A new restaurant of Catalan chef Sergi Arola recently opened its doors in China, at the Harbour City shopping centre in Hong Kong. The renowned chef created the Vi Cool brand in addition to his Michelin star restaurants and his more contemporary restaurant Vi Roses as an expansion to his luxury venues. The new concept was developed as a restaurant where guests including Arola himself and his family and friends can enjoy the authentic Spanish cuisine in a more informal ambiance. Dining Concepts commissioned concrete to design the restaurant.
Since 2000, China’s cities have expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. Although China’s agricultural output is the largest in the world, only about 15% of its total land area can be cultivated. China’s arable land, which represents 10% of the total arable land in the world, supports over 20% of the world’s population. Of this approximately 1.4 million square kilometers of arable land, only about 1.2% (116,580 square kilometers) permanently supports crops and 525,800 square kilometers are irrigated. The land is divided into approximately 200 million households, with an average land allocation of just 0.65 hectares (1.6 acres)
The tower and exhibition hall is a proposal for Hong Kong’s Kai Tak development, an airport landing strip that will be reclaimed into the city as a new cultural, business, and residential district. The tower is an expressionof fluid movement that manifests into a series of folds, creases, and a bifurcation of massing creating a dual tower.
BREAD studio’s proposal “Forest Corridor” has won one of the 2nd prizes (Professional Category) in the Open International Competition for Noise Barrier/ Enclosure organized by the Hong Kong Government. The proposal gives an alternative insight to the noise mitigation structure design in the dense urban environment of the city.
The planting pots underneath the highway provide proper soil depth for heavy and low maintenance plantings.
Kokaistudios designed the two thematic Etc Wine Shops, a new brand created by high end wine distributor Altaya in Hong Kong, China. The intent of the brand is to create an innovative way to support wine culture in Asia where the fast rising interest in wine has led to a proliferation of wine retailers characterized by very traditional cliché designs.
An updated branding identity based around the original Great logo has been applied. Using subtly humorous black & white photography to elevate the shopping experience beyond mere food retail, customers are encouraged to re-examine the role and meaning of food in their lives.
EcoG’s aim is to promote the usage of safe, eco-friendly and effective natural health care products, and designer Andy Tong has taken the first step to realize it by creating a naturalistic and cozy ambiance in EcoG’s first shop in Hong Kong.
THE MOOD @ LKF located at the top of Lan Kwai Fong, is an 12-storey office building revamped into a boutique hotel, a new architectural genre for urban Hong Kong. A white aluminum cladded mask in organic cellular shapes over black glass is created at the lower part of the building, framed in LED lights. The name and the logo of the hotel are designed with two “O”s to correspond with this organic cellular motif which is repeated throughout the hotel. These cellular motifs and black and white colors are employed to echo the urban chic feel of the neighboring of Lan Kwai Fong, in and out of the building as well as in the graphics.