Benoy has just announced the winners of its 2nd annual Peter McCaffery Fellowship, and the works will be on display in Hong Kong at an exhibition titled Sky Spaces
Named in honour of the firm’s previous global director who passed in 2014, this year, there were 42 submissions by 65 entrants from across eight of its global studios. Supported by Swire Properties, Benoy challenged the architectural minds of its global design team to apply Singapore's planning regulations – that promote landscape replacement – to create new models of green, high-rise, mixed-use buildings in Hong Kong.
Simon Bee, managing director of global design at the firm remarked, "As our cities get taller and denser, how we humanise these vertical structures and inject great spaces, not only on the ground but also at higher levels, becomes ever more important."
This year's competition is based on a live site in the new regeneration district of Kowloon Bay, bringing an element of realism to the brief. Entrants were asked to submit designs for a contemporary mixed-use tower, reaching a maximum of 175m. Assessing height, massing, programme mix, functionality and public realm, the submissions needed to be an inspirational contribution to Hong Kong's newest CBD, with the twist being the applicants adoption of Singapore's planning principles in the creation of the building.
Overall, the entries helped to show that highly imaginative, public realm and landscape enhanced, vertical structures are possible under flexible planning codes, such as those in Singapore. With this in mind, Benoy aims to encourage discussion on the planning agenda which currently shapes Hong Kong's cityscape.
The Fellowship submissions were judged 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.
The winning entrants will receive £7,500 to travel anywhere in the world to photograph tall buildings. The runners-up will be flown to Tokyo, Japan for a two-night trip to similarly capture the city's high-rise architecture.
Sky Spaces, the supporting exhibition from the event, will be held on 15 and 16 June 2016 at the Fringe Club's Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery in Central. Following this, the exhibition will move to The Link Bridge at Lincoln House in Taikoo Place from 20 June to 1 July 2016.
• Jiang Wu – Shanghai
Jiang Wu’s design, entitled Cloud Walk, celebrates greenery by bringing it centre stage within the built environment. From here, the landscape that she has developed is intertwined with the building's façade, creating natural, highly sensory spaces at high levels. The concept behind these spaces or 'Vertical Parks' are a series of multi-functional areas called 'Share Boxes', which are essentially adaptable platforms able to support a wide range of programmes, from gyms to cafes, meeting rooms to event spaces and more.
• Jess Wilkinson & Clarissa Wenborn – Newark
This duo from the UK call their collaborative design Street in the Sky. The concept elevates the principles of a streetscape to higher levels in the form of a 'Street Box' and introduces an element of horizontal movement in an otherwise vertical format. This helps encourage social interaction through a vibrant mix of public functions, including a sky park, restaurants, bars and a conference centre.
• Kin Chun Ma & Charlotte Law – Hong Kong
• Hieu Dao & Javier de Santiago – Singapore
• Ricky Lee – Hong Kong
• Guido Bigolin – Singapore
• Lancelot Ng & Mavis Yip – Hong Kong
• Michael Jia & David Baik – Shanghai
• Jason Clark & Andrew Everitt – Newark
• Prudence Lai & Regina Ng – London