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21 November 2015

HOK and HOPE Worldwide Share Design With Children in Hong Kong

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As part of the HOK 24 / SIXTY community service initiative, HOK’s Hong Kong office partnered with HOPE Worldwide to develop an architectural education program for children of low-income families.

HOPE Worldwide provides sustainable, high-impact education and health services to underprivileged communities. The Shek Kip Mei Centre for Kids in Hong Kong is a safe space for children to receive additional afterschool tutoring and participate in educational outings and character-building activities while their parents work.

HOK in Hong Kong and Shek Kip Mei Centre for Kids

The design-focused educational workshop resulting from the partnership, “Dream a Treehouse… and Design it Too!” consisted of three interactive sessions. HOK’s Hong Kong team took 12 children from the Centre for Kids through the process of designing a treehouse, from sketching and creating physical models to using 3D rendering software. The program exposed the children to urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture and interior design.

The children benefited from this workshop by gaining a deeper insight into career options that they do not see on a day-to-day basis. The hope is that these students will influence their peers with the experience and knowledge that they have gained.

In the urban planning and landscape architecture session, students used physical models to add trees and plants to their own neighborhoods. Designers helped students use Lumion 3D rendering software to visualize their designs.

The students sketched and designed the dream treehouses during the architecture session. HOK’s volunteers coached students on how designs come to life in both functional and inspirational ways.

HOK in Hong Kong and Shek Kip Mei Centre for Kids

In the final activity, students used SketchUp to select furnishings and fixtures for the treehouse interiors. Students had access to HOK’s design library and were able to experiment with various textiles, wallpaper and flooring.

The program provided a fun and interactive platform for underprivileged children to learn about educational and career opportunities in the design profession.

HOK in Hong Kong and Shek Kip Mei Centre for Kids

The new HOK 24 / SIXTY report illustrates the firm’s commitment to making a difference. View it on Issuu.