Our project team attended the CTBUH Awards in Chicago to celebrate the C&D International Tower being a finalist in the awards. The full day event included a symposium and a gala dinner awards ceremony. Roy Liu, who was the lead architect of the C&D project, was one of the key presenters in the symposium and shared the design concepts of the project to the attendees.
Taking advantage of the trip to attend the 2013 CTBUH Best Tall Building award event, our design team for the project and select colleagues toured the city’s architectural heritage. The tour included visits to buildings by some of 20th Century’s legendary architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. The group also visited some recently completed projects such as The Millennium Park and The Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava. They also visited local architectural firm Studio Gang, who recently completed Aqua Tower.
Gravity team joined the Dragon Boat Fun Day at Deep Water Bay organized by the HKIA. It was a good opportunity for team building and a break from the busy schedule at the office. The day concluded with a great evening of BBQ and drinks!
Recognized by CTBUH 2013 Tall Building Awards as a finalist in the Asia & Australasia category, the C&D International Tower project consists of a 219m tall office tower and an adjacent 35,000 square meter commercial complex in the historic city of Xia Men. The architectural design of the main tower breaks from the tradition of regular rectangular form by tapering at both ends in elevation. This emphasizes the tower’s sculptural form while creating more open space at the ground floor in a tight rectilinear site. The multifaceted façade design breaks down the mass of the tower while harmonizing its relationship with the adjacent shopping mall form.
The CUHK Campus in Shenzhen (a collaborative effort with Rocco and Wang Weijen Architecture) has been shortlisted for the Master Plan category award for future projects by World Architecture Festival 2013. The master plan design carefully transitions the main lecture and research halls, the student quarters, and sports complex from the main road to the mountains for 7,000 students. By zoning the campus around the concept of Academic Cluster, Campus Green, and Natural Terrain, communities are formed, which promote interaction between research, learning, working and living. The planning of the campus aims to encourage multi-disciplinary crossover and interaction to stimulate creativity.
The team attended the HKIA Awards Ceremony for 2013 and scooped the prestigious Medal of the Year Award for Projects Outside Hong Kong for our Beijiao project in Foshan, China. This makes it our third award already this year!
The 10th Anniversary of Gravity Partnership party was great fun as usual with some 160 people including spouses and ex-colleagues celebrating the event at the Grappa Cellar Restaurant in Central. Everyone was grouped into teams, with their imagination and talents come up with 5 short performances based on the theme, "Once Upon a Time….." in reminiscing TEN successful years of Gravity. There were some hilarious performances and many prizes were handed out on the night, including service award for those who have been with the company since inception!
Gravity Partnership has been awarded the 2013 HKIA Cross-strait Architectural Design Merit Award (Un-built Project: Architectural Design Scheme) for Vanke’s Chongqing Shapingba Railway Hub Mixed Use Project and the Silver Award (Community, Culture & Recreation Projects) for the Vanke Crystal City Sports & Recreation Facility. The Design Awards is the first of its kind and was established to promote excellence in architectural design in China, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong. A panel of renowned international jurors deliberated over 300 nominations for the coveted awards. The Chief Executive of HK (SAR) CY Leung was the Guest of Honor at the opening of the HKIA Cross-strait Architectural Design Awards and the Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun Wah was the Guest of Honor at the Gala Dinner and Prize Presentation Ceremony.
With a collaborated effort between Gravity Partnership, Rocco Design Architects and Wang Weijen Architecture, our team succeeded as the winner of Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Shenzhen Campus design competition, against fierce competition local and abroad. The winning team will take charge of executing the design, first phrase expected to be completed in 2015.
Topping off ceremony for the Xiamen Financial Center was completed, while façade work is in progress for the main tower, and main structure being put in place for the surrounding buildings.