Aedas is one of the world’s leading global architecture and design practices.The company is built on the belief that great design can only be delivered by people with a deep social and cultural understanding of the communities they are designing for. Aedas global platform for creative excellence in design enables some of the world’s most talented designers to plug into the latest information and delivery systems they need to produce truly world-class design solutions.
The practice’s unique structure, global presence, and commitment to cutting-edge R&D are testament to their desire to deliver design excellence to clients wherever they are in the world.Globalisation brings great advances and benefits: greater understanding of different cultures, the ability to be almost anywhere in a matter of hours, and the falling away of social and cultural barriers. But with this also comes the feeling that the world is becoming more homogenous and potentially less interesting.
They have a fascination for and high regard for the social and environmental differences of different cultures and communities. These differences have been cultivated over many years. They are the reason that the world is unique and exciting to experience.In every commission they undertake we first seek to understand the society and culture of the communities we design for.
Aedas brings together expertise from across the world. This means that each project includes people on the design team that understand and respect the social and cultural needs of the local community they are designing for. It also means that every project, no matter how large or small, can draw on all Aedas’ collective wisdom from across the world.
Keith Griffiths is a design leader and founder of Aedas. He, as an internationally respected architect and planner, has a deep understanding of the growth of major cities and their changing markets, society and culture. He is passionate to create unique and timeless architecture which appropriately responds to its location and culture and meets the requirements of change and growth.
Keith has designed award-winning, successful projects for most of the leading developers in Asia and his experience includes high-rise, mixed commercial, retail and masterplanning as well as airport and civic buildings. He is passionate about his and Aedas’ design and for his clients’ success. His passion for design extends into his many lectures, publications and academic work upon the appropriate directions for urbanisation and cultural identity.
Keith has guided Aedas’ philosophy that great design can only be delivered by people with a deep social and cultural understanding of the communities they are designing for. He and his team value diversity and consider a diverse world is a more interesting world and that in every commission Aedas undertakes, they must first seek to understand the society and culture of the local communities to contribute professionally to the built environment. Leading Aedas’ wide portfolio of buildings across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, he is one of the creative minds behind the famous city skyline of Hong Kong’s Central District and numerous significant developments throughout China and Southeast Asia.
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The small building is actually 4,501 sq m in lettable floor area, five storeys over an existing car park and bus station.
Standard Chartered Bank was in the middle of a branding exercise and needed something special as a corporate focus. So when the originally proposed tenant pulled out it stepped in and decided to move in its private banking staff.
Keith Griffiths says, ‘The design had to be an object in space. So we started to look at the sort of building a conservative client would want and we veered towards a simple geometric shape – a box. But our brief was that the building had to be exciting. So we thought “Let’s tilt the box.”’ And this was one of the solutions he presented to Hongkong Land. The developer immediately saw that this was the obvious solution. Griffiths continues, ‘We followed up the process of making it even more logical. We added a diagrid structure into the design mix. A diagrid is a form of space frame and this was the only elegant way to sit the building on the few places where we could take the structural loads down to the ground.’
Diagrids are essentially triangulated structures using a largeish number of slender structural members – rather than deploying a conventional squared-up structure using relatively massive beams and columns.
It’s a case of using a fundamentally stable but smart structural system. But smart systems invariably have their own self-generated problems. One of the problems Griffiths and his engineers faced from the beginning was the awkward fact that although the cube was tilted, the floors inside had, obviously, to be level.
This is where the 15½ degree tilt was established because it enabled one layer of vertical glazing bars, the mullions, to run parallel with the sides of the cube while the second layer slanting in the opposite direction could cross exactly on the horizontal lines of the real floor edges. The junctions of the diagonal external grid, the nodes, with the floor levels were crucial because the floors were supported on beams lying between each node and the central core. So that everything, structure, façade treatment and unexpectedness all came together.
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Awards 2015
SCMP Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards 2015
Winner, Commercial & Mixed-use Architect of the Year (Hong Kong)
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards 2014
Merit Award, Commercial Building of Hong Kong
HKIA Cross-strait Architectural Design Awards 2015
Nominated Award, Commercial: Office
Asia Pacific Property Awards 2014
Winner, Best Office Architecture, Asia Pacific; 5-Star, Best Office Architecture, Hong Kong
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