Business of Architectonics Week allotment this year with a focus on Italy – although architectonics enthusiasts may bethink that the Mediterranean country was BODW’s accomplice country 10 years ago. Why the repeat?
“When we aboriginal partnered with Italy we were absorbed in Italian products,” says Eric Yim Chi-ming, administrator of the Hong Kong Architectonics Centre, which organises the week-long forum. “This time, abnormally afterwards the bread-and-butter crisis of 2008, we are absorbed in how they faced the claiming by exporting their architectonics services. This is article Hong Kong can learn.”
From December 4 to 9, dozens of speakers from about the apple will assemble on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to allocution about architecture, products, advice architectonics and how acceptable architectonics makes for acceptable business.
Among them are 22 Italian designers and entrepreneurs who will allotment their assignment and insights. That includes husband-and-wife duo Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, who advised Shenzhen’s admirable new airport terminal, and Oscar Farinetti, artist of Eataly, a accepted alternation of flush aliment halls with locations in 11 countries, including Japan and South Korea.
Italy has a continued architectonics attitude – the country has about 150,000 architects, compared to about 40,000 in China – and Italian brands are able-bodied accepted about the world. The banking crisis befuddled up the industry and affected it to anticipate added acutely about the amount of Italian design.
“It is consistently analytic for article new,” says artisan Mario Trimarchi, who works consistently with appliance and homewares cast Alessi.
“Italian architectonics is still in a moment of amazing and abundant aesthetic growth,” says autogenous artisan and artisan Umberto Branchini. One of the country’s strengths is its arrangement of artisanal workshops that aftermath high-end appliance and added articles – a arrangement on which designers and brands still rely.
“In Italy, architectonics is a allotment of what we alarm ‘System Italy’, area the designers, factories, suppliers, authorities and accessible assessment are alive together,” says artefact artisan Giulio Vinaccia. “We [have] confused from the attitude of the 1960s, area the old masters were acting like Renaissance artists, alive about abandoned in their studios, to the bearings area the projects are realised by multicultural architectonics teams beneath the awning of a architectonics brand.”
Yim says that is decidedly accordant to Hong Kong, which has abounding family-run accomplishment companies operating factories in China.
“A lot of industrialists and manufacturers, akin admitting they confused their productions to southern China, a lot of their address are still based in Hong Kong,” he says. With a connected beck of architectonics graduates from institutions such as Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Architectonics Institute, he thinks the befalling is there for bounded companies to alpha alive added carefully with designers.
His own ancestors did aloof that: afterwards Yim alternate from belief architectonics at Cambridge University, he adapted his family’s animate appliance annex into appliance cast POSH, which is now endemic by American appointment appliance avant-garde Herman Miller.
I achievement to feel the spirit of the future
BODW will action afflatus for Hong Kong businesspeople and aesthetic types alike. Trimarchi, Branchini and Vinaccia will all be speaking about their corresponding architectonics practices. “I will allege about the connected chase for beauty,” says Trimarchi. “I am absorbed by the anapestic attendance of objects, by the accompanying attendance of past, present and approaching their souls harbour.”
Branchini’s presentation will be added grounded. “I will allege about my multidisciplinary practice,” he says. “The appearance of my architectonics is to aesthetic absolute spaces area all the elements are custom fabricated for anniversary client, from the aperture handles to the sofas, the carpets, the lamps and the finishing. I don’t like to use the aforementioned articles or account for altered people.”
Beyond the BODW forum, a array of accessory contest will booty place. On December 6, Alessi’s flagship abundance in the Landmark Prince’s Building will bare an exhibition committed to Trimarchi’s work, including the Swan kitchen tap and the Ossidiani espresso maker. At PMQ, the deTour anniversary brings calm exhibitions, talks and workshops.
Colour Living will accumulate its B&B Italia exhibit accessible backward into the night to acceptable added visitors. The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Hong Kong will appearance off some of its supercars to the accessible and a array of Italian restaurants accept been tasked with creating appropriate airheaded so bodies can “experience aliment and design”, says Yim.
“Hopefully in years to come, this burghal programme will be added broadcast into a absolute architectonics festival,” he says.
While Yim hopes Hongkongers can apprentice article from Italian designers, the Italians are acquisitive to see what’s accident in Hong Kong. “I achievement to architectonics article actuality with an accessible eye to bounded traditions,” says Branchini. Trimarchi has akin college expectations. “I achievement to feel the spirit of the future,” he says.
Business of Architectonics Week will action a glimpse of several above projects that will transform Hong Kong’s aesthetic and cultural scene. On December 7, Swiss artist Jacques Herzog will allocution about his assignment on the accessible M Building and the Old Bailey Galleries at the above Central Police Station and Victoria Prison compound, which is now accepted as Tai Kwun.
The galleries will be home to a alternation of abreast art exhibitions organised in affiliation with institutions including the Asia Art Archive and Para Site, while the blow of the armpit will accommodate a ancestry museum, cultural facilities, cafes and restaurants. The activity is slated to accessible abutting year, afterwards months of adjournment acquired back allotment of the circuitous collapsed.
Both projects are controversial. M has been likened to a behemothic cairn because of its wide, attenuated tower, while the afresh completed Old Bailey Galleries has been accused of cutting the Victorian-era ancestry barrio that beleaguer it. Yet both are acutely arresting works of architecture, and they will be home to two new institutions that accept already fabricated big after-effects in Hong Kong’s arts world.
The bounded annex of China’s Palace Building is akin added contentious. Announced as a abruptness backward aftermost year, its architectonics by bounded artist Rocco Yim has been compared to an age-old Chinese alembic accepted as a ding. Few specifics are accepted about the design, but Yim will afford ablaze on the activity at his
BODW allocution on December 9.
The aforementioned day, Canadian artist Venelin Kokalov will altercate his assignment on the Xiqu Centre, a new Chinese opera abode slated to accessible abutting year as allotment of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Kokalov formed on the architectonics with Hong Kong-born, Vancouver-based artist Bing Thom, who died accidentally aftermost year. Meant to arm-twist a theatre blind actuality pulled open, the centre will accommodate accessible space, a tea abode and Hong Kong’s aboriginal purpose-built area for Cantonese opera.