HKICON Conservation Awards 2020

The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON) announced the winners of the 2020 HKICON Conservation Awards. The jury awarded two winners in the adaptive reuse category as a recognition of merit in their unique site-specific approaches; and one Special Mention in the restoration category. Chaired by HKICON, a panel of conservation experts met to review six submissions spanning three categories — restoration, adaptive reuse and interpretation. The Jury deliberation was conducted in early February.

award winners

The winning projects are:

 

Adaptive Reuse category:

Revitalisation of Haw Par Mansion into Haw Par Music

Raphael Ying, Design 2 (HK) Limited

The Mills <From Textile to Techstyle> Hong Kong's Future Re-industrialization
through Conservation

Ray Zee, Nan Fung Development Limited

special mention:

Restoration category:

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps, Central
Antiquities and Monuments Office

Adaptive Reuse

 

Revitalisation of Haw Par Mansion into Haw Par Music

Location: 15A Tai Hang Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

 

Adaptive reuse of the former Haw Par Mansion and private garden as the Haw Par Music School gives a new lease on life to Hong Kong’s last physical reminder of the vanished Tiger Balm Garden. Adhering to the principles of best practice, the project is particularly commendable for its standardsetting restoration works that recaptured the site’s original character. The new programmatic functions are seamlessly inserted in the historic fabric with innovative, minimal and reversible interventions that also functionally upgrade the place to meet modern-day requirements. The integration of conservation techniques with interpretative story-telling methods underscores the authenticity of the historic site and highlights the spirit of place. The project establishes a benchmark for works under Hong Kong’s Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme by thoughtfully conserving a fondly remembered social landmark.

Photo source: Haw Par Music

Adaptive Reuse

 

The Mills <From Textile to Techstyle> Hong Kong's Future Re-industrialization through
Conservation

Location: 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

The Mills project successfully transforms three former textile mills in Tsuen Wan as a contemporary cultural hub. The carefully curated programmes speak to the legacy of the textile industry while providing artistic, cultural and educational experiences that establish a sustainable community network. Highlighting the concept of connectivity, architectural interventions not only strengthen the building for its new use but also open up the place for integrated accessibility. Recognising and reviving the spirit of the place, the project attentively safeguards a non-graded yet significant postwar building in Hong Kong serving as an inspiration for conservation of the industrial heritage in the city and beyond.

Photo source: The Mills

Special Mention
 
Restoration

 

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps, Central

Location: Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong

The noteworthy restoration of the Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps, following its severe destruction during the super typhoon of 2018, has reinstated one of Hong Kong’s most iconic local landmarks. Sophisticated digital technology, like 3D scanning and printing, was used to adopt a systematic approach towards the repair and reassembly of the historic building components. The repair and documentation of the steps was followed by the expert restoration of the gas lamps, which engaged the original supplier and manufacturer. The project recovered the former glory of an important declared monument while validating its prominent place in the urban fabric of Hong Kong.

Photo source: Antiquities and Monuments Office

About the winning projects