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Perspective founded the A&D Trophy Awards in 2004 to promote the best in architecture and design, and to recognise the dedicated teams behind extraordinary projects and designs. Fourteen years on, it has become one of the most significant and respected design awards in the region. This year, we decided to explore new territory with the first A&D China Awards to celebrate the booming design and architecture scenes in Greater China region, and hopefully to take the awards to another level.

For the Pinnacle Award of the 15th edition of the A&D Trophy Awards, we wanted to celebrate the achievement of someone who has contributed extensively and notably to the industry, whose work is widely recognised, but who might not necessarily be a household name. The recipient, Ronald J Phillips, has a special bond with Hong Kong and has certainly made an outstanding achievement in design and architecture.

Phillips worked as an architect for the Hong Kong Government in the 1950s and ’60s and was responsible for such iconic buildings as City Hall, the Star Ferry Concourse, the Murray Building and the redevelopment of Kai Tak Airport Terminal. He told me personally that Hong Kong holds a very special memory for him and his three sons after his 13-year tenure. It couldn’t be a better time to pay tribute to a professional who left such momentous footprints in Hong Kong half a century ago: the Murray Building, highly regarded for its energy efficiency, has been converted into the ultra-luxurious hotel The Murray, Hong Kong that opened earlier this year. Phillips was also one of 27 architects who founded the Hong Kong Society of Architects, which later became the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

We live in a fast-moving world where sharing is the new code of practice in the workplace. Office environments have advanced and evolved remarkably, and this issue devotes considerable coverage to co-working and the new shared-space office ecology that is gaining traction, particularly in Hong Kong and Asia. We decode the emergence of this global phenomenon of shared office spaces, examine its design, operation and many affiliated concepts and compile a round-up of major players in the local market.
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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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