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What we do / Architecture / Mixed use / Xihongmen Mixed-use Development, Da Xing District
20 November 2018
Three Aedas projects by Cary Lau, Julian Middleton and Greg Farrell win four design awards

Aedas-designed The Beacon in Hong Kong was crowned the Best of Category for Best Green and Sustainable Build at A&D Trophy Awards 2018 and received a Gold Award at Hong Kong Design Award 2018; while Victoria Palace Theatre in London, UK, was recognised with a Certificate of Excellence for Best International Architecture at A&D Trophy Awards 2018, and Novotel Century Hong Kong - Lobby Area received a Silver Award at Hong Kong Design Award 2018.

Executive Director Cary Lau drew inspirations from the city’s post-war structures to design The Beacon, setting an excellent example of contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture. In the early post-war years, it was common to create illegal iron balconies for residential units in Mongkok, a hyper-dense neighbourhood in Hong Kong, to maximise view and area. The building reinterprets these structures in a modern way – the irregular protrusions create unobstructed views for each unit. Also inspired by the home gardens which people created on those iron balconies, a green wall on the podium façade is designed to further connect the building with the historical cityscape and offer more greenery at the pedestrian level.

Led by Executive Director Julian Middleton, Aedas Arts Team was responsible for the restoration, refurbishment and extension of the Victoria Palace Theatre located in the heart of London’s West End. The theatre was originally designed in 1911 by Edwardian theatre architect Frank Matcham. The overarching design approach for the extension and refurbishment works was to ‘complete’ the work of the original architect by stripping away the unsympathetic additions and reworking the original areas by improving and enhancing the building and adding new elements in Matcham’s idiosyncratic architectural style. Additional land enabled the building of a new state-of-the-art stage and stage house, whilst the public areas, auditorium, backstage facilities, rehearsal room and external appearance were improved and upgraded.

The 508-key Novotel Century Hong Kong is a popular hotel in the heart of the city. Aedas Interiors was tasked with opening up the 441 square metre lobby to accommodate its high traffic flow. Led by Executive Director Greg Farrell, the team envisioned the nearly five-metre high lobby as an oasis in the middle of Wanchai’s chaos, and developed a contemporary Asian inspired concept based on organic forms with a neutral colour palette accented by moss green and blonde wood grains. Separate areas between the main flow of traffic, dubbed the Main Road, and the seating, dubbed the Play and Relax area, were demarcated using terrazzo floor tiles and marble with oak flooring respectively.

Created in 2004, The A&D Trophy Awards (previously The Perspective Awards) celebrate excellence in architecture, interior design and product design across Asia-Pacific and beyond; and the Hong Kong Design Awards programme provides marketplace recognition across an extensive range of categories and celebrates the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way.