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What we do / Architecture / Mixed use / Xihongmen Mixed-use Development, Da Xing District
13 April 2014
2014 ENR Global Best Project Awards

Aedas received two awards at Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) second annual Global Best Projects competition. The Star in Singapore, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, is named Best Global Project (Retail/Mixed-use Developments); while THR350 in Hong Kong is awarded an Award of Merit (Residential/Hospitality).
“We are very proud to have delivered the Best Global Project to our clients and users,” said Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas. “Aedas will continue to draw on our global network of creative excellence in architecture and seek to understand the social and cultural nuances of the communities we design for in order to create great design.”
The design for The Star does not present one singular expression to describe the project; instead it celebrates the rich and diverse happenings inside the building with a multi-faceted, permeable and dynamic design, blurring the boundaries between public and private realms as well as retail and cultural components. The 62,000-square-metre development comprises The Star Performing Arts Centre, a Cultural Zone with a 5,000-seat theatre; and The Star Vista, a Retail and Entertainment Zone with an open air mall. The transitions are soft and flowing to encourage discovery, providing a premier entertainment, lifestyle and retail experience not only for one-north but also the wider Singapore community. It will compete with other Best Global Projects from different categories for the Global Project of the Year at the ENR+Dodge Global Construction Summit held next month.
THR350 is a nine-storey private residence designed by Ken Wai, Member of the Board, Aedas International. Located at a hillside on Hong Kong Island, its design was inspired by an early image of the city which shows a waterfall pouring down from a cliff and visually dividing the rock surface into two portions. This visual became the key driver of the design concept which uses a 1.5-metre grid to govern the planning of the building. This is rigidly followed through on the façade to resemble the sturdy rock face; but punctuated by a sculptural staircase that reflects the freeform of water and was further reinterpreted as three stacking ice cubes. The collision of forms not only links the building to the historic setting of Hong Kong but also the current context of the site, making it uniquely appropriate.
ENR Global Best Projects competition identifies and honours the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts.