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Arata Isozaki

Excessive building codes 'may ruin' Central Market

Architect Arata Isozaki with his vision for the revamp of Central Market. Photo: Felix Wong

Japanese master architect Arata Isozaki has appealed for Hong Kong buildings officials to relax certain codes to save his design for the historic Central Market.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 4:59am 1 comment

Green buildings on the rise in Persian Gulf states

The exhibition hall of the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. Photo: AP

With massive steel Sidra trees sprouting from the base of the building and a nine-metre high sculpture of a spider in the lobby protecting a sack of grey and white eggs, Qatar National Convention Centre is hard to ignore.

But it’s what most visitors don’t see that may become the building’s lasting legacy in a region far better known for over-the-top excesses than conservation.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:21pm

Time to give us the buildings we need

Debate among architects about whether buildings should be 'interesting' or 'good' is long-running and heated. Japan's Arata Isozaki, who is helping revitalise the historic Central Market, has weighed in by contending that Hong Kong has more than enough iconic structures.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Master's vision of practical beauty

Hong Kong has no need of iconic buildings but simply architecture that takes care of people's needs, says Japanese master architect Arata Isozaki, who is working with the Urban Renewal Authority to revitalise the historic Central Market.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New market won't make a splash

Those hoping to take a relaxing dip in the middle of Central will be disappointed. The historic Central Market is unlikely to have a swimming pool after it is revitalised, the Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday as it announced the team of architects who will design the project.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am



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