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Alexander Wong Architects Unveils ‘Futuristic Eden’ at UA Shenzhen Cinema

Futuristic Eden at UA Shenzhen Cinema by Alexander Wong Architects

Press Release
Hong Kong – 22nd December, 2010 – UA Shenzhen, designed by award-winning and internationally-recognised design firm Alexander Wong Architects, was officially opened in southern China this month. The innovative cinema complex, which is the first UA cinema in Shenzhen and the only so far to house an IMAX theatre, was designed to a unique sensual spatial ‘Futuristic Eden’ theme. This is the latest in a wide portfolio of UA complexes designed by Hong Kong-based Alexander Wong Architects, which is expert in thematic cinema design.

UA Shenzhen will provide an expanse of widely sought-after cinema facilities in the rapidly growing city, comprising 6 traditional cinemas, 1 V.I.P. cinema as well as the IMAX theatre. The vast cinema complex is located at the recently-completed KK Mall – a leading destination for entertainment and leisure facilities, as well as restaurants and trendy retail outlets. Alexander Wong Architects was appointed by UA to create an exciting and dynamic themed-design that will mirror the vibrancy of KK Mall, revolutionizing the cinema experience in Shenzhen and redefine the future of movie entertainment in the city.

Futuristic Eden at UA Shenzhen Cinema by Alexander Wong Architects

“Today going to the cinema is about so much more than simply the movie you watch. The entire experience should be exciting in every aspect; from arriving at the complex to leaving. That is something that UA have truly mastered, and the cinema’s design is a very big part of that. We aspire to realise a distinct theme in the interiors of each of our cinema projects, and that makes visiting them a different and invigorating experience each time,” said Alexander Wong, Founder and Director of Alexander Wong Architects.

Consistent with the signature style of Alexander Wong Architects, each theatre or space within UA Shenzhen is unique, yet connected through the overall design theme. The ‘Futuristic Eden’ theme epitomises the modern Shenzhen; sophistication infused with youthfulness and dynamism. The cinema interiors, inspired by the Garden of Eden, are defined by parametric and organic overtones. With every aspect of the design rooted in this striking concept, it provides a spatial experience that is sensual and seductive.

Futuristic Eden at UA Shenzhen Cinema by Alexander Wong Architects

“The ‘Futuristic Eden’ narrative is a concept that makes UA Shenzhen fresh and exciting, and appealing to all ages. The dramatic designs are defined by striking colours and subtle finishes, evoking a sense of vibrancy and seduction. This is accentuated by the lighting design, which achieves a stark contrast from one room to the next,” said Wong.

Entry into the UA complex is immediately compelling with a reflective diamond surface embossed with a giant UA Shenzhen logo. The cinema complex landscape is centred around the Crocodile Box Office and Pink Pink Bar. This open space is defined by the high ceilings and dim lighting, interrupted only by the brightness of the fluorescent confectionary stand. This stunning yet refined atmosphere sets the ambience for the ‘Futuristic Eden’ theme.

The design for the main attraction of UA Shenzhen, the IMAX theatre, is inspired by butterflies in a progression of the Garden of Eden concept. The theatre is characterised by shades of deep blue and is most visually striking in the form of butterfly patterns lining the walls. Outside, the Bar Chrysalis expands on the butterfly theme. The design alludes to the biological form of this beautiful creature before its exceptional transformation.

This concept of nature and primal beauty is continued across the common areas. A main walkway for patrons, the spacious Liquid Tunnel is evocative of outer space. Asymmetrical lights span the ceiling and walls to create the illusion that one is walking under the stars.

“Café Eden epitomises the notion of natural beauty within the design theme. The ‘living wall’ made up of faux greeneries sits below the ceiling saturated by chandeliers in the form of giant crystal teardrops,” said Wong.

Futuristic Eden at UA Shenzhen Cinema by Alexander Wong Architects

Each of the cinema houses develops the ‘Futuristic Eden’ theme in a different and visually exciting form. The Adam and Eve cinema house alludes to the form of the male and female body. This is achieved through bold and sensual patterns lining the walls.

Alexander Wong Architects has designed numerous UA Cinema facilities, on top of the company’s luxury residential portfolio, including CityPlaza, Tuen Mun and iSquare in Hong Kong.

About Alexander Wong Architects

Alexander Wong Architects is an Award-Winning, avant-garde architectural firm originating in Hong Kong. Since 2001, the company has since evolved into a Leader in Themed Cinema Design and a dynamic multi-disciplinary powerhouse creating fresh, young & cutting edge designs for Architecture and beyond.

