Hugh Dutton Designed Lounge: RED FLOWER

at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2017
Swire Properties has collaborated with British architect Hugh Dutton to create the Swire Properties Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017. With a continued emphasis on natural light and organic materials, Dutton has created a calm and elegant sanctuary within the main concourse of the HKCEC, featuring a symbolic, sculptural red flower ringed with floating ribbons and radial light filtering petals. As the floating ribbons in the canopy cantilever towards each other they almost touch, creating a spatial tension that virtually encloses the space. Swire Properties has a natural synergy with Dutton’s unique ability to marry design with engineering to optimise space and aesthetics. The lounge design creates a calm setting for the Swire Properties Talks Programme that is simultaneously open and sheltered.

Photo by Houda Kabbaj


Hugh Dutton founded Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA) in 1995, a Paris-based design studio with a branch in Hong Kong. He qualified as an architect at the Architectural Association in London in the early 80’s. Convinced that quality in design comes with understanding how things are made, Hugh began his professional experience in Paris with Peter Rice, an engineer known for his inventiveness, notably for the Sydney Opera house and the Centre Pompidou. A period of immersion in an integrated holistic approach to design followed, working with structure, an appreciation of materials and light.

Collaboration from this time include pioneering bolted structural glass and cable structures at the La Villette Science museum, which revolutionized and transformed glass façade technology.

Growing on this background, the HDA studio’s work is a creative artistic fusion of technical disciplines in architecture, consciously crossing the traditional boundaries between them. HDA’s designs, often in collaboration with the primary architect, are generally iconic features where multidisciplinary skills contribute to cohesive, holistic design fragments. Examples include well-known European iconic cultural works in such as the Louvre museum, the Acropolis museum and the recent Paris Philharmonie.

A particular synergy has developed between Hugh Dutton’s Paris-based design studio, HDA and Swire Properties in the mutual pursuit of creative, innovative and sustainable design since collaboration on pioneering facades at Oxford House in the late 1990s, the first in HK of its type. The partnership has developed with other seminal work including the Three Pacific Place cable wall lobby, One Island East podium façade and the Pacific Place restaurant with Thomas Heatherwick. In mainland China, HDA has designed the Indigo Winter garden in Beijing, Guangzhou’s Taikoo Hui Glass atria and skylights, Chengdu’s Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li canopies, and the Brickell City Centre Climate Ribbon in Miami in association with Arquitectonica. Dutton is currently applying his cross-disciplined approach to architecture and design in the Taikoo Place Redevelopment Project.

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