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CHARACTER BUILDING BC&D International


HONG KONG’S FAMOUS skyline owes much to its cosmopolitan society. It is a city that accommodates huge numbers of people in a limited space, and its vibrant blend of cultures has contributed to the development of a distinctly modern urban setting. Within this dynamic architectural environment,


Hong Kong design firm BC&D International creates unique and engaging structures that capture the city’s contemporary aesthetic in new and interesting ways. “Our design is typically clean cut and functional but with an eye for exquisite details,” says Brian Chan, BC&D’s Managing Director. “We always approach building and interior design as bespoke tailoring, in that our clients’ needs are carefully attended to and expressed in a highly individual manner.” Where BC&D stands out is through a strong


focus on the human quality of a building, not just from a structural perspective but in the look and feel that will make a project inviting for human interactions upon completion. “This is the humanistic DNA of our design,” says Chan. “It’s one that emphasises various elements that are essential to joie de vivre. I take cross-cultural lifestyles and put them together.” He points to past projects, which include a


boutique hotel in Beijing, private residences in the heart of Hong Kong, and large-scale office developments and headquarters for major global companies all across Asia. This diversity is enabled by the multidisciplinary services that BC&D offers, including architectural design and planning, interior design and corporate branding. “The design field is frequently split into distinct disciplines,” says Chan. “Companies will typically


focus on just architecture, interior design, landscape, urban planning, graphics or branding. Our vision is to combine all of these elements to create a holistic and harmonious whole.” Perhaps this “Vitruvian vision” can be credited to Chan’s education at that pillar of American architectural training, Cornell University. Upon receiving his professional degree at Cornell,


Chan worked on large-scale institutional structures and residential developments in the US before moving back to Hong Kong to begin his own architectural practice. Since 1992, his firm has consistently produced quality work and earned accolades in the field. Today, BC&D’s teams work out of studios


spread across Hong Kong, Thailand and China, with an eye on new opportunities further afield, including several small-scale ventures in Paris and New York. Current projects include a private hospital and a training school for the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, which is the largest institution of its kind in Asia. The company has been commissioned by one of China’s foremost technology companies to design the public spaces of its trophy headquarters building, which Chan is particularly excited about. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our expertise


and design sensibility,” he says. “We strive to strike a balance between classical principles and avant garde visions, and we embrace the future without losing all the wonderful ingredients that helped to form great civilisations.” The marriage of old and new is evident in many of Hong Kong’s contemporary structures but Chan’s “Renaissance Man” vision sets BC&D apart, giving it a distinct identity in the crowded cityscape. — www.bcd-intl.com


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