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2012 Highlights

Design Awards
This year, the jurors selected four submissions for Award distinction. Specifically, (1) Merit Awards for Architecture, (1) Merit Award for Interior Architecture, (1) Merit Award for Urban Design and (1) Merit Award for Sustainable Design.

In addition, two recipients of the AIA Hong Kong Scholastic Award 2012 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:

Prof. Gregory A. Kessler, AIA NCARB – Jury Chair
Senior Regional Director, AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Director, School of Design and Construction, Washington State University
Mr. Rafael Viñoly, FAIA JIA SCA IntFRIBA
Principal, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
Ms. Margaret Brooke, Hon. AIA (HK) FRICS FHKIS RPS
CEO, Professional Property Services Ltd.
Convener, Heritage Hong Kong Foundation (HHKF)
Mr. Robert Forest, AIA RIBA OAA LEED AP
Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP
Mr. Yan Meng
Principal, Urbanus Architecture & Design
Mr. Gregory Leong, AIA
Co-Chair, 2012 Honors & Awards Committee
Dr. Christine E. Bruckner, FAIA HKIUD LEED AP BEAM Pro
Technical Advisor, 2012 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. Wilton Hugh Ip, The Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Ms. Ngan Ching Ying, The University of Hong Kong;

Honorary Membership & Citations
The AIA Hong Kong is pleased to announce this year’s Honorary Members and Chapter Citations recipients.

AlA Hong Kong Chapter Citation

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Mr. Ronnie Chan, Chairman
In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region for developing the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (designed by Tod Williams / Billie Tsien Architects) as a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub that showcases the successful integration of heritage conservation, adaptive reuse and contemporary architecture at the historic site of the Former Explosives Magazine compound.

Green Glass Green Project
Ms. April Lai, Coordinator
In recognition of significant contributions in the Chapter’s region to promote public awareness for a more sustainable environment as initiated by The Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association with support from the Hong Kong Government Environment and Conservation Fund in the organized collection of discarded glass bottles in Hong Kong and recycling into ecological paving bricks.

Roger Ho Yao-Sheng (1962 – 2011)
Mr. Kwok Wai Lau, Executive Director
In posthumous recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as the author of numerous books on street markets, festivals and other aspects of intangible Hong Kong heritage; as co-founder of the Central and Western Concern Group, which campaigned vigorously for the conservation of heritage sites in Central; and for inspirational leadership of the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage.

AlA Hong Kong Honorary Affiliate Membership

Dr. Lynne D. DiStefano, PhD, HKICON, Hon. AIA(HK)
In recognition of distinguished achievement in the Chapter’s region as a leading advocate for heritage conservation in multiple roles, most notably as co-founder and professor of the University of Hong Kong Architectural Conservation Programme, founding president of Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists, and world heritage advisor to ICOMOS and UNESCO.

Distinguished Service Award

Christine E. Bruckner, PhD, FAIA, HKIUD, LEED AP, BEAM Pro
In recognition of dedicated and collaborative leadership as Chapter President in 2009-10 and 2012, as well as for significant contributions in promoting international outreach and advocating for sustainable design in our Chapter’s region.

Renovation of China Resources Building, Hong Kong by Ronald Lu & Partners

Winner: Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Award: Merit Award for Sustainable Design

China Resources Building (CRB) was erected in 1983 and to demolish such a contemporary icon would be to take away a vital part of the city’s skyline. Instead, this renovation acts as a catalyst for urban improvements in Wanchai North and shows that greening an existing office building is technically feasible and cost effective.

CRB is the first renovation project to achieve LEED Core & Shell Gold Rating in Hong Kong. Not only will the greener CRB reduce cost and energy consumption, the improved air quality provides a better interior environment for its users. To attain such a green icon, both the design and construction consideration play an essential role during the renovation process.

The tower’s original skin of white mosaic tiles is being dressed up by a new curtain will to reduce solar gain. Only 5% of solar energy will be transmitted into the interior and lead to a reduced cooling load for improved energy efficiency. Materials of the new curtain wall are regionally manufactured thus minimizing the carbon footprint resulting from their transportation. At the same time, the project world reuse 95% of its existing structural walls, floors and roofs to extend the life cycle of the building stock. The adopted construction waste management plan would recycle at least 50% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from disposal. Shaded areas, solar reflective paving and a new podium garden will reduce the building’s contribution to the heat island effect.

Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan, Nanhu, China by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Winner: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Award: Merit Award for Urban Design

The master plan for Nanhu integrates the city’s agricultural backdrop with transit access and urban amenities to create an interconnected, compact, and pedestrian-friendly village. Shared public areas encourage social activity and movement through the neighborhoods.

More than 700 hectares of the entire site is comprised of farmland that utilizes obsolete and inefficient farming systems, causing significant soil degradation and environmental damage. Working closely with the client and the government, the Nanhu New Country Village Master Plan was developed to implement current agronomy technology and more sustainable farming practices into the existing culture. Reform policies are being introduced into the overall reorganization of the city’s farm management system in an effort to remedy the significant environmental issues. The plan is also focused on remediating canal network contamination and reducing water usage throughout the wetland ecosystems. This collaborative local effort shall continue to transform this city into a more livable community and serve as a model for future development in agricultural regions throughout China.

Queensway Connection / LAB Concept, Hong Kong by CL3 Architects Ltd.

Winner: CL3 Architects Ltd.
Award: Merit Award for Interior Architecture

The Queensway Plaza was a retail mall built in 1980 by the Hong Kong government as part of the Mass Transit connection system. In 2010, it was leased to the young fashion mega store LAB concept which warranted a complete renovation.

The unique project blends interior design with an urban solution quite unique to Hong Kong. Used as part of a raised footbridge linkage system that connects pedestrians to numerous office towers, the subway system and bus terminus, this mega store occupies an area of 4,512m² and a length of 2,220 meters within this pedestrian thorough fare, which has to remain open beyond the opening hours of the department store. Large pivot doors,
traditional Hong Kong style sliding gates and electric shutters are devises used for the transformation from a pedestrian passage during afterhours to an open, contemporary and vibrant retail environment that contains cosmetic vending machines and ATM machines. Choice materials and design has to be durable, sustainable and able to connect the civic function with the retail environment.

Lantern Wonderland 2011,
Hong Kong by CL3 Architects Ltd.

Winner: CL3 Architects Ltd.
Award: Merit Award for Architecture

Lantern wonderland is a special project for the celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival. Measuring 37 m x 16.6 m high x 9 m, and consists of over 2,500 small lanterns, this structure received a Guinness Book World record and was visited by over 150,000 people. Traditionally, the fish in the Chinese culture is a symbol for prosperity and abundance, and therefore has always been used as an icon in celebrations and also in art and everyday objects.

The base of the fish is constructed with timber logs to form 5 giant “A” frames, which then supports the fish body. Raised 3.5 meters above ground, and consists of a cage completely weaved out of about 2,000 sticks of bamboo, the entire structure, based on traditional Hong Kong scaffolding techniques, is held together with hand tied knots, so not a single nail is employed. The entire display has to be constructed in 12 days and taken down in 3 days, which makes the bamboo technique the only sustainable and viable construction method. Nevertheless, full compliance with building and fire safety has to be met. All materials used are sustainable. The flooring has been recycled over 20 years as temporary flooring Chinese opera structures.