15 for 15+ Arch Ex. @ HK Fringe Club
Demand for community architecture is rising due to higher public expectation of the HKSAR Government. BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd. (BHA), founded by Hong Kong’s leading architectural designer Mr Barrie Ho, has been actively working on community projects over the years in echo of the HKSAR Government policies. In celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary, BHA hosts “BARRIE HO Architecture – 15 for 15+ Architecture Exhibition” from 8th December 2014 through 5th January 2015 at the Fringe Club, Central.
The exhibition showcases 15 selected community projects of the company to underline the power of architecture in relation to life, health, human civilisation, culture, history, youth activities, women activities, sports and animal protection. Those projects which are designed for the general public and the community also demonstrate the caring spirit and the genuine meaning of architecture.
The exhibition opening on 8th Dec 2014 was officiated by a strong list of dignitaries from the business, political and professional fields. Officiating guests are: Dr Andrew CHAN, BBS, Director of Urban Renewal Fund; Dr Peggy LAM GBS, OBE, JP, Chairperson of Hong Kong Federation of Women; Mr Andrew LEE King Fun, Managing Director of Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects Ltd.; Ir Dr Hon LO Wai Kwok BBS, MH, JP, HKSAR Legislative Council Member of the Engineering Constituency; Dr Francis TSANG Hing Fung, Deputy Director of Vocational Training Council; The Hon Tony TSE Wai Chuen BBS, HKSAR Legislative Council Member of the Architectural, Surveying and Planning Functional Constituency; and Prof. Christopher Webster, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.
Founder & Director of BARRIE HO Architecture Interiors Ltd. Mr Barrie Ho MH remarked in the ceremony, “Setting apart from the commercial projects, community architectures are to serve and designed for people and the community for better environment. It is our pleasure to organise the “15 for 15+ Architecture Exhibition” not only to showcase the major community architectures that our company did in the last 15 years but also to provide the general public with an opportunity to review those architectures under diverse themes while appreciating the benefits they brought to the community. At the same time, the exhibition also highlights the interrelation of architectural designs and the HKSAR Government policies over the years which created value for different walks of life.”
The projects on display cover a wide spectrum of themes and are in parallel with the government policies, including architecture underneath the flyover, wholesale conversion of industrial building, transformation of an abandoned school into quasi-governmental subsidized organization, columbarium architecture, university campus architecture, non-profit community facilities, Qianhai Development Zone, etc. As community architecture advocates the spirit of “caring” for our neighbourhood and community, its design intentions are always very functional, pragmatic and practical with the ultimate aim to serve the general public.
The exhibiting architectural projects include:-
● Conference Tower
@ The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
● Wholesale Conversion of Industrial Building into GENESIS
@ Wong Chuk Hang
● Qian Hai Creative Youth Entrepreneurship Dream Factory
@ Qian Hai, Shenzhen, PRC
● Skynet for Logo Square + Courtyard Cafe
@ The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
● S.K.H. St. Christopher’s Home Youth Hostel
@ Tai Po Road, Tai Po
● Hong Kong Federation of Women T.S. Kwok Service Centre
@ Lockhart Road, WanChai
● Transformation of an abandoned School into
Headquarter of HKCAAVQ & ERB
@ Siu Sai Wan
● Proposed Chinese Rhenish Church
@ Yuen Long, New Territories
● Proposed Columbarium + Conservation & Restoration of Pun Uk
@ AuTau, Yuen Long
● WanChai Sports Federation
@ Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay
● Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
@ Cheung Fai Road, Tsing Yi
On show also include two architectural projects on Restoration of Grade 1 Historical Buildings in Central (St. Paul’s Church for Baptist, SKH Theological College) as well as the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, all in audio-visual format.