The Venice Biennale of Architecture needs no introduction to those with even a passing interest in the field. The six-month event holds a singular position among the design set, acting as a showcase of ideas from established and emerging architects who represent their home countries on a global stage. For the 16th edition of the event, 94 architects from around the world were selected to take part in the Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape. As a response to the wider 2018 Biennale theme of freespace, the exhibition frames a discourse of vertical architecture and urbanism, providing Hong Kong’s slender towers a dialogue with the world through the realisation of 111 towers designed by the architects.


P&T encourages its young architects to put forward their brightest ideas as part of an inhouse idea competition, the winner of which has the opportunity to present at the main event in Venice. This opportunity enables young talents to put their fresh and quality ideas into practice. A concept idea called Braided Space proposed by Architect Bella Yang is selected to represent P&T at the Hong Kong Exhibition Pavilion in Venice.


Braided Space: Exploring Highly Adaptive Carbon Fibre

This tower reimagines the traditional typical high-rise as a multi-functional space, with a carbon fibre prefabricated cantilever structural system that allows it to transform to suit new economic, societal, environmental or cultural demands.


P&T representative architect Bella Yang and Chief Curator Professor Wang Weijen were pictured beside P&T exhibit in Venice - Braided Space


The design explores the possibilities of carbon fibre because it is relatively light-weight, durable, non-corroding in nature and efficient in the prefabrication process, which utilises a triaxial braiding machine to elaborate a new material language. The structure itself is comprised of a permanent infrastructure and several fixed carbon fibre cantilevers, to support the slab and glass envelope. The carbon fibre cantilever can be fabricated offsite, and assembled or disassembled at site on demand, meaning the structure itself can be adapted as needed. And such material use thus paves the way for more diversity in urban design.


P&T exhibit in Venice - Braided Space




NEWS: An Experiential Workshop's Video (Full-version)


Throwback to the experiential workshop presented jointly by HKIUD, P&T & SKHWC, the invited guests, including industry's leaders, top government officials and celebrities, put on the elderly simulation suits, walked around Hong Kong to experience what walking in the city actually means to elderly people. They began to have questions: "Is the urban environment in Hong Kong ready for an ageing population? As a part of the city’s urban design industry, what can we contribute to shape an elderly-friendly urban environment?"


Before the coming HKIUD international conference on 22 June 2018, co-sponsored by P&T, let's hear what they had to say.





NEWS: Re-development of St Paul's Co-Educational Collegeg Kong


How do you preserve and showcase the iconic features of a Grade 2 historic building while adding new features like a green roof and solar power facilities? P&T Hong Kong recently refurbished St Paul's Co-Educational College (SPCC), upgrading facilities like the classrooms, playground, library and the school hall, while making sure that historical features such as the red brick exterior wasn't left out of the spotlight. Let’s find out what this project means to the principal, teachers and alumni.



AWARDS & RECOGNITION: 2018 QBA Shortlists Seven of P&T's Projects


P&T has seven projects shortlisted in the Quality Building Award this year, including SKYPARK, THE PAVILIA HILL, Tai Lam Centre for Women, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Re-development of St. Paul's Co-educational College (Phase 2) , and two M&E projects, 18 King Wah Road & H Queen's.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION: SKYPARK Shortlisted in 2018 CTBUH Awards


In late-May, 2018, an annual award ceremony of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will take place in Chicago to recognizes projects and architects that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment.


P&T's project, SKYPARK, has been honorably shortlisted a CTBUH Award Finalist, will be competing for the Winner Award in the Urban Habitat Award Category with various outstanding projects all over the world, such as master plan of National 911 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center by Studio Daniel Libeskind, Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore by WOHA Architects, our director Ms Janette Chan will also present the design concepts of SKYPARK in the ceremony held in Chicago!