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PERSPECTIVE MONTHLY APRIL 2018

Beijing’s CCTV headquarters has been taunted by locals as the Big Trousers for its singular shape, to the extent that people rarely refer to the building with its real name. Conceived by Dutch firm OMA, the building - love it or hate it - has become one of the most iconic symbols of the Chinese capital. Bear in mind that other architectural projects that were slammed on completion include Paris’s Eiffel tower, the Egyptian pyramids and Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

One of CCTV’s two lead architects, alongside OMA founder Rem Koolhaas, German Ole Scheeren now calls China his adopted home, and has just debuted another unusual take on an architectural typology, the Guardian Art Center, which I visited when it was unveiled officially this year. Sitting peacefully in Beijing’s Wangfujing neighborhood and dominated by imperial architecture, hutongs and courtyards, the structure is impressive but not intrusive. China seems ready for it, a design that would have been deemed radical in 2012 when CCTV was completed.

The nation’s speedy urbanisation has offered imaginative architects and interior designers fertile ground to play with, in ways that Perspective has been tracking. We’re proud to move that further forward by announcing that in 2018, Perspective will bring the prestigious A&D Trophy Awards to China. Led by a group of prominent judges from China and overseas, the programme aims to put the country’s design advances under the international spotlight. Whether you’re a global organisation master-planning architecture or a local studio designing interiors or products, we will judge you on your creativity.

Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi has been announced as winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize. The 90-year-old, who worked for Le Corbusier in Paris in the 1950s before returning to his home country where he is known for designing low-cost housing and public institutions, is the country’s first recipient of architecture’s Nobel.

Doshi’s Hong Kong counterpart, the city’s father of public housing Michael Wright, sadly passed away earlier this year, aged 105. Born in the colonial city and educated in the United Kingdom, the architect returned to Hong Kong and revolutionised the city’s social housing system. These innovative minds changed with the times – and they changed the times. Their contributions will continue to benefit cities for decades to come.

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PERSPECTIVE+ 2018

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
Editor

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THE KEY VOLUME 157 – MARCH 2018

SMART LIVING

In the age when the Internet of Things (IoTs) sets to dominate the future, we are inevitably moving towards a more intelligent living benefitted from advanced technology. This is evident in this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the annual tech fair held in January in Las Vegas, US, where smart home devices, artificial intelligence, connected kitchen, virtual reality, augmented reality, wireless charging and SC technology were the trending keywords. A host of smart kitchen gadgets, connected appliances and accessories, Bluetooth-enabled devices are poised to shape the kitchens of tomorrow. Expect a refrigerator with a large display panel and digital assistant and a washing machine that adjusts to users' washing preferences. LED Ws made with micro LEDs that are slimmer than a strand of a human hair are also revolutionising the nextgeneration ofWs, offering high contrast ratios, deep blacks and less power consumption.

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