Low-carbon building design is an essential part in our move towards net zero. LWK + PARTNERS team led by Design Director Bosco Kwan and Director Truman Chan recently won a Merit prize for Existing Building category in the Advancing Net Zero Ideas Competition, fighting off many international industry stakeholders with an innovative retrofitting proposal inspiring zero carbon and ultra-energy efficient office developments of the future.
Organised by Hong Kong Green Building Council, the competition invites proposals for future-ready sustainable building design for achieving a net zero emission economy by 2050.
The award was presented by Hong Kong SAR Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP in the ceremony on 26 November. Bosco presented the proposal and design ideas, and joined a panel discussion sharing with fellow industry leaders and architects on the importance of user behaviours and energy consumption data to future designs, as well as the office design strategies to maximise people’s comfort through increasing exposure to nature and open-air experience.
In partnership with consultants Ramboll, Renizon and Mondo Green Energy, the team proposes a redevelopment scheme to turn Oxford House, an existing office building in eastern Hong Kong Island, into an energy-efficient urban forest paradise that promotes mental health and significantly cuts down on energy consumption through active and passive design strategies, bringing the vision of net zero closer to reality.
Their proposal will be showcased at a roving exhibition together with all the project entries. The first stop will run from 29 November to 17 December 2021 at Lincoln Bridge, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Do drop by and understand more!