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Bringing Sustainable Architectural Technologies to Hong Kong

British architecture firm KplusK Associates has the core belief that architecture must also engage with issues of sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility

Founded by UK-born twin brothers Johnny and Paul Kember, KplusK Associates is a multi-disciplinary architecture, design and masterplanning consultancy. Established in Hong Kong more than 21 years ago, KplusK is working on a diversity of Architectural projects which spans 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region, from luxury villa Developments, Hotels, Retail and commercial environments, Art installations and even churches.

Bringing Sustainable Architectural Technologies to Hong Kong

Johnny Kember, Managing Director, explained, “Our work is typified by our artisanal, detail-oriented approach to architecture, and out of the box thinking, to create sensual and ergonomic Environments, that are sustainable.”

He stressed that KplusK is always conscious to be ecologically responsible for works they create, from the selection of materials from sustainable sources, to the use of cutting edge energy generation systems such as large scale tidal action hydro generation plants into masterplans.

With its new studio in Wong Chuk Hang, KplusK is now a team of 30 including Masterplanners, Architects and Interior Design professionals, and is expected to expand to 40 in the near future. “Our workforce is very multicultural, we have local staff and many of them have studied aboard,” Paul Kember, Director, remarked, “that creates a very dynamic work environment.”

The firm has won the “Seeking Zero” competition in 2007 for designing a low-cost, Zero-energy housing in Bird Island of Malaysia. Recently, the team is also working on an affordable social housing in Akureyri of Iceland. “As our experience grows, we look forward to applying the technologies and skills learnt in these projects to Hong Kong,” Johnny Kember remarked.

They also have an eye on the “Starter Homes” scheme which was recently announced by the HKSAR government. “We hope to bring the technology of building affordable and sustainable housing to Hong Kong, and to create a dramatically cheaper way of building houses. We really want to share that skill to the benefit of Hong Kong,” he said.

Teaching architecture in universities in Hong Kong, Paul Kember said that they often come across very talented young creative minds. “It is wonderful to see educational facilities nurturing the next generation of great designers,” he added.
The Kembers have been living in Hong Kong for many years, and are now happy to call this place “home”. “Hong Kong has always been a wonderful city for us as a business and also for our family. It’s an ideal place to expand commercial networking and discuss business openly. Coming to Hong Kong and to be greeted by the openness is something I have never experienced elsewhere,” Johnny Kember concluded.

Monday, November 27, 2017

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Fast Facts

  • An architecture, master planning and interior design consultancy that was set up in Hong Kong in 1992
  • The firm currently has 30 staff members, and looking to expand to 40
  • Recent projects in Hong Kong include Ovolo Southside Hotel in Wong Chuk Hang, a new Ginza Tower in Shelley Street, Soho, and a new church on Kennedy Road

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