Following two successful opening dates last week at the Fringe Club’s Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery in Central, Benoy – the award-winning international architecture and design firm – has moved its Sky Spaces exhibition to ‘The Link Bridge’ at Lincoln House in Taikoo Place. The exhibition starts today and visitors can view the winning designs which aim to humanise Hong Kong’s vertical structures until 1 July 2016.
Two winning entries and two runners up were selected by an international panel including Benoy’s Global Directorship Team, Swire Properties executives Gordon Ongley and Desmond Ng and Peter Rogers of Lipton Rogers Developments.
Simon Bee, Managing Director of Global Design at Benoy comments “The concepts generated through this competition have been original and forward thinking and make a statement about the design of our tall buildings of tomorrow. It has been a great journey for all our entrants and the results have not only impressed the designers in our judging panel, but also the developers who see these designs as viable and creative solutions which spark interest in how we conceive our future high-rise cities.”
Supported by Swire Properties, the fictional competition was based on a live site in the new regeneration district of Kowloon Bay. Entrants were tasked with designing an inspirational contribution for Hong Kong’s new CBD, a new high-rise building with integrated high-level, civic spaces, landscape and an imaginative mix of uses around a core workplace element. The twist to this year’s brief was the adoption of Singapore’s planning codes for the Hong Kong site. Thecompetition was part of the 2nd Annual Peter McCaffery Fellowship; an internal design competition hosted in memory of Benoy’s Global Director.
Jiang Wu, from Benoy’s Shanghai Studio was selected as one of the winning entries to be awarded a trip to travel overseas and explore other high-rise cities implementing similar planning codes. She said “I’m incredibly honoured to have been a part of this competition and to have the opportunity to develop my thinking for tall building design, bringing the human experience to the forefront of the process and creating thriving places for people not only on the ground but up into the higher levels.”
The continued exhibition in Taikoo Place showcases winning designs from the competition across Benoy’s global team and by embracing the planning principles which have been successful in Singapore, the competition entrants have been able to bring forth new thinking for Hong Kong’s future tall buildings. It is with this in mind that Benoy aims to encourage discussion on the planning agenda which currently shapes Hong Kong’s cityscape.