Image by Power-nap Over ( PNO)
The team’s ongoing typological research, illustration and photo survey of Hong Kong based brutalism architectures in their Design Trust Seed Grant project, all culminated in this exhibition with fascinating research curation. Looking back to the origin, brutalism in Britain advocated the concept of “As Found”, it values an honest expression of materiality and design as the present. The case studies and drawings include United College Wu Chung Library of CUHK, Chinese Methodist Church North Point, Former Shaw Brothers Studio, etc, built between 1950s-1970s when brutalism started to emerge. Amongst architects of the fifteen works of brutalist architecture exhibited, some of them such as Ho Tao, Poon Yin-Keung, Ronald Poon Cho-Yiu, Peter Poon Yen-Shou and Chau Kai-Heem, were study abroad in UK or US in the 50s, Their brutalist works in Hong Kong have shown their sense towards trends of world architecture and adding some touches of internationality in our urban landscape.