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Lead DesignersFai Au
Prize(s)Silver in Interior Design / Institutional
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Entry Description

This entrance space is for a significant genetic science research center in China. Beyond an entry, it is an important threshold between end-users’ daily works and rest.

In the existing architectural design, both work and rest spaces are arranged with modular rooms and enclosed corridors. The space is monotonous and confined. Our goal is to break this monotony and confinement, turn the entrance space into a tranquil threshold between work and rest.

We relocate the elevator, toilets and stairs in the existing design and make a four-floor-volume lobby, a double-volume exhibition space and a terraced forum space washed with infused daylight. Reconstituted stone and white stucco paint are used to shape the minimal space, and bring light, shadow and people to the foreground. The stainless steel spiral stair in the center abstractly responses to the primary structural form of proteome - the α- helix.


O Studio Architects is an architectural practice devoted to the contemplation, research and design of the contemporary built environment. Recently focusing on both public and private projects in Hong Kong and the Greater China Region, the practice has diverse body of works includes mainly cultural, institutional and educational buildings.

Awards and Prize

Winner, 2020 Architectural Record's Design Vanguard | Winner, 2020 Red Dots Design Award | Winner, 2019 Good Design Award | Exhibitor, 2018 Venice Biennale Hong Kong Pavilion | Co-curator, 2017 HKSZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture | Silver Award, 2016 IDA Design Awards-Interior Category | Silver Award, 2016 IDA Design Awards-Architecture Category | Shortlisted, 2016 ARCHASIA Awards for Architecture | Finalist, 2015 HKIA Annual Awards for Special Architectural Award | Merit Award, 2015 Design for Asia Awards | Young Architect Prize, 2014 Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards | Commendation Entry, 2013 WKCDA Arts Pavilion Design Competition | Merit Award, 2012 HKIA Annual Award | Certificate of Excellence, 2012 Perspective Awards | Short-listed, 2012 WKCD Xiqu Center Design Competition | Medal of the Year, 2011 HKIA Annual Award | Winner, 2012 Perspective 40 under 40 Award | Winner, 2011 World Architecture Community Award | Short-listed, 2011 World Architecture Community Award | Nominee, 2010 China Media Architecture award, Young Architect Prize | Runner-up, 2010 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition | Champion, 2007 Hong Kong Young Architect Award | First Prize, 2007 HKYAA Design Competition | Honorable Mention, 2006 East Asian Game Venue Design Competition