NEWS: P&T receive oil paintings celebrating the group's legacy on the Bund
Last November, Symphony of the Century: Exhibition of Oil Paintings on the Historical Changes of the Bund of Shanghai, presented by JiuShi Group and supported by P&T Group, was held in Shanghai. The exhibition was a showcase of over 100 canvases by more than 80 painters to encourage appreciation of the significant heritage of the Bund. Recently, one of the curators and an artist who participated in the exhibition visited Hong Kong to present their works to P&T Group to help showcase the architecture firm’s century-old history in Shanghai.
One of the curators and an artist who participated in the exhibition visited Hong Kong
More than just art pieces, the canvases also showcase the history of one of the world’s great riverside boulevards. One of the curators and master painterHuang Azhong’s Temperature of the City and In the Distance depict the Bund of the 1930s – the focal point in both is the P&T masterpiece HSBC building, which stands alongside many P&T designs in the painting, including the Union Building, Customs House, Standard Chartered Bank, and the Peace Hotel, among others. Sui Jun’s Scenery over a Century reveals the contrast between old and new in Shanghai. Reflected in the picturesque window of P&T’s Yangtze Insurance Building are some of the more recent developments on the opposite side of the Huangpu River including the Oriental Pearl Tower, cleverly showcasing two distinctly different sides of the city.
Huang Azhong’s Temperature of the City
“Among the historical buildings situated along the Shanghai’s famous Bund, over 10 were designed by P&T Group,” says Mr. Henry Yip, Architect & Director, P&T Group Shanghai. “An internationally celebrated promenade, the skyline of the Bund from numbers 1 to 33 is utterly mesmerizing. Indeed, just like other artwork exhibited, the oil paintings arriving Hong Kong act as testament to P&T’s lasting legacy in Shanghai and show the group’s continued role in shaping the modern metropolis.”
Sui Jun’s Scenery over a Century
Beyond the Bund, P&T continues to shape modern Shanghai with more recent projects including the award-winning The Hub, Raffles City, 1 & 2 Corporate Avenue and more. Celebrating its 150th year in 2018, P&T Group will aim to further enhance the skylines of Shanghai and Hong Kong.
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NEWS: Ageing in the Hong Kong Urban Environment - An Experiential Workshop Held Successfully
"Ageing in the Hong Kong Urban Environment - An Experiential Workshop" successfully held last Saturday 17 March 2018! As a major pre-conference event for the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) International Conference, 2018 on the subject of "Actions For Active Ageing - Urban Design For All", the workshop was jointly organised by HKIUD, P&T Group and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council (SKHWC).
The workshop received support from approximately 40 invited participants, including Ms. Linn Hon Ho Bernadette, JP (Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands)), Mr. Tony Tse (Member of the Legislative Council for Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape), Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), Mr. Raymond Lee, JP ( Director of Planning Department), Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited) and Mrs. Susanne Wong, JP (District Officer of Central and Western).
In the morning section, participants geared up with the elderly simulation suit, which consists of several specially designed impediments such as weights, braces, elastic band restraints and a pair of blurry eyeglasses, which allows participants to feel how the aged bend their bodies and grasp the physical experiences of an elderly person. With the assistance of volunteers, participants were engaged in a number of typical outdoor daily life elderly activities in Western District, for example, visiting Western District Elderly Community Centre, trying out the community facilities and fitness equipment for the elderly in a park, and eventually experiencing different real-life hardships faced by the elderly.
(Picture 1 - 2) (Left) Ms. Linn Hon Ho Bernadette, JP (Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands)) geared up and said it was hard to walk briskly as usual, the escalator also became faster. She stated that elderly-friendly has become one of the planning principles of the department. (Right) Approximately 40 invited participants attended the workshop.
(Picture 3-6) (Upper left) Mr. Raymond Lee, JP (Director of Planning Department), (Upper right) Mr. Tony Tse (Member of the Legislative Council for Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape), (Lower left & lower right) Mr. LEUNG Ka-wing (Former host of radio phone-in programme & head of Chinese programme service in RTHK's radio division) and Mr. Stephen Tang (President of The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) put on the Elderly Simulation Suit which enables users to experience what it feels like to have ageing induced limited mobility.
(Picture 7-8) (Left) Dr Jane Lee (Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council) and Mrs. Susanne Wong (The District Officer (Central and Western)) were concentrating on a sharing from a charitable non-profit organization, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative. Explanations were given on the importance of urban development for the elderly. (Right) Participants also visited Western District Elderly Community Centre, Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) was sharing their elderly friendly projects.
(Picture 9) “I gained a better understanding of the stress when the aged crossing the road, I could not walk faster but the vehicles were already arriving." a participant said.
The professional forum was held in afternoon, the speakers were all well-respected experts in their own fields, the presenters included:Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited), Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) and Ms. Vivien Mak (Director of P&T). Attending organizations included Transport Department, Planning Department, Architectural Services Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, MTR Corp. Limited, The University of Hong Kong, DUPAD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & The Hong Kong Polytechnic University etc. , focused on how urban design in Hong Kong can be more inclusive and enable the elderly to stay active, independent and remain healthy longer which is the overall challenge of active ageing.
