“We were doomed for failure in the eyes of the architectural community” says Skyscraper movie designer

The megatall tower in new action movie Skyscraper was never expected to be a hit with architects, admits production designer Jim Bissell, but he wanted the building to be a “hero” nonetheless. The task of designing The Pearl – an imaginary 240-storey tower in Hong Kong that catches on fire – fell to Bissell and

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Skyscraper movie director wanted “a tower based on real possibilities” says Adrian Smith

This summer’s blockbuster movie Skyscraper centres around a fictional megatall tower that is intended to be as realistic as possible, according to architect Adrian Smith, who was consulted during its development. Drama in the action-adventure film – released in the US tomorrow, 13 July 2018 – revolves around an imaginary 240-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong,

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Zaha Hadid Architects to build “iconic” office on world’s most expensive site

Zaha Hadid Architects is set to build a 35-storey office tower on a £2.2 billion plot in Hong Kong, reportedly the most expensive site in the world. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has confirmed that it is working with Henderson Land Development to design an office block on Murray Road, on a site currently occupied by a multistorey

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Foster + Partners’ completes Hong Kong hotel inside former government headquarters

Foster + Partners has completed The Murray hotel in Hong Kong, which sits within the shell of a gridded 1960s tower once used as governmental offices. The Murray hotel is situated on the southern edge of the city’s central business district. Originally built in 1969, the building was formerly used as government headquarters but now hosts

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Hong Kong bridge prepares to open amid fears over structural integrity

Chinese authorities have announced that the 55-kilometre bridge between Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and Macau is on track to open, despite concerns that parts of the structure have been washed away by the sea. Hong Kong’s Highways Department rebuffed claims that the concrete blocks protecting an artificial island connecting the Hong Kong side of the bridge

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Micro homes inside water pipes could take advantage of unused urban space

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series features a proposal to create micro homes inside concrete water pipes. OPod Tube Housing is a concept by Hong Kong-based studio James Law Cybertecture, to transform 2.5-metre-wide concrete water pipes into temporary living spaces, with facilities for living, cooking and bathing. The idea is that these tubular structures

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Micro apartments in concrete pipes designed to ease Hong Kong’s housing crisis

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed a prototype for low-cost, stackable micro homes in concrete pipes, which could slot into gaps between city buildings. Called OPod Tube Housing, the project sees 2.5-metre-wide concrete water pipes transformed into 9.29-square-metre homes, with doors that can be unlocked using smartphones. Studio founder James Law envisions these tubular structures being

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Foster + Partners converts landmark Hong Kong office tower into high-end hotel

Foster + Partners is transforming a former government headquarters tower in Hong Kong into a luxury hotel, retaining the building’s original modernist facade and providing panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. The hotel is due to open early next year inside The Murray Building – a 27-storey tower on Hong Kong’s Cotton Tree Drive that

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Maison Kimhekim

At the moment undertaking a mission to outer space and beyond doesn’t sounds like such a bad idea. You could say it’s a more of an enlightening  thought considering the amount of work piled up on my desk this week… Currently we’re all in belief that KIMHĒKIM is one of our favourite fashion escape plans.  Previously of Balenciaga heritage designer […]

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Hong Kong students create terracotta tower to promote use of 3D-printed bricks

This captioned movie shows how a team from the University of Hong Kong’s architecture faculty created a pavilion from 3D-printed bricks, to show the potential of this technology in architectural production. More one-minute movies ›

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Hong Kong’s densely packed high-rises captured from above in new drone movie

The soaring skyscrapers, manicured gardens and rubbish tips of Hong Kong are all shown in this drone footage shot by architect Mariana Bisti. Bisti aimed to capture the “complexities and contradictions” of Hong Kong, which is one of the most densely populated territories in the world. She shot the footage in February this year, while undertaking a 10-week artist

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Hong Kong’s Skypark rooftop provides a playground for “balance-centric millennials”

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has worked alongside Dutch architecture studio Concrete to create a new social space in Hong Kong tower Skypark that meets the needs of its youthful residents. Located in central Kowloon, Skypark features a clubhouse and lawned garden on its roof, with exterior steps that double as amphitheatre-style outdoor seating. New World Development built the

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Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

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Students erect arching bamboo events pavilion in Hong Kong

Bent bamboo poles and translucent fabric make up this curving events pavilion in Hong Kong, designed and built by architecture students. The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was designed to host a series of events, exhibitions and performances that promote low-carbon living and construction. The pavilion accompanies a zero-carbon building occupied by the Construction Industry Council in Kowloon Bay, to the north

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M+ museum opens first gallery in West Kowloon Cultural District

The forthcoming M+ museum has opened its first exhibition space in Hong Kong’s new cultural district: a mirror-clad pavilion that cantilevers out of a hillside (+ slideshow). As the first permanent facility to open in the fast-developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the M+ Pavilion will provide a new exhibition gallery for showcasing visual art, design and architecture. It will be More

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MVRDV creates transparent interior for Hong Kong office block

Transparent glass walls, floors and furniture all feature inside this office block, created by Dutch firm MVRDV in a stripped-out Hong Kong factory (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam-based firm completely overhauled the inside of the 13-storey structure, replacing all of the opaque partitions and floor surfaces with new see-through alternatives in a bid to make it feel more open and spacious. More

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Weston Williamson designs “kissing towers” for Hong Kong harbour

London studio Weston Williamson has unveiled a trio of Hong Kong skyscrapers that “kiss” one another, designed to sit on top of a new high-speed railway line. Proposed for Victoria Harbour, the high-rise complex is envisioned as a cluster of towers with heights of up to 440 metres, all arranged around a landscaped plaza. The three towers More

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Rural Urban Framework uses mirrored tiles to camouflage toilets at Mulan Primary School

Hong Kong studio Rural Urban Framework covered this new primary school toilet block in mirrored tiles so that it reflects its surroundings, helping to camouflage the building (+ slideshow). Mulan Primary School was extended by Rural Urban Framework to provide a new toilet block, playground, and a building for additional classrooms. Mirrored ceramic tiles cover the toilet […]

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils updated design for Hong Kong M+ museum

News: Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the latest images of its design for M+, the new museum of visual culture that recently broke ground in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (+ slideshow). Set to become one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, the 60,000-square-metre building will be dedicated […]
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Construction of Herzog & de Meuron’s M+ museum begins in Hong Kong

News: construction is now underway on M+, a new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron. A ceremony on 29 January marked the ground breaking of the 60,000-square-metre museum dedicated to art, design, architecture and film, which is now scheduled for completion in 2018. […]
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