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Courtyard Urbanism

Lead Designers
Prize(s)Gold in Architecture Categories / New Residential Building
Entry Description

The design would like to demonstrate how to re-invent the historical courtyard typology for contemporary urban conditions, particularly when density and building height has to be increased. By looking into three-dimensional systems for multi-leveled courtyard spaces, the studio intend to provide us a platform of imagination toward an urban courtyardism for our contemporary cities facing challenges of density, sustainability and community reintegration.

When density and height increases, courtyard spaces not only evolve from horizontal in plan to vertical in section, and also transform from private to semi-public or public spaces. They can also potentially activate various in-between courtyard spaces which create new climatic zones facilitating natural lighting and ventilation. While different hierarchies of layered courtyard spaces are generated for new urban conditions, critical issues of each condition are identified and reviewed: dimension, scale, lighting, ventilation, spatial quality and daily lives. While different modes of fabrication for each condition are proposed, mappings are also developed to look into their systems of assemblage: division, access, movement, datum strategy, built fabric and landscape fabric, as well as the urban infrastructure that sustain these systems.

Context: The living characteristics of the Shenzhen villagers are divided into 3 levels. In “individual” level, each family have their own livestock and firewood, and they also make preserved meat. In “community” level, although their housings are not splendor, they are very welcome to guests and like to participate into communal activities. In “urban” level, their houses are packed together, but they will leave a large central open space for Fung Shui purpose and common area. In conclusion, the village families are very self-sufficient, but they also like to have social activities with other villagers.

We proposed two design prototype, which in form, looks rather different, but both of them are embedded with a rich design philosophy. It demonstrates the ideology and methodology behind, by unfold the structure and retrieve the underlying continuous “street like” “JIN” experience - court-yard > transitional space > courtyard > transitional space ... to encourage activity that used to be happened on the ground level urban fabric to reform in a high-rise residential tower.


Adrian is a designer and architect who always strives to design people-oriented products.
With simple but conscious designs, Adrian has won a spectrum of international and regional design awards for his product and architectural designs, including from Italy’s A’ Design Award, the Japan's Good Design Award and Paris's Novum Design Award.
Adrian is a Founding Docent of the Hong Kong Architecture Centre and was a Co-Chair of the Young Members Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. He has curated architectural exhibitions at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place and at Hysan Place, Causeway Bay.

Awards and Prize

2019 - Golden Novum Design Award Winner in Lightning Design Category
2019 - Gold Award Landscape Planning and Garden Design Category, A'Design Award
2019 - Winner - Good Design Award, Landscape, civil engineering structures
2019 - Winner in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category, A'Design Award
2018 - Gold Award Outstanding Exhibit - Hong Kong Flower Show 2018
2018 - Champion - Eastern District Public Art Competition
2016 - Winner - HKIA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Book Case & Book Cover Thematic Design Competition
2016 - Champion - Basic Law Souvenir Design Competition, Basic Law Promotion
Steering Committee, HKSAR
2016 - Honorable Mention - Young Architect Award 2015, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
2016 - Silver A’ Design Award, A’ Design Award & Competition
2015 - 1st Award - “Light On and Take Care” design contest by Leroy Merlin on Desall.com
2013 - Champion - "Weaving New City-Fabric - Noise Mitigation/Retaining Structure Design for Tsuen Wan Bypass (Open Group)
2011 - Champion - Tropical Architecture Design Competition for Institutes of Higher Learning, BCA-SIA-SGBC