is an architecture and design studio founded by Judy Cheung and
Christoph Vogl in 2008. The creative team is based in Hong Kong with
site offices in China and Germany. The team of multicultural architects,
designers, thinkers and strategists works with progressive forward
thinking clients to create and build memorable and meaningful projects
approach to architecture aspires to touch human hearts with poetic
works in multiple fields of design, ranging from urban scale and
architecture through to details of interiors, retail and brand strategy
for cultural, commercial and private clients.
consistently explores connections between art, science and philosophies.
Their simultaneous analysis of sensual and rational thinking is
pertinent in creating values and qualities to architecture.
While their thinking is focused and directed on achieving highly
rational, productive and efficient results, their works
speak of a specific kind of subtle sensitivity that touches
to founding Cheungvogl, Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl worked with Lord
Norman Foster in London on conceptualization and realization of major
projects in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, New York, Australia and
Collectively, they designed and realized more than 100 international projects varying in scales. Selected projects include: Wembley Stadium in London, UK; AIHQ Queen Anne’s Gate in London, UK; Sama Dubai Towers in Melbourne, Australia and in Casablanca, Morocco; Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan; Madison Avenue Tower in New York City, USA, Centralized Science Laboratories in Hong Kong, China and University of Student Housing in Pennsylvania, USA.
Judy Cheung is an Adjunct Associate Professor for Design and Architecture at the Hong Kong University space and Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.
team shares the same fascination in ordinary things or situations. We
continue to question, research and analyse the notion of needs versus
fashionable trends. Our research methodologies differ depending on the
social, cultural, historical, economical and functional contexts. We
begin to explore, articulate and respond to every questionable condition
of life by
thinking deeper into traditional heritage and modern technologies.
The making of architecture is more than searching for an aesthetic form. From conception to realization, the design process transforms rational and emotional thinking into sensible build products. The rationalization of the process is a rigorous analysis of needs, breaking down the elements into parts and subsequently finding a holistic solution. It is a complex study of how architecture could be used to enhance our cultural dynamics, how new insertions could embrace changing social needs, and how new inventions could create a more sustainable future.
Design is an attitude that exists in every aspect of our lives. Through the making of architecture, we amalgamate science into art; art into architecture; architecture into the poetics of space. The amalgamation between theory, exploration and practice offer us a versatile structure for endless possibilities.
WAN Award 2016, Adaptive Reuse, Shortlist: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Surface Design Awards 2017 Finalist: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Busan Mulmangol Bunker Regeneration, International Competition, Second Prize, Busan, South Korea, 2016
HKMVC Most Valuable Services Award Hong Kong 2015 for corporate social responsibility, innovation and contribution to Hong Kong presented by Mediazone Group
Top 10 Aesop store designs: Cheungvogl, Aesop I.T Hysan One, Hong Kong
claims top spot in this exclusive selection to mark the opening of the
100th boutique of the brand in 2014.
A' Design Silver Award 2013 - 2014, Architecture, Building and Structure Design: Shinjuku Gardens Car Park and Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Surface Design Awards 2014 Finalist: Aesop, Selfridges, London, UK
Design for Asia DFA Awards 2012 Merit Award: Aesop, Lane Crawford, Canton Road, Hong Kong
Design Award 2013, Rat für Formgebung, The German Design Councils
Premier Prize Nomination: Aesop I.T Installation, Hong Kong
"Jacqueline Tsang, Hong Kong Tatler
Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards 2011, Category:
KAT-Ohno, Tokyo, Japan, Invited Competition, 2010, First Prize
Selected publications - Books:
Mulmangol Bunker Regeneration, BICF/Kyungdong, Busan, South Korea, 2016
Selected publications - Print media:
Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016, Cover story & interview, Azure
Publishing Inc., Toronto, Canada, 2016
Cheungvogl: Setting the Stage
The Hong Kong based studio sees architecture as a framework for life to happen.
"We never intended to establish a design manifesto or a design
language as we do believe that every project has to react to its
individual challenges and context," begins the architect Christoph
Vogl, partner (along with Judy Cheung) in the young firm Cheungvogl.