(Picture 10-11) (Left) Mr. Stephen Tang (President of The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) and (Right) Mr. Joel Chan (Workshop Organizing Committee Chair)
(Picture 12-15) (Upper left) Ms. Vivien Mak (Director of P&T GROUP), (Upper Right) Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), (Lower left) Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) and (Lower right) Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited) shared their point of view on urban design and elderly friendly issue.
(Picture 16-19) The professional forum held in afternoon section, approximately 40 invited participants were reflecting how our urban design can be more inclusive and to enable the elderly to stay active and remain healthy.
NEWS: P&T awarded at International Property Awards for innovative projects in Africa and China
With a tradition of pioneering designs that continue to leave their mark around the world, P&T Group has developed a reputation for realising innovative and iconic solutions to managing space and people. At the heart of the P&T ethos is the interaction between architecture and the people who use it, and a belief in structures that can improve quality and sustainability for future generations. This reputation has been further strengthened with two recent wins for the practice at the International Property Awards presented in London, U.K., for pioneering works in Lagos, Nigeria and Foshan, China.
New standards of living in Africa
Set to become an icon of Lagos, Nigeria, Bourdillon No4 was awarded in the category Best Residential High-Rise Architecture, Africa, adding to the increasing international recognition for the yet-to-be-completed building. Bourdillon No4 is an emblem of the African boom, a thoughtful, modern design that will set new standards of high-rise, luxury living in the continent, featuring lush green spaces and resort-like amenities. The property forms part of P&T’s expansive presence on the Belt and Road Region, just one of the practice’s many designs that aims to raise living standards through the re-imagining of urban design.
Located in the heart of Lagos, Bourdillon No4 is set to become an icon of the fast-growing city.
Integrated ecological design for China
In Foshan, in the southern Guangdong Province, P&T’s Canton First Estate was named as the Best Mixed-use Architecture Asia Pacific at the International Property Awards. The large-scale project covers both building and landscape design, encompassing residences, serviced apartments, a golf course, recreation centre and exhibition hall, set among 1,100 acres of stunning green space and an additional 700 acres of natural forest, with a natural lake of nearly 500 acres and a 20-kilometer green path encircling its perimeter. Canton First Estate has been designed with a focus on minimising overall energy and water resources consumption while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing living environment, bringing together green architecture as well as thoughtful ecological engineering and restoration. A truly world-class ecological community, Canton First Estate reflects the increasing Chinese demand for maintaining the original ecology while enhancing the quality of life in the communities.
In Guangzhou, Canton First Estate has reshaped a local park into an ecological community among 140 acres of woodland and lake.
Both projects encapsulate the P&T ethos, each in its own superb way – the pursuit of excellence through high-quality, forward-looking architectural projects.
NEWS: P&T’s travel scholarship takes Hong Kong architecture students to the world
As one of the most established global architecture practices, P&T is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of architects. One of the firm’s most important initiatives for young talent is through its annual Travel Scholarship, which aims to promote better architecture education by sponsoring MArch students in Hong Kong to pursue academic passion projects over their travel in summer holidays. The scholarship allows selected students to travel to a destination of their choosing, to observe life in a different city and understand how different communities interact with their unique natural or built environments. This year, the three students selected to participate in the Travel Scholarship programme were Clarissa Lim (HKU), Cynthia Leung (HKU) and Derrick Leong (CUHK).
A video of students sharing their experience can be viewed at:
Collage of cultures
Cynthia travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures. Her research examined a country with a long history marked by successive waves of settlers and military encroachment, and how influences from diverse cultures have affected Morocco’s architecture. Cynthia went to eight different cities, taking in the rugged mountain ranges, the harsh desert and the expansive coastline of the northern African country, exploring different townscapes and their site-specific architectural clusters, reflective of particular cultural and religious memories that, through architecture, remained frozen in time.
Cynthia Leung travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures.
For her assignment, Clarissa travelled to her native Malaysia. Her paper, #ToSettle examined how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape, with a spotlight on the Chinese community in Malaysia. Through social media, interviews and her own photography, Clarissa explored placemaking for outsiders in established communities. “I moved to Hong Kong when I was really young,” says Lim. “To go back and see the city around me in a different way, from an academic perspective, was really rewarding.”
Clarissa Lim travelled to her native Malaysia to examine how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape
The memory of water infrastructure
Derrick used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure, or, the relationship between people, nature and the built environment. Derrick looked at flood protection measures in the Netherlands, riverbank redevelopment in Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo, and took a historical approach in Portugal to examine water supply and methods of water transportation. For Derrick, the P&T Travel Scholarship will have positive implications for his future studies. “All the buildings I visited will be extremely useful for my later research, because my thesis is on water infrastructure in Europe,” he says.
Derrick Leong used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure.