BEYOND BUSINESS – COMPLEXES OF EXPERIENCE
At LWK + PARTNERS, commercial and mixed-use buildings are not only business-oriented – they are full-function entities with humanity and personality taken into consideration. They draw on global insights and innovative thinking in response to changing ways of urban living, intervening with people-oriented solutions that put their everyday experience at the centre.
LWK + PARTNERS is a leading design architecture practice rooted in Hong Kong. A platform with design specialists who deliver world-class solutions to the built environment. 1,000+ creative minds collaborate across a network of 12 offices around the globe providing services including architecture, planning & urban design, interiors, landscape, heritage conservation, building information modelling (BIM), brand experience and lighting design.
With over 34 years of growth, they have completed many outstanding projects across different sectors, such as mixed-use, commercial, residential, education, transit-oriented developments, and leisure and public facilities developments.
LWK + PARTNERS is a member of C Cheng Holdings Limited (stock code: 1486.HK), the first listed architectural service provider in Hong Kong and mainland China. Strong synergies and unified capabilities within their group offers them unique advantages to spread their leading design knowledge around the globe.
REINVENTING RETAIL EXPERIENCE
These user-oriented lifestyle complexes address evolving consumer trends by curating a multitude of cultures, spatial experience and social elements in a digitally integrated environment. The future of retail architecture is about Human Connections. Retail centres have shifted from being a venue of pure transactions to serving a series of larger community purposes where people socialise and engage in happenings. The change in consumer patterns is certainly felt throughout the industry. Commercial developers are investing in commissioning more vibrant and alternative offerings. With transactions moving online, physical presence has decreased, but it doesn’t mean people are shopping less. It points to a change in consumer behaviour around how they shop or what kind of services come with their purchases.
MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES OF THE FUTURE
Work, leisure and daily life become one as diverse functions go side by side in an organic space. LWK + PARTNERS mixed-use solutions offer open, flexible environments for businesses while encouraging people to interact and share ideas. The rising demand for vibrant, social experiences has led developers to adjust their development and leasing strategies, to include a wider variety of entities in their tenant mix, including cultural and exhibition venues, children’s discovery centres and all-inclusive lifestyle stores. Pop-up stores are also becoming a tendency to provide incubator spaces for foreign ventures or young brands to promote experimental ideas.
LWK + PARTNERS respond to the challenges of urbanisation with forward-looking designs, activating commercial activities to bring about powerful changes for communities. Their solutions incorporate policy thinking, geographical considerations, urban landscapes and cultural features to inspire greener, more sustainable urban models.
In the sophisticated, rapid-growing markets of China, Asia and Middle East where commercial entities keep uplifting their standards and operation models to align with changing consumer behaviours, LWK + PARTNERS works with major developers to craft a series of lifestyle-driven complexes offering tailor-made solutions in the form of immersive environments. This approach is expected to set the tone for future retail environments especially in regional urban cores.
Increasing demands for convenience, efficiency and mobility have paved the way for hyper-proximity cities. LWK + PARTNERS capitalise on the great advantages of public transport nodes to plan interconnected urban precincts, with elements of commerce, residences, entertainment, tourism and public services fully integrated. Digital transformation has offered new opportunities to rethink and revaluate what the physical venues meant for people. Ultimately, it is about defining a way of living. Experiential retail especially in high traffic dense environments such as transit hubs is increasingly considered an effective approach to marry online and offline retail, with well-curated user experience at the centre and with the aim to catalyse social activities.