Fifteen projects receive gold and silver prizes in the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards 2015 professional category
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium and Awards (CADSA) 2015 took place on 28 March at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, unveiling recipients of the Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards (CADA) 2015 and promoting innovative dialogues on cross-strait architecture through a symposium.
Over 200 nominations competed for the professional category of the awards. Architecture and design firms Aedas and Atelier TeamMinus were the big winners for the professional category, taking home two prizes each.
Aedas won a gold for the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in the commercial: offices category and a silver for the Revitalisation Project at Mallory Street/ Burrows Street, Wan Chai in the community, culture, religion and recreational projects category.
Meanwhile, Atelier TeamMinus took home a gold for the Jianamani Visitor Center in the community in the culture, religion and recreational projects category and a silver for the Andongwei Fishing Rope and Net Market Renovation in the unbuilt projects, architectural design scheme category.
Eleven other projects received gold or silver prizes, as shown in the table below.
In addition, a student category debuted in the CADA this year, to promote exchange amongst architecture students in the cross-strait regions and to serve as a platform for nurturing future architects. Nearly 100 nominations were received.
Wu Pei Yu took home the only gold prize with the project titled The Seed Plan Of Adiri Tribe, while Zhang Zhuan and Jiang Hejia won silver prizes with Joint and Urban Transplantation-Challenging The Blocked Community Typology In HK respectively.
Paul Chu Hoi Shan, co-chair of the student category committee, CADSA 2015, and honorary treasurer of the HKIA, and Corrin Chan Chui Yi, co-chair of the student category committee and chairlady of the promotion committee, CADSA 2015, and council member of the HKIA, say, "We are amazed by the high standard and quality of the works submitted by the students. It will be a good competition to lay down the foundation for their future success."
Leslie Lu Lam, chairman of the awards committee, CADSA 2015, says, "The CADA 2015 is organised to take a snapshot of the state of our contemporary Asian-Chinese art of architecture in the context of history, locality and geo-politics and economics. While there are tremendous differences amongst cross-strait architectural cultures, remarkable and continual efforts to interpret and present unique cultural character have made tremendous stride towards the location of cultural identity while simultaneously embracing social responsibility, ecological sensitivity, working creatively in face of diminishing resources."
A symposium, which served as a vital platform to assemble eminent and well experienced architects from the cross-strait regions together, was held earlier in the day. Renowned local and overseas architects including Dr. Rocco Yim Sen Kee, co-founder of Rocco Design Architects, Bryant Lu Hing Yiu, vice chairman of Ronald Lu & Partners Hong Kong, and Professor Joan Busquets, an architect from the Harvard University, participated in the symposium.
Benny Chan Chak Bun, chairman of the symposium committee, CADSA 2015, and council member of the HKIA, says, "The HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Symposium has become an important occasion for the architects in the Mainland, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong to exchange dialogue and learn from each other, in order to facilitate the elevation of architectural design in the cross-strait regions towards the international arena."
Daniel Chi Wuh Cherng, chairman of the CADSA 2015 organising committee, who is also the honorary secretary of the HKIA, remarks that the CADSA 2015 was held with great success with enormous support from the architectural sectors and academic institute.
CADSA 2015 was organised by HKIA, in collaboration with the Guangzhou Association of Geotechnical Survey & Engineering Design, Shenzhen Registered Architects Association, Taipei Architects Association and The Architects Association of Macau. It was sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).