Various Hong Kong Adventures

Ibrahim Elhayawan heading back to Oslo in January

For the last 17 months Various Architects have been collaborating with OMA on the Taipei Performing Arts Centre project in Taiwan. VA Partner Ibrahim Elhayawan has been living in Hong Kong as Project Leader for the 40,000m2 multi-theatre from the schematic design phase up to the recent 50% design development deadline. Ibrahim and the OMA team visited Casa Da Musica in Porto on a study trip as a reference for the TPAC. Under Ibrahim’s leadership, the project has received the relevant planning and client approvals. We have enjoyed our collaboration with OMA on this exciting and prestegious project, and look forward to future collaborations with them, in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Various Architects will continue to mantain it’s branch office in Hong Kong, and will focus on getting new projects in the region throughout 2011.

Ibrahim recently lectured at the University of Hong Kong Department of Urban Planning and Design. His lecture was part of a joint studio session between Landscape Master year two students. Ibrahim’s lecture presented a variety of VA projects that focus on collaborative design process and urban design. He was also asked to return as a jury member for the Urban Design Studio 1, Master of Urban Design Program which is taught by Dr. Stefan Al, Mr. Paul Chu, and Ms. Casey N.H. Wang (also of OMA).


The Oslo Office looks forward to having Ibrahim back in town soon!