interior design with a focus on the relationship between humans and natural timber finishes in Health Care environments. He will cite the many benefits to patients treated in those spaces and will also discuss “biophilic design” and how sustainable American hardwoods can play a key role in these design applications. <for more photos, please click HERE
It is with deepest sadness to inform our members the passing of Bing Thom, a visionary, humanistic architect and a gentleman of the finest quality.
We would like to share Mrs. Bonnie Thom’s tribute with you.
Bing Thom was a good friend and supporter of the AIA Hong Kong Chapter.
He had met with many of us in 2013 when he gave a memorable lecture at the Asia Society on his design of the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera at the West Kowloon Cultural District.
We share below a few photos of him from that event.