General Hiring /

Advice for Future Designers

We conducted an interview on Coroflot and gave advice to future designers Extracted from Coroflot Article What do you look for when hiring a designer? Willingness to learn, entrepreneurial spirit, and willingness to embrace green design. We don’t want people to work late and it is only possible if they learn to work very efficiently or... Read more »
General Retail /

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award – Green Business, Green Materials and Green Design The Artist Lab won Shop! Gold Award and Sustainability Award. Below is a few diagrams to explain our ideas and how we combine architecture with the way our clients do business. Sustainability in retail is only feasible if our clients are really to embrace the ideas. We... Read more »
Publication /

Business of Architecture!

Radio, Avoid Obvious, New York, Professional, Architect, Urban Planning, Interview, vicky chan
Radio Interview by Michael David on Empire Radio Now. Recording: What do you do? We are a group of architects and urban planners who design cities and buildings but our focus is sustainable design. Why is sustainable design important to us? We believe building sustainable cities is the best way to combat climate change Why do... Read more »
Urban Planning /

The Future of Cities

Our Organic Highway project was included in Oscar Boyson’s video – The Future of Cities Special thanks to the videographer George Du from Hong Kong.
Installation /

Mobile Screen

verderbilt, terminal, grand central, new york,, installation, interactive, art, avoid obvious, architects. aoa. vicky chan
Mobile Screen – The Art Performance of a Product We were tasked to revitalize the space in Vanderbilt Hall at New York Grand Central Terminal. Information display is incredibly important in a terminal. Instead of treating the screen as a static device, we questioned the possibilities of using the screens to define four spaces. Spatial... Read more »
General Graphics /

Flower Cards

Flower cards, cards with seeds, plants, business, cards. graphic, sustainable, seeded paper
Flower Cards with Seeded Paper We love plants and we love graphics. Seeded paper is the best method to turn our business cards into flowers. It is poetic that our names will be turned into flowers. The paper is essentially toilet paper and the ink is natural pigment. See our previous design with TextMoss.
Installation Retail /

Mobile Bar 7.0

mobile, bar, cafe, avoid obvious, la station, coffee, module, architecture, train, kit of part, hilton, hotel, vicky chan, architects
Mobile Bar 7.0 – La Station Coffee Stop La Station is a French Coffee Shop based in Hong Kong. They are testing the pop-up retail with us inside the Hilton Hotel. Below is our concept to use their mobile cafe and the theme of Paris Subway to transform the hotel lobby into a subway station.... Read more »
Commercial /

Make Hotel

Maker, movement, hotel, movable, next generation, future, sustainable, experiential, architecture, interior design, avoid obvious, AOarchitect, AOA, Vicky Chan
MAKE HOTEL: A HOTEL FOR MAKERS This is a research started by Avoid Obvious Architects to rethink hotel for the 21st century. Other than exclusivity, high-end materials and moody lighting, current hotels are not embracing the maker and entrepreneurial movement. Can hotels be customized by their patrons for different needs? How can a hotel become... Read more »
Installation Retail /

Mobile Bar 5.0

corney & Barrow, wine, mobile, bar, cart, exhibition, wood, sustainable, vintage, world, map, england, merchants, architects, architecture, avoid obvious
  Mobile Architecture Beta 5.0 – Mobile Bar We always integrate connectivity, mobility, and sustainability into our building and design. We were commissioned by Corney & Barrow to expand their Asian presence by building mobile architecture that can move with them to different events. Corney & Barrow is a 230-year-old English wine merchant who sells... Read more »
teaching /

Sustainable Architecture for Children

Avoid obvious, architecture, children, high-rise, city planning, sustainable, green, towers, buildings, paper, model, making
Architecture for Children with Collective Intelligence We are teaching children about sustainability, architecture and city planning. Below are 9 exercises to be conducted in 20 classes. Special thanks to Pua Owen, Elizabeth Corts and Chi Tam for their ideas. See our other syllabus. Sustainability with Architecture Fall 2016 Environmental problems and causes – part 1.... Read more »
General Urban Planning /

Utopian City for Businesses

G107, Bao’an, Shenzhen, masterplan, city planning, sustainable, green, manufacturing, avoid obvious, tetra, architecture, planners, architects, aoarchitect, tetra-arch, connections, drone, highway, future, futuristic, carbon zero, carbon neutral, china, hong kong, pearl river delta, Baoan, autopilot, driverless, high speed, transit, multimodal, connections, sharing economy, co-working, shared, amenities, natural, nature, road, infrastructure, water cycle, water management, landscape, design, branding, engineering, marketing, drone-view, aerial, airport
How can we create an Utopian City using Collective Intelligence? We conducted a world-wide survey about city planning. We wanted to find out how we can use collective intelligence to design an utopian city for businesses. Our final design can be seen here. Below are data collected. Wijdène Kaabi, KAA Studio, Tunisia/London/Hong Kong Minimize social polarity... Read more »
Installation /

Automated Partitioning System

Automated, Partitioning, Avoid Obvious, Interior Design, Architecture,
Automated Partitioning System Function MOD is a automated partitioning system that allows users to dynamically modify environments for their changing needs. MOD is a system of modular screen units throughout the educational space. Each unit is a 5’ by 5’ square and is supported from the ceiling. Lighting is provided for each unit. By adjusting... Read more »
Retail /

40 under 40

Avoid Obvious Architects won Design:Retail 40 under 40 Award. We are next to talented designers from Nike, Samsung and American Express. See our retail project: Wanda Pavilion, Tramways, Bryon Lars  
Installation Urban Planning /

Flag Plaza

Flags, International, Avoid Obvious, UN, United Nations, Olypmics, Plaza, Benches, 2d, 3d, wood, wave, sustainable, architecture, furniture
World Countries Flags > International Flag Plaza We are always interested in bridging the gap between graphics and architecture. The idea of International Flag Plaza is to give a spatial and democratic identity to all countries flags. Those flags on poles are always seen in Olympics Games or UN conferences, but the setting doesn’t leave... Read more »
Graphics Installation /

TextMoss

greenwall, green, vertical, planting, platns, moss, text, 3d, greenscape, landscape, triangle fire, boardway, NYU, brown building, avoid obvious
TextMOSS – Text can grows The idea of this TextMoss is to use plant material to symbolize the event of Triangle Fire and the ongoing struggle for working class. The memorial subtlety integrates itself to the Brown building, but the use of material makes it visually unique from the surrounding context. Wouldn’t it be nice... Read more »
Installation /

AO Museum

model making, avoid obvious, green, sustainable, architect, architecture, museum, recycled, green
AO Museum AO Museum is our experimental model to combine all of our projects into one project. The idea is inspired by our previous AO sandwich. Can projects repeat itself to new project? Can ideas like materials be recycled and turned into a new idea? Our work plays with our sustainable ideas. It has our... Read more »
Commercial Installation /

OLED Turbine

Wind turbine, flow, sculpture, green, sustainable, razor, gillete, boston, competition, winner, product, design, architecture, spiral, twisted, avoid obvious, OLED, Advestising, Commerical
OLED Turbine :: Aliasing Aliasing is an array of wind turbines that uses OLED technology as the blades. The result is a sustainable billboard powered by wind. Each OLED panel is stacked on top of each other to form a spiral which serves as a vertical axis wind turbine to provide energy for information display.... Read more »
Installation /

Gillette – Razor Turbine

Wind turbine, flow, sculpture, green, sustainable, razor, gillete, boston, competition, winner, product, design, architecture, spiral, twisted, avoid obvious
Awarded: Gillette Landmark Design Competition 3rd place. FLOW is two vertical-axis wind turbines that combine the history of P&G Gillette with environmental goal of 21st century. The form and configuration of FLOW is inspired by Gillette’s Safety Razor patented in 1904. Both turbines have nine mini sets of blades. Each blade retains the proportion of... Read more »
Installation Urban Planning /

International Flag Bench

craftwsmanship, wooden bench, 3d bench, waved bench, 2d to 3d. cnc, Architecture, Avoid obvious
2d to 3d: International Flag as Benches We are always interested in bridging the gap between 2d graphics and 3d architecture. We did it with type and mask previously and this time we explore the potential from a flag’s graphic. The idea is to find spatial quality within a 2d graphics. From a first glance,... Read more »
General /

Art and Science

Art and Science in Architecture We gave a lecture and two media interviews through HKTDC and SmartHK. We focused on architecture that combines art and science. We  believe all aesthetics decisions can be boiled down to objective decision. Throughout our design process, we communicate with our clients regarding what is feasible. From there, we will... Read more »
General Installation Urban Planning /

Hong Kong as a Stage

umbrella movement, occupy central, occupy, protest, hong kong, drama, play, stage
Turning a historical event into a performance? After seeing the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong late in 2014, we as architects thinks that it will be very interesting to turn the event into a theatrical performance. We can narrate a political movement with actions and graphics. It will help to raise more questions and discussion... Read more »
Installation teaching /

Buildings as 3D Puzzles

3d puzzle, children game, paper puzzle, la salle primary school, architecture, 3d toy
Magnetic Puzzles: We setup a booth with 3D puzzle challenge at La Salle Primary School Spring Festival. To make the event fun and challenging, we designed and built three sets of 3D puzzle based on three landmark buildings. There are three difficulty levels. Students could win prizes if they could assemble the puzzles within certain... Read more »
Installation Urban Planning /

Green Mong Kok in South Africa

Micro Galleries, Open Streets Langa, Hong Kong, Occupy Movement, Mong Kok, Urban Planning, Flying Cars, cross ventilation, solar panels, green mall, park, urban landscape, umbrella revolution, 佔中,佔旺佔領行動行動
Turning streets into gallery: Micro Galleries turned streets in Langa, Cape Town into a gallery. Their mission is to “change the world in small and creative ways”. Our work on Green Mong Kok and Documentation of the Umbrella Movement is featured in their show with Open Streets Langa. We are very excited and humbled that... Read more »
Urban Planning /

Green Mong Kok

Urban Planning, Architecture without Architect, Mong Kok, tents, street art
The Future of Hong Kong   Lesson Learnt Green Mong Kok is an urban planning idea inspired by the occupy movement in Hong Kong. An occupied street without traffic but filled with park, people, farms, art, religion and public assembly can totally be the blueprint for the future of Hong Kong. It is democratic and... Read more »
Urban Planning /

Street without Lighting

Is street lighting necessary? We were in Soho, Hong Kong, exploring restaurants. It was amazing to see the street without lighting and traffic. 70% of the retail store were closed and the restaurants illuminated the street with their signage and interior lighting. Seating were setup along the slope and pedestrian were pretty close to us.... Read more »
Urban Planning /

Vertical City

Kwun Tong Road, Lion Rock, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, a smart vertical city or a dumb extrusion? Hong Kong is well known as a vertical city. Growing up in Hong Kong, I always thought bridges, stairs, escalators, and elevators were part of every urban city. Only when I moved to New York, I realized the city can be developed flat as well.... Read more »
Installation /

Straws Canopy

Straws Canopy We volunteered to help LaSalle Primary School with their Spring Festival. There were two parts to the event. One was to build a booth with limited budget and two was to design a game that children can play to learn about architecture. For the booth, we designed and built a curved canopy out... Read more »
Installation /

Newspaper Quilt on Hanger

Newspaper Art, quilt, recylced, information, 東方日報, 報紙
Turning Newspaper into art? Inspired by News and clothes hanging culture in Hong Kong, we created our own version of newspaper – Paper Quilt on Hanger. The world is surrounded by news. Everyday we read news on TV, facebook, and google. We can’t tell what to trust anymore with all the fabricated viral content. We... Read more »
Urban Planning /

Clothes Hanging in Hong Kong

晾衫, 曬衣服, clothes, hanging, duck, hong kong, tradition, sun drying
A “Prohibited” Public Space for Clothes Hanging?:: We found this hill at a local residential complex to be very interesting. People inhabit the concrete hill by hanging clothes, food and toy on it. They hang wire on railing for clothes, lay down newspaper on the floor to make dry fruit, and hang duck on the... Read more »
Urban Planning /

Old Street with Retails

Kiyomizu Dera Temple, Osaka, Japan :: We went to Osaka, Japan to do research on urban planning and old street design. It is quite lovely to experience their asymmetrical urban planning, not just the design but also the culture. The design of the temple is symmetrical, but the planning of the complex is far away... Read more »