MIPIM ASIA 2006: close up on architecture

Architects from around the world will converge on Hong Kong this month to attend the first edition of MIPIM Asia, the international Asia Pacific property market, which takes place September 27-29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

MIPIM Asia, which will bring together leading companies involved in the international real estate business, is proving particularly popular with architecture specialists. To date, some 50 architecture practices from 19 countries will be attending the three-day event. Three weeks before its opening, MIPIM Asia already registered some 1,500 real estate professionals and 228 exhibiting companies from 42 countries.

"The dynamism of the Asia Pacific real estate business is generating some truly extraordinary projects which provide exciting opportunities for architects around the world," says Gilles Saint Georges Chaumet, Director of MIPIM Asia. "By bringing together the key players from Asia Pacific with their international counterparts, including architects, we hope MIPIM Asia will contribute to fuelling this dynamism."

Architecture companies attending the show include:

Atkins China Ltd. – the company has been appointed to build the TEDA towers in the port of Tianjin. These three towers will be among China's tallest, with the highest tower measuring 356 meters and hosting 400 apartments, a 400 room hotel, offices and shopping areas. A total of 400,000 sq. m of surface area will be created, and the project is programmed for 2009.

EDAW (Hong Kong) - is a global, land-based design and planning consultancy with large-scale projects throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Important public projects in China include the Beijing Olympic Aquatic Park, the award-winning historical preservation and tourism development plan for Qiaonan Village, the large-scale waterfront master plans and landscape designs for Jinji Lake in Suzhou and Wuxi Li Lake in Wuxi, and the Macau Cotai resort master plan.

Ong & Ong Architects Ltd. (Singapore) – founded in 1972, with a track record of more than 500 projects, this architects practice is widely known in the Asia Pacific region. Already active in Vietnam, Ong & Ong plans to start business in Malaysia, India, the Philippines and in China.

Benoy (United Kingdom) – an international firm based in London and Hong Kong, whose projects cover a broad range of targets, such as retailers, leisure, and more recently residences, transport and even the renovation of entire neighborhoods. These projects include Village Renovation (Hong Kong), Century Boulevard (Shanghai), and APM Kwun Tong (Hong Kong).

Japan Hayakawa Architectural Design (Japan) – this architects practice, widely known for projects that combine modern design, technology and the environment, was founded in Tokyo in 1990 and opened a branch in Shanghai in 2004. Among ongoing projects is the impressive hotel centre planned for the Shanghai EXPO in 2010.

Archetype Group (Vietnam) – based in Ho Chi Minh Ville, the architecture and project management practice is specialized in designing individual houses and buildings as well as developing large-scale urban and industrial areas. In 10 years, Archetype has expanded into Cambodia, India and Thailand. Their projects include Saigon Pearl Residential Towers, Bodhi Tree Resort, Lafarge Cement Factory, Trung Yen Luxury apartment, and the British Embassy.

AEDAS (Hong Kong) - operating in the United Kingdom, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, this organisation specialised in architecture, design and urban planning is highly focused on environmental issues. Large-scale projects include North Star (Beijing) and West Kowloon Cultural district (HK).

Woodhead (Australia) – this famous firm of architects is competing for the creation of a new urban district - Diamond Island - in Ho Chi Minh Ville (Vietnam). Other ongoing projects include Chongqing Fortune Plaza involving the design of several hotels and apartments covering 100,000 sq. m

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