Design Gold Award 2013 - 2014, Interior Space and Exhibition Design: Aesop
I.T Installation, Hong Kong
Design Silver Award 2013 - 2014, Architecture,
Building and Structure Design: Shinjuku Gardens Car Park and Gallery,
Design Awards 2014 Finalist: Aesop, Selfridges, London, UK
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
Frame Magazine, 2012, Top 3 Most Popular Installations: Aesop I.T
Installation, Hong Kong
Asia Tatler, 2012, Top 5 Pop-up Retail Spaces International: Aesop I.T
Installation, Hong Kong
Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards 2011, Category:
The panel, comprised of experts from the arts, science, technology and
media who created shortlists of the very best selection of innovation and
design ideas from around the world selected Shinjuku Gardens, Tokyo, Japan
by Cheungvogl alongside projects and designs by Kazuyo Sejima, Issey
Miyakei, Herzog & de Meuron, Álvaro Siza, David Chipperfield, Norman
Foster, David Adjaye, Karim Rashid, Jean Nouvel, Bernard Tschumi and Ai
Tokyo, Japan, Invited Competition, 2010, First Prize
TDW Exhibition, Tokyo Designers Week 2012, Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku Gardens,
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
'Picturing "Home-for-All"' Exhibition, 2011, Toyo Ito Museum of
Architecture, Imabari, Japan : “Home-for-All”, Toyo Ito, Riken
Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima.
Green City Spaces - Urban Landscape Architecture, Chris van Uffelen,
English, ISBN 978-3-03768-142-8, Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2013
Space Plus +, English, ISBN 9789881635204, Sandu Publishing, Hong Kong,
Process, English / Korean, ISBN 978-89-6801-004-0, DAMDI Publishing Co.,
South Korea, 2013
DIDI - Design Idea Dictionary, English / Korean, ISBN: 978-89-9111-91-2,
DAMDI Publishing Co., South Korea, 2012
On Show - Temporary Design for Fairs, Special Events and Art Exhibitions,
English, ISBN: 978-988-15704-9-9, Sandu Publishing, Hong Kong, 2012
Our “Home-for-All” design ideas, plans and all, compiled by Toyo Ito,
Riken Yamamoto, Kengo Kuma and Kazuyo Sejima, Japanese / English, ISBN: -,
Tokyo, Japan, 2012
Visions of the Future, Architecture for the 21st Century, English, ISBN:
978-981-428-635-0, PageOne Group, Hong Kong, 2011
REMODELLING, Case Study of Remodelling, English / Korean, ISBN:
978-89-91111-78-3, Damdi Architecture Publishing, South Korea, 2011
Façade Greenery, Chris van Uffelen, Chinese, ISBN: 9787214070418, Jiangsu
People's Publishing House, 2011
Façade Greenery, Chris van Uffelen, English, ISBN-10: 303768075X,
ISBN-13: 978-3037680759 , Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2011
Plus DESIGN, Beautiful Design for Living, selected by Miquel Abellan,
English/Spanish, ISBN: 978-84-15223-04-7, Monsa, Spain, 2011
Automobile Architecture, Chris van Uffelen, English, ISBN:
978-3-03768-073-5, Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2011
My Green City, Back to Nature with Attitude and Style, English, ISBN:
978-3-89955-334-5, Published by Gestalten, Berlin, Germany, 2011
New Commercial Architecture, English, ISBN: 978-988-19610-7-5, Sendpoints
Publishing, China, 2011
Evolving Design, Collection of the Best Evolving Architecture, Volume 1,
English, ISBN-10: 8977483727, ISBN-13: 978-8977483729, 2010, CA Press,
South Korea, 2010
Portfolio, Special Issue 8, English / Korean, ISBN: 978-89-91111-61-5,
Damdi Architecture Publishing, South Korea, 2010
architecturemangadiary, cheungvogl, edited by Akiko Watanabe, English /
Japanese, ISBN: -, Hong Kong / Japan, 2010
Setting the Stage
The Hong Kong based studio sees architecture as a framework for life to
"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
Vogl believes that even a retail space can become an extension of public
space. "Retail generally occupies the spaces around the most
frequented public areas in our cities," says Vogl, "This
omnipresence also means that retail holds a responsibility for
contribution to quality of life in these public spaces. In these means,
retail should not be exclusive, but open and inviting. The visit to a
store should not make someone feel obliged to buy a product, but provide
the opportunity to see, feel and touch."
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
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 cooling.
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."
