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2011 Highlights

Design Awards
This year, the jurors selected 10 submissions for Award distinction. Specifically, (4) awards for Architecture including (3) projects which also received Sustainable Design Award, (2) for Interior Architecture, (2) for Urban Design and (4) for Unbuilt projects.

In addition, two recipients of the AIA Hong Kong Scholastic Award 2011 have been selected by the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The AIA Hong Kong would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the jurors for participation. The jurors for the 2011 Design Awards include:

Mr. Clark D. Manus, FAIA – Jury Chair
2011 National President, The American Institute of Architects
CEO, Heller Manus, San Francisco/Shanghai
Ms. Helen D. Hatch, FAIA
Chair of AlA International Committee, The American Institute of Architects
Principal & VP, Thompson, Ventulette, Stainback & Associates
Mr. Paul Kember, RIBA MCSD
Co-Founder, Director & Senior Architect,
K plus K Associates, Hong Kong
Mr. Dominic Lam, FHKIA
2011-12 President, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Managing Director, Leigh & Orange Ltd., Hong Kong
Dr. Peter Cookson Smith, Hon. AlA HK, MHKIP, HKUlD
2011 President, Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Founder, URBIS Ltd.; VP, HKIUD
Mr. Paul Noritaka Tange
President, Tange Associates,
Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Grover C. Dear Jr., FAIA HKIA LEED AP
Co-Chair, Honors & Awards Committee
Managing Director, Archasia Hong Kong
Mr. Gregory Leong, AlA
Co-Chair, 2011 Honors & Awards Committee
Senior Design Supervisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dr. Christine E. Bruckner, FAIA HKIUD LEED AP BEAM Pro
Technical Advisor, 2011 Honors & Awards Committee
Principal, CEBruckner Architect & Sustainability Consultant, HK

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

Mr. Li Chong Yan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Mr. Lam Kwong Kit, The University of Hong Kong;

Honorary Membership & Citations
Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate Co. Ltd.
Mr. Wang Shi, Chairman
In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for developing the Vanke Center, Shenzhen, designed by Steven Holl Architects as a “horizontal skyscraper” for an office, hotel and exhibition complex that is an innovative hybrid of building, landscape and infrastructure, as well as a triumph of sustainable design.

AlA Hong Kong Honorary Affiliate Membership

Ms. Margaret Brooke, FRICS FHKIS Hon.AIA(HK)
In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as a professional surveyor and outspken advocate for protection of our built and natural environment through her active leadership with Heritage Hong Kong Foundation, Business
Environment Council, Harbourfront Commission, and other vital community organizations.

Mr. Jason Wordie, Hon.AIA(HK)
In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as a leading historian, writer and champion for preservation of the built and cultural heritage of Hong Kong and Macao, through his insightful and provocative books and newspaper columns, as well as popular walking tours of these urban environments.

China World Trade Center, Beijing by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Winner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Award: Merit Award for Architecture

This 330 meter tower is the heart of the China World Trade Center (CWTC), Beijing’s preeminent mixed use development. The master plan and internal site circulation, particularly pedestrian, were carefully developed with the existing CWTC Phase 1 & 2 programs to create a great urban center. The project meets the ground with public gardens, active retail frontages, protected courts, and a green-roofed retail and ballroom podium to bring a sense of urbanity to the CBD.
The 81-story tower includes public lobbies and hotel amenities at the podium levels, Class A offices, and a 5-star China World Hotel Summit Wing on the upper floors. The tapered form and folded glass exterior create an elegantly proportioned tower during the day which is enhanced by the movement of the sun. Projecting fritted glass fins shade the facade and reflect a soft diffused light into the interiors for superior daylighting. The unique LED exterior and crown lighting gives the tower a beautiful and sophisticated silhouette on the evening skyline. Numerous passive and active sustainable features such as angled retail glass reducing solar gain, ice storage, and absorption chillers using waste city heat enable the project to have provisional certification for LEED® Gold.

Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) by Leo A. Daly

Winner: Leo A. Daly
Award: Honor Award for Architecture & Sustainable Design

Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) facility transforms the historic 6,500 sq.m. North Kowloon Magistracy and Jail for its new Hong Kong arts campus.
Design Resolution: Interior redesign, through a three-tiered guideline of design prioritization, achieves a balanced program facility resolution.
Exterior: A detailed heritage assessment guided demolition and building improvements, while infrastructure upgrades achieved sustainability initiatives. Original steel windows, bronze doors, ironmongery and stonework were restored to “best original condition” criteria.

Interior: The Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) and the design team collaborated to review and modernize historically significant elements, code issues and outdated mechanical services. Glass safety guards minimize the visual impact of ornamental railing compliance upgrades, while historically sensitive wall, floor and ceiling finishes were preserved using specialized cleansers and finishes. Select rooms were conserved for interpretative purposes, embracing their creative adaptive reuse and in-situ preservation. Efficient LED lighting merged aesthetics and energy conservation, while new cooling systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and solar-blocking shades contribute to sustainability strategies.

Program: Varied college program needs were adapted to fit within the heritage structure. Classrooms and studios, conference rooms, offices, exhibit galleries, libraries, lounge areas, and materials and data storage rooms, which conform to SCAD arts program needs, are organized on six levels of the building structure.

Social Advancement: Construction tours permitted agencies and professional organizations to view the renovation process of SCAD Hong Kong, which is the first facility restored under AMO preservation guidelines.

Siu Sai Wan Complex, Hong Kong by Ronald Lu & Partners

Winner: Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.
Award: Honor Award for Architecture & Sustainable Design

Comprising a 1000-seat multi-purpose arena, two indoor swimming pools, a library, a table tennis centre, a children’s play room, two combinable activities rooms and a 450-seat community hall, Siu Sai Wan Complex provides leisure and recreational facilities within an iconic green building envelope for residents in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island.

The open and polymorphic architectural form encourages public interaction and minimizes energy consumption. It aims to bring people interaction on streets into the building, starting with the timber-looking sun-shading screens that march from the exterior to the interior. An atrium, designed as a “Vertical Street” is created in the centre where balconies, platforms, bridges, stairs and escalators strategically spiral up and provide access to the different functions at various levels on the two sides of the complex. This “Vertical Street” allows people to view around the building as they travel, with pockets spaces of varying qualities that are flexible to accommodate different possibilities and to encourage the happening of spontaneous events which enrich the liveliness of this building streetscape.

Topped with frosted glass and provided with horizontal sun-shading slats on the two open sides, the atrium is lofty, naturally ventilated and lit with daylight. Energy consumption is dramatically reduced. Green features incorporated elsewhere in the building include automated operable windows for natural ventilation, insulated low-E glazing, external sun-shading devices, green roofs, water cooled chillers, grey water recycling, non-PVC backed carpet, water based paints, service-on-demand escalators, photo-sensor controlled lighting, energy wheels for fresh air intake and solar vacuum tubes for hot water supply.