Behind the scenes with Morphis Director, Mark Blackwell, shooting the interactive marketing video for our Tong Zhou, Beijing mixed use development at the famous Shaw Studios in Hong Kong. The marketing suite will be open in September 2018 and the main development in 2019.
Archigram Hong Kong- Join Morphis and the panel at PMQ in Hong Kong on Monday 25th June for a discussion on the future of Hong Kong's Central and harbourfront - public space and the waterfront, hosted by HKU and the Urban Land Institute. Book your seat for the event at https://www.arch.hku.hk/event_/discussion-on-central-and-the-harborfront-on-public-space-and-the-city/
Mark Blackwell, Director, has been appointed as a design advisor for Design Trust Hong Kong, creating platforms to support and stimulate design through creative sharing and engaging communities. As an extension of last year’s inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio, the 2018 theme for Futures Studio is “PLAY IS FOR THE PEOPLE”. Tackling and promoting the ideas of innovation, leisure and play, which creates meaning from the people, for the people with human factors, ergonomics and physical designs in play. Four practical yet playful micro-parks will be realized in four different locations around Hong Kong.
Further details of the programme can be found at http://designtrust.hk/
Morphis were appointed to develop the landscape to one of the world’s tallest office buildings in China to create an iconic presence and centerpiece to the burgeoning central business district, in the Futian District, Shenzhen. The podium includes five floors of retail shops that terrace away from the tower to form a large amphitheater-like space. The building is also defined by a central atrium, which serves as a public vestibule and allows daylight in, creating a welcoming space for meeting, shopping and dining.
Ping An is the fourth tallest building in the world (falling behind Dubai's 828m Burj Khalifa, the 632m Shanghai Tower and the 601m Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca), and accommodates 100 floors of offices for 15,500 employees, as well as an observation deck – which is expected to receive 9,000 visitors daily.
The landscape works are due to be completed on site by December 2018. Image © Tim Griffith
A sneak peek at the new Morphis book and presentation box celebrating our work to date, creating experiential destinations across Asia, the Middle East and Europe for public realm, commercial, retail luxury residential and hospitality developments. Let us know if you would like a copy . . .
Morphis is delighted to be appointed as the landscape architect for the new Hainan Memorial Park to create an experiential landscape around the concept of healing and remembrance. A landscape that stands as a symbol of peace, to enhance the feeling of contemplation and remembrance, as well as a destination for visitors to interact with its natural mountainous and sub-tropical context. The landscape embodies Hainan’s DNA, emotionally, visually and ecologically, as an ever-changing landscape experience for all seasons.
The sculptural quality of the park will draw visitors to the expansive energy that radiates outward into the landscape. A series of living sensoriums, a place full of fun and discovery, a place for special events. Symbolic of the native jungle, weaving a sinuous network of connections through the park and beyond, growing coherently and continuously in time and space.
Morphis’s Creative Director, Mark Blackwell was a panelist in a stimulating discussion at the Urban Land Institute event on ‘Shaping Hong Kong's New Central Harbourfront’ on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at The Hong Kong Maritime Museum – an extraordinary opportunity to simultaneously transform and unite Hong Kong to create a truly world-class waterfront.
This highly anticipated event will explore the challenges and opportunities of Site 3 of the new Central Harbourfront (from Jardine House to the Central Ferry Piers) which will shape the future use and enjoyment of Hong Kong's iconic waterfront. The panel discussions focussed on three key topics: Context, Disposal and Design.
The infrastructure is in place, it’s now time to deliver a true setting to a world class skyline!
Morphis’s Creative Director, Mark Blackwell, will be a panelist at the Urban Land Institute event taking place on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at The Hong Kong Maritime Museum. This highly anticipated event will explore the challenges and opportunities of Site 3 of the new Central Harbourfront (from Jardine House to the Central Ferry Piers) which will shape the future use and enjoyment of Hong Kong's iconic waterfront with a focus on three key topics - context, disposal and design. Book your seat for the event at https://asia.uli.org/programming/uli-hong-kong-shaping-hong-kongs-new-central-harbourfront/
Morphis are experienced landscape architects working with a number of leading international clients creating transformation. We now need to grow further and expand our own brand reach to build on this success.
We established Morphis in mid-2014 in Hong Kong and expanded into Shanghai a year later. The team have developed rich project experience and have collaborated on developments around the globe in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We have won a number of leading international design competitions along the way.
The time has now arrived to expand with a physical presence in the UK to better serve clients in Europe and the Middle East and secondly to expand our passionate and creative team to service a growing number of international projects.
We are a consultancy of creative thinkers, innovators and designers, collaborating on projects around the world. We reflect this rich mix of cultural connections with our young and cosmopolitan, yet experienced team exploring the intersection of city, society and nature. We create memorable destinations and healthy places to live and celebrate life.
From December our studios in Hong Kong and the UK will be able to combine landscape strategies and experiential design to create truly memorable destinations wherever they are in the world. We have a boutique appeal with a global reach - creativity without boundaries.
Morphis has been appointed as landscape architects to design the 86 acre Indigo Beijing retail-led mixed use waterfront development for the joint venture clients Sino Ocean and Swire Properties. Morphis will initially prepare the landscape masterplan and concept design for the development to integrate the cityscape to the west and the existing park to the east. The completed 175,000m2 phase one development includes a 68,000m2 Retail and Entertainment Podium, the 369-key EAST Hotel and ONE INDIGO, a 58,000m2 international Grade A Office Tower.
Morphis’s Rachel Tennant spoke on the opening day of this year’s Royal Institute of Architects Scotland convention in Stirling, Scotland on 12th May 2017 alongside acclaimed architects including OMA, KPF, HDA and Ian Ritchie Architects. This year’s theme was ‘International Perspectives,’ and Rachel’s presentation talked about Morphis’s design and sustainability approaches that have shaped, restored and protected Asia's natural and built environment.
We are delighted to announce that TGP Asia has joined Morphis. The Asian arm of the multi-award winning UK landscape architecture practice established in 1994 will reinforce Morphis's commitment to serve their growing client base and expand into new project typologies.
Rachel Tennant, co-founding director of TGP Landscape Architects, becomes a Senior Consultant to Morphis and explains, 'Morphis's approach to exemplary and innovative design is complementary to the practice we've built at TGP Asia, and we are delighted to be part of Morphis.'
Mark Blackwell, Managing Director of Morphis explains, 'This adds a new dimension to our offer to further support our clients; we are solidifying our position for the future and are excited to begin this new chapter bringing together our deep, combined expertise to more integrated, creative and memorable design solutions.'
The incorporation will be effective from 5th April 2017.
Morphis are delighted to be appointed by the developer Ping Gau to prepare landscape hospitality design proposals for the new Hilton Hotels, Hangzhou. The development is positioned in the southern terminus of the ancient Grand Canal waterway, which originates in Beijing and close to West Lake, is celebrated by poets and artists since the 9th century. This is Morphis's second recent commission since joining Hilton Worldwide's preferred consultant panel for landscape and resort projects in the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, India and China.
Morphis joined the students and professors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture, for the Masters in Architecture studio design review on Friday 24th February 2017.
Morphis Director, Mark Blackwell, presented an exploration of experiential design followed by a series of design reviews with the students to enrich their understanding in landscape masterplanning and landscape design for their final thesis projects.