An exhibition featuring architectural works from the past 50 years' Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Annual Awards has opened in London
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) has launched the Tall Storeys: Evolution in Hong Kong Architecture — 1965-2014 exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) premises in London.
The exhibition will run till 26 November 2014 and is open to the public for free every Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm at the Practice Space of RIBA which is located at 66 Portland Place, London.
Thirty architectural works are featured in the exhibition, selected from the past 50 years' HKIA Annual Awards, including early projects such as Choi Hung Estate, which pioneered the government's massive housing programme to meet urgent needs as a result of an influx of migrants from mainland China and the Shek Kip Mei fire; and multi-use multi-storey structures such as the Landmark.
Key trends and technical innovations of Hong Kong's architecture, such as bamboo scaffolding and land reclamation, and building features like the 'scissors staircases' are also highlighted.
Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang opened the exhibition, accompanied by HKIA president Ada Fung and RIBA president Stephen Hodder. "Tall Storeys is Hong Kong's history over the last half a century told through its architecture," Tsang said. "It is also a salute to unique Hong Kong spirits such as pragmatism and innovation, which saw us through many challenges such as the massive housing needs in the '60s."
Fung noted that Hong Kong architects have accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in high density developments that feature strong connectivity and efficiency, with plenty of developments in and around transportation hubs with relatively small eco-footprint in this age of sustainability.
Following the opening ceremony, lecture sessions featured speakers such as Rocco Yim, of Rocco Design Architects; Toby Denham of TFP Farrells; Christopher Law of The Oval Partnership; and Remo Riva of P&T Architects & Engineers. Topics included Reconnecting Cultures
and High Density Cities
, in which the speakers exchanged views and ideas on the historical development of Hong Kong architecture and shared insights on its future developments.More details are available at www.hkiaarchitecture.com