GROUNDWORK Architects + Associates Ltd.

GROUNDWORK Architects + Associates Ltd.

Hong Kong, HK | 深圳市 福田


Hong Kong Swire Archive

An Introduction

It has never been easy to be representing history.

The Swire Archive is a vessel which houses the history of this cross-cultured company.

The Swire Archive is located on Shipyard lane, Quarry Bay and it was the location where the Swire had established their business in Hong Kong.

The artifacts housed within the archive were key documents that served as the testimonies of the critical business decisions that the organization had made: a great business was founded on decisions and turns, and blossomed over the test of time

The Design

Over the design process, we learned about Swire’s unique business philosophy and its value: its fortitude, its visions and its courage to be venturing into the future. Representing these artistically was a challenge. Hints of metal were employed to represent the foundation which Swire five sectors of businesses(aviation, property, trading & industrial, agribusiness & food chain and maritime services)were built upon. A menagerie of memories(“The Wall of Photos”) summarised the highlights of the archive; looking like peep-holes into the treasure housed behind the safe wall. The rest of the archive is lined by keywords, key persons and key places that were memorable for Swire(“The Wall of Words”).

The design process of the Swire Archive is uniquely Groundwork: we have established a close relationship based on our philosophy of emphasising on researches and understanding our clients’ needs. Working with local artists is also part of our design culture and nothing will be possible without the artistic input from Ms. Cam Wong and Mr. Damon Tong.

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Status: Built
Location: 9B, No.10-12Shipyard Lane, Quarry bay, Hong Kong
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits:
John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited.

Manfred Yuen
CY Lau
Echo Xiang

Cam Wong
Damon Tong

Majo Design Ltd.

South Ho