Edifices testament to creativity

money-glitz | Bonnie Chen 29 Jun 2020

"I want to create something that's why I chose to be an architect," says Felix Li.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool is among the projects that he feels most proud of.

With an outstanding facade, the government public facility sits boldly in the old neighborhood. From the design to the cost, it was not an easy task for the project to be realized.

"The facade symbolizes a sea shell. It was a steel structure under a zinc facade. Many say it looks like a spaceship." Zinc was used to avoid reflection impacting nearby residents. The project has won the Gold Award, Public Amenity Buildings category at the ARCASIA Awards for Architecture.

Having taken part in residential and office building designs in the earlier part of his career, Li hopes to involve in more public projects by joining Farrells, founded by British architect-planner Terry Farrell.

The Peak Tower and the ventilation building of the Western Harbour Tunnel are standout works Farrell designed.

Taking part in the M+ project was another memorable experience,where lighting and temperature required a lot of effort, Li says.

Li has also worked for overseas projects, including the Masterplan for Indian Railways for the redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station and Vattanac Capital in Phnom Penh, the first modern curtain wall skycraper in Cambodia.

He sees opportunities for Hong Kong architects in the Belt and Road countries, where mainland companies have been investing a lot. "Hong Kong is seen as a design hub with many years of international experiences," says Li, adding local architects could partner with Chinese companies to tap into those markets.

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