This year marks the 35th anniversary of HOK’s presence in Asia, where the firm has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
In 1984, HOK established its first office outside of the United States in Hong Kong, marking a milestone for the firm. To support increasing project opportunities throughout Mainland China, the firm added offices in Beijing and Shanghai in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
Over the past 35 years, HOK’s Asia Pacific practice has experienced steady growth as its client base has spread across China and Southeast Asia, extending into India and the Middle East.
“Asia is perhaps the most culturally rich, geographically diverse and economically vibrant place in the world and remains an integral part of HOK’s global business,” said Paul Collins, RIBA, HKIA, managing director of HOK’s Asia Pacific practice. “Part of HOK’s design ethos is to pay close attention to the cultural, geographical and environmental contexts in which we work. This enables us to deliver projects that elevate people’s aspirations, inspire them in their daily lives and generate a sense of pride in their place, whether as a user, owner or simply as a fellow inhabitant of the city. Asia continues to provide us with wonderful challenges and opportunities to do just that with our clients.”
HOK has created large-scale master plans and designed significant buildings and interior environments across Asia. Current and recent projects include the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun at Topwin Center; Jinan China Resources Center; China Construction Bank Shandong Headquarters; Shanghai China Overseas International Center; Le Meridien Hangzhou; Jiangxi Commerce Union Center; Chengdu Forte Financial Island; Fosun Lintong Resort Master Plan; Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai; Atlantis Hotel Sanya; Sanya Tianya Haijiao Hyatt Regency Resort; Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Singapore; Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore; and Kempegowda International Airport Terminal 1 Expansion, Bengaluru, India.