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Is conservation the price to pay for urbanisation? In the past few years, we’ve seen Hong Kong lose historic landmarks such as Queen’s Pier, and the Star Ferry piers in Central and Wan Chai. With the city’s rapid urban development, this has led us to ponder whether old and new can ever coexist, which is the theme of this issue: heritage and revitalisation. It has been a trending topic ever since the opening of new art and cultural hub Tai Kwun, our cover story, after a long preservation and rejuvenation initiative.

Housed within a compound of both heritage buildings – including a former police station, magistracy and prison – and contemporary structures, Tai Kwun is probably the most celebrated redevelopment project in Hong Kong, thanks to its unprecedented scale and more than 170 years of history. However, those of you entering the Parade Ground expecting a venue for exhibitions and performing arts may be as astonished as I was to find yourself surrounded by restaurants and shops. I look forward to seeing more floor area dedicated to exhibitions and performances in the future.

The essence of heritage redevelopment is to breathe new life into old structures. The approach taken by the late Australian architect Kerry Hill was not to attempt to rebuild or replicate old structures but to adapt them to fit a new purpose. This issue we cover one of his last projects, Amanyangyun resort in Shanghai, which was partly built from reassembled Ming and Qing dynasty houses, rescued from a dam project 700km away.

Back in Hong Kong, The Mills, though incomparable in scale to Tai Kwun, is an exciting rejuvenation by Nam Fung. It is transforming a cluster of 1960s and ’70s cotton mills, from its own past as a textile manufacturer, into a new cultural complex in Tsuen Wan, due to open officially in December.

Up next, the conservation of Haw Par Mansion – a Grade 1, lavishly decorated, private family mansion built in 1933 and now owned by the government – is nearing completion under the care of Roger Wu, chairman of RIBA’s Hong Kong Chapter. I am beyond excited about its re-opening as a music academy at the end of the year. Let’s hope heritage regeneration, whether public or private, is here to stay.

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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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