The design practice is based in Hong Kong, with satellite offices in
Mainland China and Germany, and has an international approach to design.
But there is something that links the work across settings and scales.
"The common thread is the way we look at architecture as a
framework for life to happen, similar to a stage set that provides the
audience with an open interpretation for the play itself. Architecture
only begins as it starts to evolve, transform and inspire people and its
communities around it," says Vogl.
The office has tackled everything from small-scale residential work to
large institutional projects, but in Hong Kong the designers are perhaps
known best for their retail environments for Australian
natural-cosmetics company Aesop.
Other notable retail work includes the Benetton flagship in Tehran,
where Cheungvogl used a translucent wrapper to hint at the veils worn by
Iranian women. "We investigate and analyse all aspects and facets
of the brand's specific characteristics as a 'personality'," Vogl
says. This helps to balance the aesthetic desires of the client with
those of the architect. "With this understanding we like to show
our clients new ways to communicate and engage with their customers to
enhance the brand's identity. In successful retail design, architecture
is more to be seen as a communication tool, where we enhance the brand's
language with our own vocabulary."
In projects for institutional clients, particularly in the arts,
Cheungvogl has enjoyed more freedom for tectonic expression. A recent
concept for the exhibition venue Dubai 7 is a stripped modernist
presence with traditionalism at its heart. Vogl explains that it makes
"a strong reference to traditional Arabic architecture; the
exhibition space is formed around an undulating vertical landscape that
provides filtered light into the interior spaces as a reinterpretation
of the organisation of traditional Arabic courtyard houses". Yet
the building's concrete mass also uses contemporary solar technology for
Meanwhile the concrete structure of Shinjuku Gardens, a parking garage
and gallery space in Tokyo, is masked by greenery. Vogl clarifies the
aesthetic and functional logic of the decision: "Rather than simply
leaving the facades open for natural ventilation to avoid the cost of
mechanical ventilation, we introduced a living enclosure of grass. The
green curtain does not only create a barrier between the parked cars and
the outside, but the changing appearance throughout the seasons also
enhances its neighbourhood with a green oasis amongst the dense urban
The generosity of the urban gesture is typical of the office's projects,
all of which seek to use architecture as a tool for improving everyday
life for the building's users as well as for neighbours and passersby.
Vogl phrases it in terms of responsibility: "As architects we have
the possibility to create change, rather than to only have our opinion
or talk about it."
Cheungvogl has just completed a master plan in Chengdu, China and the office is currently working on other projects in China as well as Southeast Asia and Europe."
Cheungvogl: Setting the Stage, Jessica Niles DeHoff, InDesignLive.Asia, March 2013
common obstacle is the question whether to preserve or to recreate –
or at least, how much to preserve. It is a question of material,
historical and emotional value of the past and the existing.”,
In 2008, Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl founded cheungvogl, a
multilingual and multicultural international design studio based in Hong
Kong. Cheungvogl has participated in projects varying in scale in
Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
REmodeling, Damdi Architecture Publishing Co., Ltd, South Korea, 2011
Ten: White Out
"[Tadao] Ando's lineage continues with other Japanese architects
embracing the ideals of their elder, developing buildings that showcase
simplified forms void of material differentiation. Japanese based
architects, such as recent Pritzker Prize winning SANAA, have been able
to showcase the countries critical regionalism all over the world. Back
home a new batch of young architects are following in Ando's footsteps,
embracing the creation of white architecture within the borders of this
Ten: White Out
, Architizer, November 2010
, Architizer, November 2010
"Cheungvogl is a creative partnership of two abstract thinkers in
the architecture and design world. Judy Cheung hails from Hong Kong and
has experience designing world-class buildings internationally. Her
partner, Christoph Vogl, is from Cologne, Germany, and also has design
and architectural experience that traverses many countries. Together,
the two founded Cheungvogl in 2008. "
Spotlight: cheungvogl , Padstyle, October 2010
, Padstyle, October 2010
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