American Architecture

Gehry's stylish Opus to be a 'good neighbour'

Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry says his first residential building in Asia, completed in Hong Kong yesterday, was designed to be 'a good neighbour' to the rest of the city.

Friday, 30 March, 2012, 12:00am

Gehry's latest comes with a twist

An insight into how acclaimed architect Frank Gehry came up with the twisting design for his first residential building in Asia is given in an exhibition that opens today.

Models and sketches made by Gehry during the creative process for the project at 53 Stubbs Road are on display in Taikoo Place, Island East, until October 27.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Back to earth

Before hardware stores were an option, people had to make do with the stuff around them to build their homes. Indigenous Americans in the southwestern United States, for example, used clay. They mixed it with sand, water, sticks and straw to create a material called adobe.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mover & shaper

FRANK GEHRY IS a bit grumpy as he looks out the window of a suite in the Peninsula Hotel. It's late afternoon and pellucid sunshine is draped over the buildings of Hong Kong island, none of which bears the name of a man described as 'the greatest living architect' by, among others, Hollywood actor Laurence Fishburne, who likes to take Gehry for marijuana-fuelled rides on his motorcycle.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Open house

Growing up in Realty Gardens in Mid-Levels in the 1970s and 80s, Coralie Langston-Jones and her brother, Harvey, had the opportunity to enjoy the finer things in life. First of all, there was the view. The verandah of their family's flat boasted a stunning panorama of Victoria Harbour.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Spanish mission style

In the 1930s, American popular culture was spreading across the globe. Our forebears loved Coca-Cola, dixieland jazz on the radio and glamorous Hollywood stars on the silver screen.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Architects under attack in probe

Government architects have come under fire after a $10,000 maintenance job at the Star Ferry car park snowballed into a $1.7 million bill for taxpayers.

The Audit Commission's latest value-for-money report also found the Architectural Services Department had not carried out $762 million worth of work approved in the 2002-2004 financial years.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Community divided over threat to waterfront tranquillity

The planned garden park - and the necessary removal of hundreds of trees - has received a mixed response from businesses in the Stanley area but has been welcomed by tourists and residents.

There are also fears that it will destroy the tranquil environment of a nearby temple.

5 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

16 Shek O Road

16 Shek O Road

Shek O

Size: 4,000 square feet

Layout: four bedrooms

To rent: $330,000 a month

Agent: Jones Lang LaSalle

29 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Frank Gehry

Should I have heard of him? Probably, and you may have stopped and stared at his quirky buildings. Frank Gehry, who was born in Canada but became a naturalised United States citizen, is renowned for his deconstructed architectural style and his sculptural, functional buildings. It's an approach that has won him acclaim from many quarters.

11 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Cultural monument for Tamar

Great cities usually have great cultural monuments, and Hong Kong has none.

When we think of Sydney, its harbourside opera house comes immediately to mind. It is a major landmark and tourist attraction.

30 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Marketing overhaul brings in the crowds

Attendances at cash-strapped Ocean Park have recovered in the past six months and the rebound may generate a surplus this financial year, halting accumulated losses of more than $200 million over the past four years.

Attendances rose by 22 per cent to 1.75 million in the second half of last year.

21 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Washington airport boosts cargo capacity with US$3.2m facility

A US$3.2 million cargo facility is being built at the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said the structure would comprise 43,000 square feet of warehouse space and 11,000 sq ft of office space, located west of the airport.

14 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Anson Chan offers to give up bungalow

THE Chief Secretary, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, has offered to give up her official bungalow in Lantau, which was burgled this week, and to let other civil servants use it as a holiday home.

Mrs Chan said the Government would find ways of making better use of the house, which she has never visited.

21 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Students take prizes by design

FISH ponds and the hi-tech spirit of the Bauhaus school of modern architecture may seem to have little in common.

But they have proved inspiring for two Hong Kong University Master of Architecture students who seized honours for Hong Kong by taking prizes in two renowned international design competitions.

9 Jun 1994 - 12:00am