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    Shining a light on Dali’s cultural assets

    Nature-seekers and back-packers have long been drawn to Dali, in China’s Yunnan Province, by its natural beauty. Now the city, nestled between mountains and Lake Erhai, is putting arts and culture centre stage, with new developments, such as The Leas, offering a stunningly designed exhibition space to showcase local artistic themes.

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    Time waits for no one, especially in Hong Kong!

    Kwun Tong, like Hong Kong itself, is undergoing constant change as industrial buildings make way for new commercial and retail developments. So, it’s appropriate that Time Loop – a new art piece celebrating the infinite rhythm of change by celebrated British designer Paul Cocksedge – has been installed at the entrance of the district’s Yue Man Square (YM2), thanks to a donation by the Sino Group.

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    A striking new pavilion on Haikou Bay – the first of 16 to be built this year!

    The historic port city of Haikou, on China’s Hainan Island, has commissioned architects and artists from around the world to create 16 pavilions as part of an ambitious new cultural landmark project – and the first of them, The Cloudscape, has just opened to the public. If it’s anything to go by, the coastline will be a sight to behold when all the structures are completed, scheduled for the end of 2021.

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    A ribbon of red and the joy of learning inspire new workspace design

    Bean Buro co-founder Lorène Faure channelled her childhood memories and the excitement of her first day at school to create a playful and stimulating environment for the new Asia regional office of a leading UK-based group of boarding schools. The studio injected a “pop of red” which weaves its way through the open floorplan like a ribbon, helping to organise and connect different functional zones.

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    Welcome to a workplace of the future

    A sleek new office complex in Hangzhou is another striking illustration of how the future of the workplace is being reimagined following the disruptive impact of Covid-19. Indoor-outdoor courtyards, multi-level greenery and an abundance of open spaces and natural light truly set this twin-tower development by LWK + PARTNERS apart.

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    Cameras, lights, action…. it’s all happening in Kennedy Town

    The gentrification of Kennedy Town took another giant step forward this year with the opening of 2CS, a community-centric retail and entertainment hub featuring the first independent movie cinema in Hong Kong’s western district. Local studio 4N Design has pulled off a magical transformation that blends beautifully with the local streetscape.

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    Bold lifestyle concept reaps gold for Kwan

    Hong Kong designer Myron Kwan went out on a creative limb with his Green Experience Pavilion in Foshan which dramatically reimagines notions of retailing. However, the risk paid off handsomely as the clients were delighted and Kwan is now the proud recipient of an A&D Gold Award for Interior Design.

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    Blending old and new in Shanghai’s Xintiandi

    Leading architects KPF were big winners in A&D Awards 2020, snapping up three awards including Gold for its ambitious development project in Shanghai’s chic Xintiandi district. Judges loved the way the mixed-use project, which features an ultra-modern office tower, connects with the fabric of the Xintiandi neighbourhood including heritage buildings and parkland.

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    From shoe factory to international school – a textbook transformation!

    One of England’s most traditional schools, St Bees, has opened its first school in China in a former shoe factory, thanks to brilliant transformation by Hong Kong-based studio, Orient Occident Atelier. OOA preserved much of the factory’s structure, adding a red brick façade as an unmistakable nod to the classic red sandstone buildings that house the UK school, founded by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1853.

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    Here are your winners for A&D Awards 2020!

    After two rounds of intense scrutiny and adjudication by our international panel of judges, it’s time to reveal all the winners of A&D Awards 2020.

    Topping the charts are our 34 Gold Award winners – 16 in the Architecture and Future Developments categories and 18 in the Interior Design and Innovation & Technology categories. The overwhelming majority were awarded to projects and products in Greater China, with three going to international projects. The judges identified 19 Silver and 15 Bronze Awards.

    The winners were selected from 94 shortlisted projects. More than 300 entries were submitted this year, which was a tremendous response from the architecture and interior design community given the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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