Setting the Stage, Jessica Niles DeHoff, InDesignLive.Asia, March
orating with Aesop
“Hong Kong based studio Cheungvogl has designed two new Hong Kong stores
for Aesop. The two aren’t strangers to each other - Cheungvogl has
created several store concepts for the Australian cosmetics
brand before, including a temporary installation at I.T HYSAN ONE,
one in a long series of collaborations. Aren't they bored with each other
Q: Aesop, Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong and Aesop Signature
Store, Cityplaza, Tai Koo Shing, Hong Kong are your latest two stores for
Aesop in Hong Kong. What are the differences between the two?
Cheungvogl: The Signature store for Aesop Cityplaza merges display with
storage, which allows the costumers to engage with Aesop’s operation.
The display follows the idea of an honest and practical storage system in
a warehouse and at the same time it creates a sense of calmness by the
choice of natural materials and simplification of design details.
The stacked timber shelving units are complimented by concrete walls and
epoxy industrial floor finish, enabling light to reflect and enlighten the
space in a dimmer, more theatrical context compare to the adjacent
environment. The elongated configuration coupled with the visual
projection on the back wall draw visitors’ attention into the store in
We were convinced of having met Aesop’s highest expectations, when
Dennis [Paphitis, Founder and CEO of Aesop] asked us to carry through the
design language and rationality of Aesop Cityplaza onto the new signature
store at Telford Plaza.
In Telford, we use black metal as a contrast to the existing site, which
is filled with natural light. The black metal walls and ceiling visually
heightens the space, while the stacked timber shelves are slightly reduced
in height to accentuate the volume of the space.
Q: What inspired you to design these stores?
Cheungvogl: Our projects are engaged with how the brand functions and how
materials are used to enhance these functions in their most honest and
The stacked timber shelving unit follows the specifications and
requirements of timber crates storage during production, shipping and
The design process simulates the notion of laboratory tests in which we
analysed, measured, documented and tested the perfect mixture of materials
such as metal, timber, concrete within each space. Since both stores are
inherently distinctive in their contextual environments, the different
mixtures of ingredients are selected to enhance or contrast the expression
of these contexts.
Q: You designed stores for Aesop before, why do you keep collaborating
Cheungvogl: The biggest reward for our dedication and passion towards our
projects is a returning client. Aesop certainly values our design
philosophy and project management skills by entrusting our studio to
design a cycle of new concepts.
Within the Aesop aesthetic, how did you put your ideas into the designs of
Cheungvogl: Our studio does not necessarily have a static design aesthetic
manifesto, but we work with a philosophy that aesthetics must follow a set
of rigorous design discipline that is grounded in research and analysis.
Aesop is a brand that values design as an integral and holistic process in
which we are able to materialize the designs into a series of confident
and coherent outcome.”
Cheungvogl, Collaborating with Aesop, Q&A by Anne-Wil Heijlaerts,
FRAME, January 2013
"There is no one to mention Hong Kong without mentioning Cheungvogl,
the German-Chinese architect duo, who create amazing projects.
Plaza Magazine, Boris Vasic, Sweden, December 2011
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.”, cheungvogl
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.
Their architecture often encompasses multiple fields of design, ranging
from urban scale through to details of interiors and products.
Their studio is currently working on projects in Japan, China, Germany and
Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl consistently redefine boundaries between
architecture, art and design. Their projects not only experiment with
architectural phenomenon, they often express certain sensitivity through
reinterpretation of materiality. Their passionate engagement with “time”
as an integral part of their palette forms a new typology within the
limitless context of space and experiences.
Quality is not measured by seeing; it is the feeling of comfort that one
remembers. The simultaneous engagement between architecture, art and
culture is their passion and commitment.
Read the full interview and documentation of current projects:
REmodeling, Damdi Architecture Publishing Co., Ltd, South Korea, ISBN
978-89-91111-78-3, September 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 Island Nation.
Hong Kong based Cheungvogl have been
making a splash across the pond with their designs for the KAT-Ohno urban
cultural center and 2 Houses project both soon to be located in
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.
The pair believes in harmony found through the ambiguity of art and
memory. What is truly a memory? Can memory be artful? And when does art
blend seamlessly into our memories? These are the questions that drive
these creative minds to build architectural wonders.
Their style is spare and airy. They have designed a variety of landscape
and architectural structures, including an outdoor ecosystem known as
Shinjuku Gardens in Japan that is currently under construction. Utilizing
space as part of the creative process, the designer duo has create
something beautifully natural amidst a sea of skyscrapers and concrete.
They have also designed a space-conscious house in New York that asks the
question: "how do you inject NY into NY?" It focuses on
secondary spaces - rooftops, gardens, balconies - and creates a new way of
seeing space in a bustling, active city.
The above pictured Umarmung chair updates the traditional idea of sitting
on the floor in Japan, creating a soft pocket around someone resting on
The design team behind cheungvogl is a talented pair, and one to watch in
the future of cutting-edge architectural innovation.
Padstyle, October 2010
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