Nanxianglou Art Hotel, an entry in the Commercial category, is based in Nanxianglou, one of the most scenic spots in the historic Gankeng Village, Shenzhen of Guangdong province. Visitors can experience the old architecture that celebrates the culture of Southern Fujian and features from the Hakkas’ architectural culture. Grey tile walls, thick wood doors and beams, carved sculptures along the eaves are components from recycled buildings in Southern Fujian.
Honor of China Sales center from Geedesign is another entry in the Commercial category. By using the openness of space, Wang Weijie, the designer, has made the sales center fluid, with a unique cultural charm, and turned the building into a floating sculpture through light and shadow. At the entrance, there are two concavo-convex stone walls, with a limited height that won’t obstruct the view of passers-by on the sidewalk. The stone steps twist upwards bypassing the first stone wall - the waterway with water wave can be seen. Low stone walls separate the center from outside noise, whilst the turbulent water soothes the nerves.
Hong Kong plays host to the Tsing Yi Southwest Leisure Building - Architectural Services Department, an entry in the Leisure category. Sitting at mid-level of Tsing Yi against the hillside, the Tsing Yi Southwest Leisure Building’s design introduces a young and vibrant image to recreation centres in Hong Kong. A sense of motion is expressed by dynamically articulated elements throughout the building. These include the front façade of folding cement panels, interior walls and ceilings with dynamic profiles, feature furniture, as well as the undulating baffle ceiling at the swimming pool, which resembles the posture of a swimmer performing the butterfly stroke.
Finchley Road is an entry in the Future Projects - Residential category. The scheme represents a good example of how art and architecture can be merged into successful urban design which re-intensifies and brightens up an under-utilised urban space, providing valuable living space whilst mitigating noise and pollution. Fixed window panels are positioned next to noise attenuating ventilation panels with air filters to create a contrasting diagonally patterned facade. On the roof, solar panels are added to provide 20% of the required building energy through renewable energy.