Major retrospective on Hong Kong Architecture opens in London

To promote and recognize design excellence of Hong Kong architects, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) will be staging their first ever exhibition in London from 31 October to 26 November 2014. The exhibition, entitled “Tall Storeys – Evolution in Hong Kong Architecture – 1965-2014” (“Tall Storeys”) will recount the story of Hong Kong seen through its architecture.

Using materials from the archives of the HKIA, Tall Storeys charts the development of Hong Kong’s distinctive built environment through the HKIA Annual Awards. The exhibition showcases selected projects recognized by the awards and other outstanding projects of architectural significance from 1965 to the present day, presenting them within the original social, economic and regulatory frameworks of the time, with a view to providing visitors with a holistic overview of Hong Kong and its evolution through its architecture.

The 30 architectural works selected from the past 50 years include early projects such as Choi Hung Estate, which pioneered the government’s massive housing programme, and multi-use multi-storey structures such as the Landmark. Recent award-winners include projects for culture, community, education as well as projects in the Mainland China and Germany. Key trends and technical innovations of Hong Kong’s architecture, such as bamboo scaffolding and land reclamation, and building features like the “scissors staircases” will also be highlighted.

Ms Ada Fung, President of the HKIA, said:

“To celebrate the HKIA Annual Awards’ 50th anniversary, we would like to share with our international counterparts Hong Kong architects’ mastery in solving space and density challenges, which is a worldwide issue.”

“The diverse knowledge and background of our architects makes them flexible collaborators in the international arena. London is the starting point for international outreach. We hope to take this as opportunity to promote the ongoing dialogue for closer collaboration between Hong Kong and UK architects.”

Coinciding with the “Hong Kong Week in London”, the Opening Ceremony of the exhibition will be held at 10:30am on 31st October 2014, officiated by The Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr John Tsang at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (66 Portland Place, London).

Architecture professionals and members of the public are welcome to take part in two opening forums with the themes of “Reconnecting Cultures” and “High Density Cities – Hong Kong Typologies “, featuring distinguished architects such as Mr Rocco Yim, BBS, JP of Rocco Design Architects, Mr Toby Denham of TFP Farrells, Mr Christopher Law of The Oval Partnership and Mr Remo Riva of P&T Architects & Engineers. They will discuss the historical development and consider the future of Hong Kong architecture, through sharing of personal experience and insight.

Tall Storeys is organized by HKIA and supported by RIBA, with Create Hong Kong office of the HKSAR Government as the leading sponsor. The exhibition is produced by Sky-Yutaka Architecture and Design and will be opened to public for free admission Mondays to Saturdays from 31 October to 26 November 2014 at 10am to 5pm.

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