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.
NEWS: One vision: How architecture is key to developing the Belt and Road region
The One Belt One Road initiative is one of the most significant economic development strategies of our time. The two-pronged model, which comprises of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, and the oceangoing 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, connects more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa, and accounts for 30 percent of global GDP as well as over 30 percent of the world’s merchandise trade. One of Asia’s most prolific architectural practices, P&T operates in over 70 cities with over 2,200 projects in along the Belt and Road region, and has and will continue to positively shape the cities along the world’s most important trading route with a vision of connecting people and places in an increasingly globalised world.
Creating new opportunities
P&T's network along the Belt and Road region has helped create new opportunities while facilitating business expansion in developing nations. The new developments also provide an opportunity for expanding businesses to mark their presence in new locations, establishing elusive brand equity by setting up in an enviable address. Being a multi-disciplinary architectural, urban design and engineering firm, creating modern and inspirational architecture can also activate a citizenry to engage more with their surrounds, helping to cultivate a spirit of creativity and innovation. These intangible elements will become an increasingly salient feature of cities along the Belt and Road region, as the eyes of the world turn to the well-travelled route.
P&T expands its footprint along the region
At the heart of it all, the impact of P&T will be widely felt. In the Middle East and Africa, projects such as the award-winning Bourdillon No4 will set new standards of luxury living in Lagos, Nigeria, which is soon to become the third largest city in the world by population, while the highly sustainable, 70-storey mixed use BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, as the Saudi capital’s first ever luxury apartment building.
Bourdillon No4 in Lagos, Nigeria, will set new standards of luxury living in Africa
BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
P&T has also made its presence felt in the brave new world of the Indian subcontinent. In India, Vasant Lawns brings to the city of Thane its first ever luxury residential development across eight visually striking 22-storey towers.
The design of Vasant Lawns in Mumbai, India, exudes a sense of classic timelessness
Further down in Sri Lanka, the multiple award-winning Achilleion has established itself as a landmark address for Colombo’s high-flyers, two majestic towers overlooking the Indian Ocean with an exclusive sky restaurant topped with a helipad.
Located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Achilleion overlooks the Indian Ocean
Mixed use developments in Southeast Asia, such as The One Parc Puri, Jakarta and Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, also offer people in those cities new possibilities for engaging with their waterfront.
The design of Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, is inspired by the geography of South East Asia
NEWS : 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Once a small fishing village, Hong Kong has become a cosmopolitan and energetic city nowadays!
While the architecture and urban planning always represent the wisdom of Tetris of Architectural field, 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) has themed ‘City Smarts: Density 2.0’, it shows the smart design of Hong Kong architecture. P&T is one of the exhibitors this year, if you would like to learn more about our design, please come to visit us at Hysan Place 9/F!