Adrian Cheng was a child when he first visited IM Pei’s revolutionary glass and metal pyramid at the Louvre. It was, he says, his first experience of architecture that ‘activates the soul’. ‘I remember being mesmerised by the architectural purity of the pyramid architecture and the daring juxtaposition of old and new,’ Cheng recalls. The founder of artisanal-focused lifestyle brand K11, and CEO of Hong Kong-based New World Development, Cheng has been the creative driving force behind K11 Musea, a groundbreaking art-retail complex that opened in 2019 in Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside cultural district (see W*247).
For the new K11 Art & Cultural Centre, a 6,000 sq m exhibition space with 1,000 sq m sculpture park on the sixth floor of K11 Musea, Cheng was keen to make a visual statement that bridges architecture, urbanism, landscape and public space. So he did not balk when Brooklyn-based architectural studio SO-IL proposed an undulating glass façade that would require investment to develop a revolutionary way of folding sheets of glass to create 9m-high, 0.9m-wide tubes.
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K1 arts complex, by Teo Yang and Ourstudio, for Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Elephant World, Thailand, by Bangkok Project Studio
MOKA Garden, South Korea, by Jaime Hayon
JUDGES' AWARDS 2021
Our highest honours span six special categories, adjudicated by this mighty jury. Meet the judges and winners on the following pages, and see full profiles and shortlists on Wallpaper.com
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BEST BURGER BAR
21 Rising Stars For 2021
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Pulling Through an Epidemic
“Do you have pickled pepper?” “Is silver fish (Hemisalanx prognathus Regan) available to order now?” The messages popping up on Cheng Cheng’s mobile phone give him some relief as his restaurant struggles to stay afloat financially during the COVID-19 epidemic. When he opened a group buying space on WeChat one year ago, which now has over 500 members, he never expected it would become the lifeline of his business during a sweeping epidemic. “WeChat saved my business, now all my employees are engaged in online commerce,” he said.
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BRAVE NEW WORLD
NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT’S ADRIAN CHENG AIMS TO CREATE A NEW LEGACY WITH HIS VICTORIA DOCKSIDE IN HONG KONG, SHOWCASING HIS K11 BRAND FUSING “ART, PEOPLE AND NATURE.”