Barrie Ho Architecture (BHA) celebrates 18 years of establishment with a homecoming exhibition in Hong Kong about incubation architecture. Founder Barrie Ho speaks to Perspective about the highlights of the exhibition
What should we expect to see in the exhibition?
The upcoming Incubation Architecture exhibition at the Fringe Club hopes to introduce a wide range of models on different scales with architectural drawings and videos to explain the construction procedures, as well as an update of our recent architectural projects. Some of our staff and I will be there to explain the design development and different stages of our projects, from Qianhai to Chongqing and Zhongxian, and how this incubational architecture reflects current architectural situations as well as Hong Kong's architectural phenomenon.
How is the idea of incubation architecture manifested in the projects?
There are many new architectural projects in mainland China, due to its strong economy. I should mention incubation architecture: the mainland has huge spaces where we can build horizontally, and the concepts of incubators and accelerators, originated from the US, can be implemented across the country.
More importantly, a new architectural topic called e-sports stadium, which is still vague and immature, is developing. We came up with a number of hypothetical design solutions but adopt a rather holistic design to build the project at a fast-track speed. That also reflects the economic growth in China, and this can be reflected in the architecture we design in both Hong Kong and mainland China.
How many projects will be showcased in the exhibition?
We will be very selective with six projects – three from the mainland and three from Hong Kong. It's a good mix, with details of the analytical approach and diagrams to tell visitors about our collective thinking for these projects. These six will be the best six.
BHA hosted the first part of the exhibition at the RIBA headquarters in London. Did you gain any insights, and are there any new elements you will add here?
This year is the 18th anniversary of BHA. The first part was exhibited at RIBA. At that time, we showcased just four, but judging from the response in London, people love to see Hong Kong's architectural phenomenon. So when we move it back to Hong Kong, we will add two local projects – Genesis and the Conference Lodge. This will give visitors some idea of the scale of our projects on the mainland and in Hong Kong, and the way we build vertically in Hong Kong and horizontally in China. That will create an interesting contrast and tension between the two places.
BHA Incubation Architecture exhibition
Date: December 2-30, 2017
Time: 10:00am-10:00pm (Mondays to Saturdays except public holidays)
Venue: The Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong