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Hugo Chan

Studio HC

http://studiohc.org

Zetland, Sydney, Australia
Hugo Chan is Architect & Associate, Practice Management of Cracknell & Lonergan Architects a firm he has been with since 2011. Separately, as Director of Studio HC, his current independent research focuses on the adaptive reuse of old and historic structures, examining how have stepped up to the challenge of engaging and reimagining the existing urban fabric of our cities. Since 2016, he has also served as a sessional academic at UNSW Built Environment, in history and theory of architecture.

Adaptive Architecture


Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking

Adaptive Architecture


Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking
A documentary exploring adaptive reuse an alternative modus operandi for sustainably futureproofing our cities.
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  • Systemic changes

Adaptive Architecture: Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking is a documentary short film project aimed at bringing to the forefront the potential for architects and urbanists to shift their mindset toward cathedral thinking in an age of climate crisis action. At a time when 40% of carbon emissions are related to the construction industry, continuing cycles of demolition and rebuild is not merely unsustainable, but blatantly irresponsible. Through an exploration of global case study architectural projects and interviews with architects and urbanists, the project explores how adaptive reuse, usually an approach associated with heritage architecture, can be brought to the forefront of contemporary practice. Adaptive architecture is presented as an alternative modus operandi for architects to create buildings which are flexible, sustainable, future-proof systems, rather than fixed, immovable objects trapped in a particular context and time.



Momento Mori Reconfigured, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, Sydney, Australia.

Chinese Roof Tiles Reinterpreted as Facade, Tai Kwun Centre for the Arts, Herzog de Meuron, Hong Kong S.A.R., China.

Building on the Past, Wythe Hotel, Morris Adjmi Architects, New York, United States of America.

Extension of the Past, No. 5 Martin Place, Johnson Pilton Walker, Sydney, Australia.

Juxtaposition of Old and New, World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, British Museum, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, United Kingdom.

Adaptive Architecture


Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking

Adaptive Architecture


Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking
A documentary exploring adaptive reuse an alternative modus operandi for sustainably futureproofing our cities.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Adaptive Architecture: Shifting Mindsets Towards Cathedral Thinking is a documentary short film project aimed at bringing to the forefront the potential for architects and urbanists to shift their mindset toward cathedral thinking in an age of climate crisis action. At a time when 40% of carbon emissions are related to the construction industry, continuing cycles of demolition and rebuild is not merely unsustainable, but blatantly irresponsible. Through an exploration of global case study architectural projects and interviews with architects and urbanists, the project explores how adaptive reuse, usually an approach associated with heritage architecture, can be brought to the forefront of contemporary practice. Adaptive architecture is presented as an alternative modus operandi for architects to create buildings which are flexible, sustainable, future-proof systems, rather than fixed, immovable objects trapped in a particular context and time.



Momento Mori Reconfigured, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, Sydney, Australia.

Chinese Roof Tiles Reinterpreted as Facade, Tai Kwun Centre for the Arts, Herzog de Meuron, Hong Kong S.A.R., China.

Building on the Past, Wythe Hotel, Morris Adjmi Architects, New York, United States of America.

Extension of the Past, No. 5 Martin Place, Johnson Pilton Walker, Sydney, Australia.

Juxtaposition of Old and New, World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, British Museum, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, United Kingdom.


Idea by

Hugo Chan
Studio HC
Zetland
Sydney
Australia
Hugo Chan is Architect & Associate, Practice Management of Cracknell & Lonergan Architects a firm he has been with since 2011. Separately, as Director of Studio HC, his current independent research focuses on the adaptive reuse of old and historic structures, examining how have stepped up to the challenge of engaging and reimagining the existing urban fabric of our cities. Since 2016, he has also served as a sessional academic at UNSW Built Environment, in history and theory of architecture.