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//Rethinking living spaces in HK//

Thank you China Daily Hong Kong for sharing Manfred Yuen's thoughts and featuring our co-living project Oootopia!
It is an inspiring article on public and private housing in HK. Read it online:
www.chinadailyhk.com/article/126530#Better-to-go-public
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//Rethinking living spaces in HK//

Thank you China Daily Hong Kong for sharing Manfred Yuens thoughts and featuring our co-living project Oootopia! 
It is an inspiring article on public and private housing in HK. Read it online: 
 https://www.chinadailyhk.com/article/126530#Better-to-go-public

Here's a story of a "wallflower" extension growing from a small crack.

The Alliance Primary School (APS) was built in 1990s. Hong Kong buildings are infamously densely built and schools like APS are no different. it followed a hall-mark school typology back-then: a multi-storied building where only a courtyard served as its aperture for sunlight. APS felt that music is integral for children’s development and it has been a cradle for young musicians and it has a great student orchestra. Yet, APS never had a dedicated rehearsal space.

The only outdoor space for the school will be its courtyard, which is around 200 sq.m, it was also where we would build over with the music hall. We do not wish to sacrifice this precious out-door space. Thus, we hovered the music hall above the courtyard, which would retain the courtyard space by converting it into a semi-outdoor auditorium and playground area, hence gaining a music hall.

It has been a few months since the music hall started to operate and we have been fortunate to witness its actions. We see children running and playing underneath the music hall. Their smiley faces warm our hearts.

DESIGN BY \ Groundwork, Architects & Associates Ltd.
TEAM \ Krystal Lung(Project Architect), Jonathan Lau, Clarissa Chau, Tiffany Chin, Lawrence Law, Echo Xiang, Enoch Chu, CY Lau(Project Partner), Manfred Yuen
VIDEO \ Kirio Ng, Janet Wong
PHOTO \ Fiona Bao
CONTRACTOR \ Ming Kee Construction (Steelwork) Engineering Ltd.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER \ James Lau and Associates Ltd.
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER \ Pinebridge Consulting Ltd.
QUANTITY SURVEYOR \ KCI Management Consultancy Ltd.
ACOUSTIC AND AUDIO VISUAL SOLUTIONS \ ON Technology Ltd.
BIM \ Kevin Ling
MODEL \ Raymond Chan
PROJECT MANAGER \ PLAAP Design Ltd., Michelle Kwok
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Naughty hills/fish cat fairyland! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our soft space playscapes have been extremely well received so far where we have attracted hundreds of visitors within 10 days.

-A Naughty Hill 頑皮的仙山 (Gallery 201)
-A Hill for Naughty Kids 頑童的仙山 (Gallery 212, immersive experience with Folo Studio)
-Big Fish Xiao Xin 大魚小新 (Sea Side Public Plaza).

The three show cases are located in a fabulous building designed by Fuhimiko Maki. (Shenzhen Design Society 深圳蛇口海上世界文化藝術中心. Galleries 201-202 and the Sea Side Public Plaza, 1187 Wanghai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China).

Looking forward for your visits too!

Groundwork
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On TVB with some heavy weights (Douglas So, Tony Lam, Li Ho Yin )on conservation/heritage policies in Hong Kong, which need serious revaluation in my opinion.

news.tvb.com/programmes/closerlook/5e175fa4335d192c3fda98a7/活化歷史建築
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We will be sharing our thoughts on cities’ liveability tomorrow 11:30am at The Mills, Tsuen Wan. This event is part of the HK UABB 2020 and hosted by the RIBA. ... See MoreSee Less

We will be sharing our thoughts on cities’ liveability tomorrow 11:30am at The Mills, Tsuen Wan. This event is part of the HK UABB 2020 and hosted by the RIBA.

3 months ago

Groundwork, Architects & Associates Ltd.

A good encouragement: our Research and Guideline for Future Hong Kong Play Spaces had won the HKIUD(Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) Grand Prize for research for the HKArchSD.

2 years writing this and an extremely close collaboration with HKArchSD. A true collective effort. Hope HK playgrounds may improve gradually. Parks are for good relationship (human/object/nature/self) to foster. Thank you Prof. Michael Siu and Dr. Sumee Chan to be our team members.
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“Soft Space” by Groundwork / Groundwork 元新建城的軟空間. Crossing over with Folo studio and the Australia based fashion/music group “Injury”.

-A Naughty Hill 頑皮的仙山 (Gallery 201)
-A Hill for Naughty Kids 頑童的仙山 (Gallery 212, immersive experience with Folo Studio)
-Big Fish Xiao Xin 大魚小新 (Sea Side Public Plaza).

The three show cases are located in a fabulous building designed by Fuhimiko Maki. (Shenzhen Design Society 深圳蛇口海上世界文化藝術中心. Galleries 201-202 and the Sea Side Public Plaza, 1187 Wanghai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China).

We open every day from 11:00am to 8:00pm from 8th January to 5th April 2020. Tickets available at door and online for Wechat/Alipay users.
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3 months ago

Groundwork, Architects & Associates Ltd.

Groundwork is thrilled to present to the children and public of Shenzhen Dapeng a new small park: “A hump of cleanness”. It was designed for OCT group and the Shenzhen UABB Dapeng Jiaochang Wei(大鵬所城較場尾)! A landscape for kids, but it is also a message for the environment. Wish you all a happy new year, a greener new year! ... See MoreSee Less

Merry Xmas everyone! So relieved to have finished our landscape for Shenzhen UABB 2019-20. “A Hump of Cleanness” by Groundwork ... See MoreSee Less

“A large white model projecting a grim section of a city. Consumerism ate up the space and people are forced to live underground.”

The drawings of our work: “A Very Large Consumer Machine” had toured many places since 2007. The most recent addition to this series had traveled to Los Angeles at an exhibition curated by Chang Hoi Wood and Kim So.
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“A large white model projecting a grim section of a city. Consumerism ate up the space and people are forced to live underground.”

The drawings of our work: “A Very Large Consumer Machine” had toured many places since 2007. The most recent addition to this series had traveled to Los Angeles at an exhibition curated by Chang Hoi Wood and Kim So.Image attachmentImage attachment

4 months ago

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Our partner, Fiona Bao, sharing our Toy as Architecture works at the Guangzhou Design Week 2019. ... See MoreSee Less

Manfred giving a talk about 5 senses design at Roca Beijing center with 5 other distinguished guests. Thank you H/A studio, Sophie Chen, and Roca for the invite. Such a great time at Beijing! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago

Groundwork, Architects & Associates Ltd.

We are delighted to announce two of Groundwork's projects: Hawker Reload and Pavilion of Roads have won the Architecture MasterPrize 2019! Three other projects: A Father to Son Legacy, Oootopia: An Alternative Dwelling for Millennials and Fairyland Playscape have been awarded Honourable Mention in their categories too!

The award ceremony will be held at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain this October. Stay tuned!
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We are very happy to be nominated for the Human City Design Award of the Seoul Design Week 2019 among 12 international influencers/designers/entrepreneurs. It is Manfred’s first time in Seoul actually! 🇰🇷🇰🇷🇰🇷. Looking forward to learn! ... See MoreSee Less

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