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Published on : Monday, August 1, 2016
The “Design Your Airport Competition”, organised by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), has successfully concluded with an award presentation ceremony held during the weekend. Awards were presented to winners selected by the judging panel among many outstanding submissions.
The competition divided into two categories of Secondary Student Group and Open Group, challenged participants to propose ideas for facilities or services within a designated space in the passenger concourse, with the purpose of enhancing the travel experience of passengers. The entry that scooped the championship on the Open Group wove the design of the iconic dim sum steamer into different types of airport facilities. A design integrating elements of nature into the terminal as a tribute to the eco-friendly facilities seized the first runner-up prize, while the second runner-up incorporated elements of traditional herbal tea in the design. Other winning design themes featured typhoon shelters and Cantonese opera with bamboo scaffolds.
The judging panel comprised representatives of the engineering and architecture professions respectively, including Vincent Ng, President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Bernard Lim, Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Joseph Choi, President of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers; as well as AA executives including C K Ng, Executive Director, Airport Operations; John Chai, Executive Director, Engineering and Technology; Kevin Poole, Executive Director, Third Runway; and Adrian Cheung, Chief Communication Officer.
The competition received a total of 249 participating entries for the two categories. Based on the criteria of relevance to the chosen theme, as well as its creativity, feasibility, aesthetics and sustainability, the judging panel selected a Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up for each of the two categories respectively. In recognition of the high quality of the submissions, the judging panel agreed to award a few more winners and Honorable Mentions for each group.
Mr C K Ng said, “Some designs embody aesthetics and practicality at the same time, while others showcase Hong Kong’s local culture and reflect the airport’s role as a gateway to the world. The submissions we received are inspiring and will serve as a reference as we embark on a series of major construction projects at the airport in the coming years, such as expanding the Hong Kong International Airport into a Three-runway System and the expansion of Terminal 1.”