Cheungvogl 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. Within their work, Cheungvogl has manifested the philosophy of "Poetic Pragmatism", aspiring to touch human hearts with poetic senses.
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 of Architecture and Design 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 offers us a versatile structure for endless possibilities.
Poetic Pragmatism - Conversations and Writings
20 Designers and brands that define our tomorrow, FRAME Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition
- In conversation with Evan Jehl for Frame, Judy Cheung and Christoph
Vogl, founding partners of Cheungvogl, describe how their work overcomes
traditional categorizations by re-interpreting definitions and
typologies to create contemporary socially relevant architecture.
Frame Awards 2018, Jury Prize, Best Multi-Brand Store of the Year, Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Frame Awards 2018, Innovation Award, Nominee: Cheungvogl, Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Frame Awards 2018, Multi-Brand Store of the Year, Nominee: Cheungvogl, Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal, Seoul, South Korea, International Competition, 1st Prize, 2017
20 designers and brands that define our tomorrow, Frame Magazine, 116, 20th Anniversary Edition, Frame Publishers, Netherlands, May/June 2017
HKMVC Most Valuable Companies Award Hong Kong 2018 presented by Mediazone Group
Design Prize, 2017, Distribution: Shop Design and Retail, Packaging -
Architizer A+Awards 2017, Popular Choice Award Finalist, Architecture+Technology: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Architizer A+Awards 2017, Jury Award Finalist, Architecture+Technology: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Surface Design Awards 2017 Finalist: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
WAN Award 2016, Adaptive Reuse, Shortlist: Au Pont Rouge, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Busan Mulmangol Bunker Regeneration, International Competition, Second Prize, Busan, South Korea, 2016
HKMVC Most Valuable Award Hong Kong 2015 for corporate social responsibility, innovation and contribution to Hong Kong presented by Mediazone Group
Surface Design Awards 2014 Finalist: Aesop, Selfridges, London, UK
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
Design Award 2013, Rat für Formgebung, The German Design Councils
Premier Prize Nomination: Aesop I.T Installation, Hong Kong
for Asia DFA Awards 2012 Merit Award: Aesop, Lane Crawford, Canton
Road, 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
Ferry Terminal Design Works, Public Development Center, Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea, 2017
Selected Publications - Print media
Inside 02/2017, Detail Business Information GmbH, Muenchen, Germany,
on the social relevance of physical space.
Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl of Hong Kong-based firm Cheungvogl take ‘social relevance’ as a guiding principle in their design of physical retail. Their approach is the product of a sensitivity to dialectical materialism and technological futurism. For physical spaces to retain their relevance in a world where the functions they host are increasingly supplanted by digital media, design must be viewed as a means of actively communicating with its users rather than as a static container or scaffolding. It must become more fluid in its adaptability to different contexts. Cheung and Vogl elaborate on these ideas in a conversation about how they see future projects and the field as a whole:
Jehl, Frameweb, January 2018
"As architects we have the possibility to create change, rather than to only have our opinion or talk about it."
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.
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
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."
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 cooling.
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
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.”,
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
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 Island Nation.
Ten: White Out
, Architizer, November 2010
, Architizer, November 2010
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.
, Padstyle, October 2010
, Padstyle, October 2010
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