Showroom by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg in Opus Hong Kong

The furniture and decorative pieces provide a feeling of substance without looking heavy. Photo: Swire Properties

When interior designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg were given carte blanche by Swire Properties to create a showroom "home" in Frank Gehry's Opus Hong Kong (completed in May), the Canadian duo decided to create their own design narrative based on a fictional family.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 5:27am

The Z factor

The Z-Boat designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to design an eight-metre vessel known as the Z-Boat. Designed for London-based art dealer and writer Kenny Schachter, its asymmetrical shape would look at home in a Batman movie.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:56pm

A kind of MADness

Effortlessly stylish in a simple black shirt and jeans, Ma Yansong sits cradling a cup of tea with a pack of flu medicine nearby. He has just returned to his office, in the heart of a complex of thin ancient alleyways in Beijing, from a work trip to France, and looks tired; like someone who simply doesn't have enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things he would like to.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Inspired thinking

In the world of design, two beliefs frustrate Cecil Balmond more than anything. 'The assumption that space is empty and can be subdivided and gridded,' he says. 'And the assumption that straightness is efficient and essential.' For a man who has spent most of his career rethinking, reshaping and revolutionising his field, those aren't surprising.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Curves of steel

People are not used to women speaking their minds, says Zaha Hadid. 'They think you should be mute - if you're not you're difficult and if you have an opinion you are bad tempered.'

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Award-winning architect learning to make the most of advances in technology

The fifth Hong Kong International Art Fair opened its doors for a VIP preview on Wednesday evening, giving guests a chance to meet some renowned artists.

Plenty of women turned up in killer heels despite having to walk around the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, with its 266 galleries.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Magnum opus

Frank Gehry says of Opus Hong Kong, his first major project in Asia: "It's pretty dynamic and exciting, the scale of it and the access to it. In New York, you don't get a view like this unless you go up the Empire State Building."  Photo: May Tse

Payal Uttam looks at Frank Gehry's Opus Hong Kong, which promises to stun with both its looks and its prices.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The building of an exceptional attraction

Frank Gehry was chosen for the Opus Hong Kong project, seen in model form above, because he could do something commercially compelling, says Martin Cubbon of Swire Pacific.

There is compelling evidence that the market wants residential developments that are rare, unique and exceptional, like the Opus, says Martin Cubbon, chief executive of Swire Properties. 

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


What: Flintstone stool Why: Go back to the Stone Age with this quirky stool by Kare Design How much: HK$2,999 Where: Aluminium, 36 Cochrane Street, Central, tel: 2546 5904

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Past pleasures

A tourist arrives at the Chek Lap Kok airport after a tiring long-haul flight. He boards the Airport Express and gets off at Central.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

DRAWING on wisdom

The first exhibition in Hong Kong featuring the work of legendary architect Frank Gehry is being held at Taikoo Place until the end of October.

Gehry is widely regarded as one of the most influential architects in modern times and is most famous for his groundbreaking design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Wrecked angles

Frank Gehry rejects the term 'starchitect'. But cities wear his buildings like badges of honour, and tourists flock to see them. He has been hailed as one of the most culturally influential people in the world, precisely because he bends all the rules, just as he does the surfaces of his buildings.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Second time lucky for Foster in West Kowloon arts hub

Almost a decade after British architect Norman Foster won the competition to design the city's arts hub with his huge but never-built canopy, he was yesterday named victor of a new contest to design the attraction.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Dutch architect defends vision for cultural hub

With the decision on a designer due today, renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas made a last-ditch effort to defend his plan for the city's arts hub, which trailed in a public poll released last week.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am