Archive for May, 2014

Scantily Clad

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Captured with an iPhone, the glazed facade of KPF’s Chow Tai Fook Centre in Guangzhou is slowly rising to enclose the impressive tower.

Chow Tai Fook Centre

Plato Win

Monday, May 19th, 2014

“Courage is knowing what not to fear” said Plato.

Even Chinese coffee.


Breaking Cover

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou

While sitting in an architect’s office in Singapore, I noticed the corner of a familiar photograph peeking out from a stack of recent magazines. Always seems I’m the last to know about these things but I was pleased nonetheless to see my image displayed so prominently.

Not so pleased to see the appalling job the graphics people had done retouching the sky on the left to make room for the copy. I certainly hope no-one thought I was responsible for that mess!

On closer inspection, I could see that there was no possibility for that. Because the magazine hadn’t even correctly credited the cover image.

Now that really is appalling and just plain lazy on the part of the publication. I checked with my client, whom I know are very fastidious with attributions, and was assured that the full credit for the photographs had been sent to the publication.


Tower Cotta

Monday, May 12th, 2014

From the architect. Huishan North Bund is the 255,000 sm anchor redevelopment for the transformation of the historic Hongkou District waterfront in Shanghai. As the newest initiative of an extensive and multi-phase riverfront revitalization, the North Bund extends several kilometers along the winding Huangpu River. Once a sequestered shipping port, the site is now poised to become a major public destination for commerce and leisure activities, as well as perform the important task of reconnecting the city with its riverfront.



Designed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, the firm’s extensive contributions to the North Bund redevelopment comprise a total of eight new buildings, including one still under construction, constructed to varying heights up to 130 meters—and framing a new marina. Each new building features a green roof, ice storage, operable windows and raised floor systems to increase energy efficiency; and varied glass, steel and terra cotta façades designed for the controlled absorption of abundant sunlight as well as reflective light from the marina.

These constructions, in addition to the esplanade, on-site storm water harvesting, and easy access to multiple modes of public transit, all represent an ambitious and comprehensive sustainability initiative that is targeting a Three Star green building rating, or roughly China’s equivalent of LEED Gold/Platinum.



Perhaps the project’s most notable sustainable feature is the marina itself, which both supports the central HVAC system and creates its own micro-climate for the surrounding plaza and buildings. This is enabled by the new marina lock, the first of its kind in Shanghai. As river water flows in and out through the lock, the marina functions as a heat sink, serving a submerged HVAC central plant and pump room which utilize the cold river water for heat rejection.  Furthermore, continuous evaporative cooling from the surface water of the marina develops a micro-climate that benefits the entire outdoor setting.



Beep! Beep!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Somewhere between Palm Springs and Las Vegas

The Road Runner’s Retreat