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2010 Highlights

Design Awards
This year, the jurors selected 12 submissions for Merit Award distinction. Specifically, (4) for Architecture including (2) projects which also received Sustainable Design Award, (4) for Interior Architecture, (1) for Urban Design and (3) for Unbuilt projects.

In addition, four recipients of the AIA Hong Kong Scholastic Award 2010 have been selected by the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tongji University and Tsinghua University.

The AIA Hong Kong would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the jurors for participation. The jurors for the 2010 Design Awards include:
Professor Yung Ho Chang, Hon AIA HK, Founding Principal Architect, Atelier Fei chang Jian zhu
Dean Ralph Lerner, FAIA, HKIA, Dean of Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
Mr Bernard Lim, FHKIA, HKIUD Founding Principal, AD+RG (Architecture Design and Research Group)Founding President, HKIUD (Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design)
Ms Christine Loh Kong-Wai, Hon AIA HK, JP, OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Civic Exchange
Mr Patrick T Onishi, AIA Senior Regional Director, AIA Northwest & Pacific Region
Dr Christine E Bruckner, AIA, HKIUD, LEED AP, Professional Advisor, AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Committee
Mr Gregory Leong, AIA, Chairman, AIA Hong Kong Honors & Awards Committee

Scholastic Awards
The AIA Hong Kong is pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of AIA Hong Kong Scholastic Awards are:

Mr. Li Kwan Ho, Felita, The Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Mr. Ho Hung Lai, Wesley, The University of Hong Kong;
Mr. Kang Xiao Pei, Tongji University, Shanghai.

Chapter Citations: The AIA Hong Kong is pleased to announce this year’s Chapter Citations recipients are:

Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture
Professor Edward Ng and Team

In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for the design and construction of a cological demonstration village school in Maosi, Gansu Province, China, that relies on traditional building materials and techniques to create energy saving sustainable architecture with optimal thermal performance in the extreme climate conditions.

Thomas Schmidt, AIA
Architect, author and illustrator

In recognition of significant achievement in promoting the values of cultural heritage, eco-tourism and vernacular architecture in the Chapter’s region, such as Borneo and Sumatra, through educational graphic novels in the Bumbling Traveler adventure series that are richly informed through detailed research and vividly portrayed by exquisitely hand-drawn illustrations.

Landmark East by Arquitectonica

Winner: Arquitectonica
Award: Merit Award for Architecture

Landmark East is a Grade-A high-rise, two-tower office development that rises from a dense urban site in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong. Kwun Tong, historically an industrial and light manufacturing district supporting the old Kai Tak airport, is in the process of urban regeneration and Landmark East is the flagship project leading the process.

The slender rectilinear slabs that form the tower volumes are derived from the long narrow plot. The towers respond to the site, rising above the adjacent buildings in a slender, elegantly moving motion reminiscent of bamboo swaying gently in the wind. The idea was to differentiate the buildings from the static neighbourhood in creating a dynamic form that clearly defines the towers from their surroundings.

The rectangular floor plates of both towers provide efficiency and allow side cores to the north. This in turn orientates the office floors to the south, taking advantage of the privileged views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island beyond. The orthogonal tower forms have been segmented in section creating a series of interlocking parallelogram slabs. This arrangement emphasizes the sensation of movement and conveys lightness to the towers, forming a strong, dramatic, unified identity for the development.

International Commerce Centre by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Winner: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Award: Merit Award for Architecture

The winning entry in an international design competition, KPF’s118-story ICC tower sets new standards for both scale and sustainability in building design. The tower accommodates offices, residences, a 360 degree observation deck, and the world’s tallest hotel. The tower is the centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project. The Union Square project includes a new urban center with residential, office, retail, hotel and recreation spaces, as well as a new transportation hub, Kowloon Station, which connects Hong Kong to Chep Lap Kok airport. The ICC tower, the tallest building in Hong Kong, accents this new development and provides a new model of green urban design.

The tower’s subtly tapered re-entrant corners and the gently sloped curves at its base are designed to optimize its structural performance. These curves splay out at the base of the tower, rooting the tower in its surroundings, while creating sheltering canopies on three sides, and a dramatic atrium on the north side. The atrium gestures towards the rest of the development and serves as a public connection space for retail and rail station functions.

Hong Kong International School, Middle School Annex by Nelson Chen Architects Ltd.

Winner: Nelson Chen Architects Ltd.
Award: Merit Award for Architecture Sustainable Design Award

Additions and alterations at HKIS have offered a unique opportunity to capture space where land was unavailable for new buildings. Notwithstanding the recent vintage of existing facilities (High School built in 1989; Middle School in 1994), a heritage conservation-like design approach was adopted so that the new additions would blend visually with the original campus outlook. Completed in 2007, rooftop extensions were added to both the High School and Middle School, now enclosed by lightweight metal structures and roofs. The sleek steel-and-glass extensions promoted transparency with minimal visual impact to the scale of existing buildings, which were originally finished in brick tiles and painted concrete.

Amidst this context, in 2009, a free-standing addition of 8-storeys was built on a steeply-sloping site adjoining the main entrance circle to the Middle School. This new annex provides additional classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as administrative space for the Head of School, Admissions Office and other departments totalling 37,530 sq.ft.

Visually, the new annex seamlessly incorporates the brick-and-concrete base as well as steel-and-glass top of the existing school buildings. Its strategic location enhances main entrance with a more prominent identity and arrival at the Middle School, while enjoying expansive views of the recreation field and foothills to the southwest and sea views to the northeast. Furthermore, the new annex is the first educational building in Hong Kong to receive a Platinum Award from the HK-BEAM sustainable design rating system, as well as Certificate from the 2010 Hong Kong Quality Building Awards.