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In late May, Perspective travelled to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. This year’s curators – two female Irish architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara – invited architects from around the world to interpret Freespace, the quality, freedom and future of space. Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (featured on this month’s cover), once told Perspective “there’s no freedom in architecture”. This statement now seems more pertinent than ever.

Hong Kong architects have always had a love-hate relationship with space. Often restricted by the city’s limited offerings, they are at the same time often inspired by them. Hong Kong’s Venice Biennale exhibition, Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape, paints an enthralling portrait of our vertical city and its crowded spaces. Comprising more than 100 model towers, the show makes a powerful statement about the progress of Hong Kong’s architecture. Yet, what impressed me most is the deconstruction of the city’s architectural frailties and the poignancy behind high-rise pride, which is both honest and human. And have we done our best to make the most of what nature and geology have given us? Arguably, Hong Kong is one of the most remarkable blends of natural landscape and urbanisation on the globe.

The much-feted exhibition was organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, supported by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the government’s Create Hong Kong. The Venice team included the curatorial team spearheaded by Professor Wang Weijen of The University of Hong Kong, and exhibitors invited from the city, mainland China and overseas. Though the towers are experimental models, Wang, emotional during the exhibition’s opening ceremony, believes all can be realised.

This summer, Perspective hosted its annual 40 Under 40 Awards. Though the programme was conceived to promote local talent and that from the Asia-Pacific region, numerous designers from Europe and further abroad were also awarded this year. Ahead of the ceremony, a forum examined the future of Hong Kong’s waterfront. Themed ‘Harbouring ambitions: shape the future of Hong Kong’s waterfront’, Perspective invited seven professionals from the fields of architecture and design to diagnose problems and suggest solutions. They examined the responsibility of government, developers and architects, and put forward ways of building a connected city. It was encouraging to witness their enthusiasm, and the debate attracted plenty of input from the audience. The discussion engendered cross-functional proposals that were once the preserve of government urban planners; we look forward to an inclusive and above all humanitarian way of planning Hong Kong’s future.

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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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Top of the world

Asecluded development comprising 14 townhouses, Overthorpe sits atop one of the highest points of Victoria Peak and above the fog line, commanding panoramic views of the harbour and the southern parts of Hong Kong Island. Its prestigious location lies within short distance of the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, offering plenty of entertainment and dining options.

With high efficiency ratio of 90 per cent three-storey detached house on offer consists of five bedrooms (three ensuites), a separated living and dining room, four bathrooms, a balcony, a private huge garden and spacious roof, a maid's room, a family room and two covered car parks.

In excellent internal condition, the house is fully and tastefully decorated, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, stylish false ceilings, a private bar area and a fitted, well-equipped kitchen. Different kinds of art pieces create a gallery-like yet simple design in the house.

The development is complete with a communal swimming pool and tennis court Transportation links to the city are convenient, with access to Central District only a 20 minute-drive away. The PeakTram is also dose by.

The house is available for sale by open offer.

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