Gong Xi Fa Cai and wish everyone great health, happiness, prosperity and continued success in the year of the Monkey!
Dr. Charlie Q. L. Xue’s latest book “Transforming the mountain and the sea – Hong Kong architecture 1945-2015”, published by Tong Ji University Press focuses on architects and architectural practices in the post war era of Hong Kong. Gravity Partnership is honoured to be one of the distinguished representatives of Hong Kong's local architectural firms in the new millennium, recognized for its management style, design approach and its innovative outlook.
Group of students from several secondary schools visited our studio under the Building Safety Pioneer Programme. This is the second year which we have collaborated with the Buildings Department in promoting building safety, whilst providing an introduction on architecture to the youngsters. They were enthusiastic and fascinated with how we work and what technology can do with the like of computer modelling and 3D printing, definitely a good break from the classroom.
Shum Yip’s East Link is the mixture of open commercial streetscape, shopping promenade and urban hillside residence, amalgamating a variety of cultural, entertainment, dining, shopping and leisure experience in this dynamic mixed-use development in Lo Wo at the eastern part of Shenzhen. The master planning and architectural design is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Lingnan architecture for the new metropolis, Design Principal Frank Yu of Gravity Partnership shared his design philosophy in the interview.
Colleagues from Gravity were once again at their very best taking part in the WWF volunteer programme to maintain the eco-system in Mai Po. Armed with shuffles shovels, buckets, working gloves, sun screen and insect repellent, embankment to the footpath was levelled and Mikania weed were removed. The day was hot and humid making it an immense task for our colleagues, but our effort is vital to ensure safety for the public and to provide an environment that can support a wider variety of wildlife. Enjoying the scenery at the nature reserve as well as having a good work out, definitely a pleasant change from a day spent at the office!
Supporting local talent is part of our belief at Gravity, and such passion extends beyond the realm of design. We are delighted to be the proud sponsor of Chan Yu Ting(陈羽婷) and Fung Tat Choi (冯达才),both experienced sailors who frequent international sailing competition for the Hobbie and now the Nacra 17. The team will embark on a year-long campaign, with qualification races across 2 continents, towards the ultimate goal of competing in the Rio Olympic in 2016, under the newly introduced Nacra 17 class.
Hong Kong enjoys a successful history in Olympic watersport, pioneered by forerunners such as gold medal winner Lee Lai Shan(李丽珊). Inspired by such legacy and the strength of this partnership, Ting and Choi will give it their best in achieving their ultimate dreams.
The 12th Anniversary celebration dinner was held at the pool side of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. With the stunning night view of Victoria Harbor as a backdrop we all enjoyed the openness of the setting and the delicious food. The highlight of the evening was the “best time traveler dress award”, many colleagues squeezed into old school uniform, 60’s shanghai style pajama, mum and dad’s outfit, luminous space suits... It was a day of full of fun and laughter, so looking forward to more in our next anniversary!
Gravity recognizes the importance of environmental protection and continuously contributes to the environmental conservation by joining the WWF-Hong Kong Corporate Membership Programme. Being the Silver Member for the 2nd year, Gravity Team went to WWF Island House Conservation Studies Centre on Nov 29 to learn about its colonial history and surrounding ecosystem, including rare plant species that were preserved within the vicinity. In return we helped maintain health of the Mangrove forest by clearing trash and collecting litterfall for recycling into organic fertilizers.
Gianetta and Andre, two enthusiastic Year 10 students from the Australian International School in Hong Kong, spent 2 weeks at our studio as part of their work education program. Hopefully this experience has provided them with inspiration and reinforced their dreams to pursue a career in architecture and design.
Team Gravity in the 8th China Cup International Regatta in the waters of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. With 103 entries representing more than 30 countries and regions, it is the largest China-initiated international sailing regatta. On board the J80 sailboat Levity, Team Gravity performed exceptionally and after 4 days of grueling racing, the team won 2nd Place in the HKPN Div. A Class, a tremendous team effort in our first international regatta. Our deepest gratitude to our client LVGEM in sponsoring us for the regatta and we hope to achieve even better results next year!