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It takes a Herculean effort and months of hard work to put together an awards show, not to mention two. This past November, Perspective had a number of ‘firsts’ in its 18-year history. With a dedicated team and a good measure of blind faith, we organised the first-ever A&D China Awards in Shenzhen (with less than a year of preparation) and hosted the A&D Trophy Awards – back to back within one week. This could not have been achieved without the dedication and contribution of every member of our team. I cannot thank them enough, and could not be more proud of ourselves for making the impossible possible.

It may be a little egotistical to say the two award presentations were an unprecedented success, but judging from the overwhelmingly positive feedback and praise we received from winners and guests alike, they indeed were. Both exceeded our expectations, and were crowned with record submissions and attendance. The biggest compliment came from architect Christian Low of SB Architects, who said, “Perspective is popular, maybe more popular than you know you are.” Approval such as this will drive us to strive for even greater award presentations in the future. Look out for a report on both awards in our January/February 2019 combination issue.

Speaking of the impossible, we have witnessed some infrastructural wonders in – and out of – Hong Kong in the last two months: the Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. In this issue, we take a closer look at the West Kowloon Station along with the longest sea-crossing bridge on Earth, both of which represent major improvements to the connections between Hong Kong and mainland China. But a note of caution is required: some regard these schemes as white elephants. Only time will tell. And on our cover this month we have renowned architectural designer Barrie Ho, who is unveiling his game plan for the next 20 years.

December is all about celebration. At the festive season gets underway, we asked a few designers for some fabulous Christmas gift ideas which, we hope, will inspire and entertain you. It remains for me to wish you a joyous holiday and many happy returns.

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The height of achievement

Each year, we spend a considerable but enjoyable amount of time reviewing the best designs that Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific and beyond have to offer. The result of this process is the A&D Trophy Awards. Recognising excellence in architecture, interiors and product design for both professionals and students, the awards ceremony has grown into a must-attend event for the industry.

This year, we’ve seen a boom in the interior design category, in terms of both quantity and quality. China has topped the list, with projects not only in major metropolises such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, but also second-tier cities like Suzhou, Changsha and Wuhan. The country’s creativity has survived and thrived despite government moves to discourage the more extreme examples of architecture. Neri&Hu, headquartered in Shanghai, continues to lead the field, having been crowned last year’s grand winner. Beijing’s INS Architecture Studio, Shenzhen-based Matrix Interior Design, to name just two, are among the many practices acknowledged by the international judging panel.

Hong Kong has long been a gateway between China and the rest of the world, not only for commerce but also for ideas. Cheng Chung Design, helmed by Hong Kong-born Joe Cheng, seeks to redefine China’s hospitality scene with bold and innovative schemes for Shenzhen Marriott Nanshan Hotel and Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou. Designers from across Asia, as well as America and Europe, have also showcased their own strong regional influences.

One thing that all our judges agreed upon was the healthy state of the design industry, noting in particular the advances in environmentally-friendly building technology and that which takes the well-being of users into account.

It remains for us to say a big thank you to our judges, and congratulations to all our winners.

Leona Liu

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