Presenting and combining the best of what Asia-Pacific has to offer in superior design, attention to detail, professional diligence, business acumen and cost effective management, Alexander Wong Architects propels not just architecture, but also interiors, branding and real estate development, to a new level of excellence.

Metropol Parasol: Opening of the Market Hall (J. MAYER H. Architects)

Opening of the Market Hall - Metropol Parasol - by J. MAYER H. Architects

Press Release:
A celebration was held on Sunday, December 19th to mark the partial completion of the Metropol Parasol project. Festivities began with the opening of the market hall. The majority of the Parasol’s wooden construction has now been erected. Full completion of the project is planned for March/April 2011.

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La BONNE BOUCHE French Bistro and Bar au vin by Corvin Cristian

La BONNE BOUCHE French Bistro and Bar au vin. 2010 by Corvin Cristian

Text from Corvin Cristian:
Classic with a twist french bistro & bar au vin. Among the classic french bistro features (banquette, cast iron tables, carreaux ciment), we introduced some contemporary elements as the tom dixon wall lamps, the navy chair or the taraxacum. The metallic window between kitchen and restaurant is a reclaimed piece from a 1920 factory and it fitted the arch perfectly. We left visible a few original features of the building as the metal pillars by the entrance, brick arches and “Paris stone” pillar. The restaurant is located in the historical center of Bucharest and has quickly become a benchmark for the area.

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Homewood Suites by Hilton University City

 Homewood Suites by Hilton University City

Slated for completion in Spring 2012, he Homewood Suites by Hilton University City broke ground last week on an upscale all-suite extended stay hotel at 4109 Walnut Street in Philadelphia’s University City. The hotel will be part of the Homewood Suites by Hilton® brand and will cater to the needs of the many professionals, patients, families and other out-of-town visitors who require longer-term accommodations in close proximity to the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other academic and medical facilities in the area.

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1 World Trade Center Office Tower Reaches Halfway Point

1 World Trade Center Office Tower

Press Release (Dec. 16, 2010):
NEW YORK — Steel at 1 World Trade Center (WTC) today reached the 52nd floor–more than 600 feet above street level–on what will be a 104-floor, 3.5-million-gross square foot commercial tower. At a height of 1,776 feet upon completion, the tower will be the tallest building in New York City and the United States. Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC) is serving as construction manager on 1 WTC for the owner, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and was the builder of the original World Trade Center complex. TCC is part of AECOM Technology Corp. (NYSE: ACM), a Fortune 500 provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world.

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Curtis Fentress Honored with the 2010 AIA Silver Medal

Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA

Press Release (December 13, 2010):
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, of Fentress Architects with the Silver Medal, the highest award for an architect in the Western Mountain Region. The Silver Medal “recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the Institute, the design profession and the citizens of the Western Mountain Region, their community, and who has transcended local boundaries.” Earlier this year, Fentress became the first in this region to be awarded the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor for public architecture. Only seven private-sector architects worldwide received the Thomas Jefferson Award before him. Fentress’ design portfolio has been honored with more than 350 awards and accolades for innovation and design excellence, including 80 AIA awards, and featured in over 3,000 regional, national and international articles, books and television newscasts.

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Yellow Store Exclusively NIKON shop in Bucharest by Corvin Cristian

Yellow Store Exclusively NIKON shop in Bucharest by Corvin Cristian

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The shop showcases NIKON’s whole range of products, from compact cameras, DSLRs to binoculars and rangefinders. The shop is located in a fashion mall which brings a challenge: to design a space worthy of NIKON’s image but friendly enough for passing by customers to get inside easily. The hook solution was to open the shop on two of its sides making it an alternative link between the main corridors of the venue. The products are placed in a “soft box” strip in the wall, along this path.”

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HEADVERTISING: Advertising Agency Offices by Corvin Cristian

HEADVERTISING Advertising agency offices 2008 by Corvin Cristian
© Vlad Caprarescu

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Inside the former Romanian Stock Exchange, the shipping crates themed furniture acts as: storage, movable dividing walls, dynamic company statement and reverence on the genius loci. The over sized lamps and the chesterfields add a homey feeling to the otherwise austere design. The warmth is brought by the natural touch of plywood. Stock Exchange >> moving goods. Advertising agency >> moving brands (which is moving goods as well) >> moving shipping crates.

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