Mop House is a residential project by AGi architects that was originally planned to house one family with two small children, however in the future it could be divided into two units. The structure of the house and the distribution of the circulation, as well as the positioning of the entrances and lift allows for guaranteed privacy between parents and children in the prospective future. The site can be accessed from either side of the surrounding streets to allow for both a private and a public entrance, whilst establishing a strong relationship with the adjacent public garden.
The proposed Ring House consists of a cylindrical volume embracing a rectangular one. The cylinder acts as a protective closed wall with a single narrow opening serving as the entrance, while the inside rectangle accommodates fluidly all the house functions necessary for the everyday life of the artist: a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, a kitchen and an atelier. The interior space interacts smoothly with the serene outdoor atrium, a large terrace garden with one symbolic tree and a circular water feature.
The key feature of this building is a massive portico that floats over the school gardens. The structure arises from the combination of the two programmatic requirements. The need to create an institutional iconic image, and the inclusion of a set of amphitheatres. The result is achieved in one of the largest concrete structures in the world. In an article published in the Design Magazine, CC Sullivan wrote: Montenegro's School of Technology and Management never fails to create opportunities for reflection. The theatricality and grandeur are unmatched elsewhere...
Rising Moon is a temporary pavilion designed to serve as an anchor attraction during the 2013 Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival. It re-interpret traditional paper lanterns with recycled plastic bottles on the same time creating a Synthetic Moon, thus promoting the message of environmental protection. Rising Moon offered strong visual impact with sound and lighting effects externally and internally. The design received the Gold Award at the Lantern Wonderland Design Competition.
Some of the most fulfilling designs are those embedded and contextualised in their local culture. It was the designer’s intent from the outset to reflect, in the architectural expression, the vibrant nature of Asia, Hong Kong and Wanchai. The shading device on the hotel façade resembles a dragon; the glass bottomed cantilevered pool is considered as a pearl often associated with dragons. The hotel design also provides legibility at both the City (macro) and Human (micro) scale.
The university is located in Suzhou, where the famous Taihu stone is unearthed. The design of the Administration Information Building was inspired by the porous nature of the stone due to long time of erosion. The pores and holes are transformed into a void structure with functional spaces linking up different programmes of the building. The voids also allow the building to respond to the users and surrounding context and turn it into a vessel for interaction. The different heights of voids also create a three-dimensional Suzhou garden within the building.