Gary Chang (architect)
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|Alma mater||Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong|
|Occupation||Managing Director, EDGE Design Institute Ltd.|
|Known for||Architecture, Interior Design, Compact Living, Travelling|
|Suitcase House (Commune by The Great Wall),
Domestic Transformer (A 32 sq.m apartment), ALESSI Kung Fu Tea Set, ACTS Rednaxela Serviced Apartment,TIAN Spa of Park Hyatt Beijing
Gary Chang (張智強, born 1962) is an architectural designer from Hong Kong who has designed projects throughout China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Middle East, as well as Europe. He is known for his cost effective, flexible designs which focus on spatial qualities. Chang’s designs can be categorized as modern or contemporary architecture. He is also known for his home, the Domestic Transformer, which can turn into "24 rooms" within a limited space of 32 sq.m. He is currently the Managing Director of EDGE Design Institute Ltd., the renowned company he founded in 1994.
Early life and education
In 1994, Chang founded his first company, EDGE. The company was renamed EDGE Design Institute Ltd in 2003. The company works on projects for houses, retails, hotels, restaurants, and offices, and also creates products such as furniture, houseware, etc.
Chang’s architecture focuses on concepts of urban space, form and material. Most of his work concentrates on flexible designs with transforming interior spaces and architecture. He has become an influential figure in designs for compact living spaces.
One of Chang's best known works is of his own home in Hong Kong, the project known as the Domestic Transformer. Space in Hong Kong homes has become increasingly limited because of a growing population. Chang uses his architecture skills to find solutions to crowding for the people of Hong Kong. He has lived in the same 344 square foot apartment since he was a child, and has experimented frequently with space-saving strategies as part of his research. His designs combine comfortable living, efficient use of space and practical day-to-day function.
The Domestic Transformer is the fourth design created by Chang for this apartment. It can transform into twenty-four different rooms through the use of sliding walls and panels. This project is comparable to a puzzle, where pieces are continuously being unfolded, while others are folded/fitted back together to create new rooms and spaces.
Suitcase House, Commune by The Great Wall
Another design by Gary Chang is the Suitcase House located in Beijing by the Great Wall of China. This project is one of the hotels designed for the Commune by The Great Wall, where various notable Asian architects (such as Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma, Yung Ho Chang, etc.) were invited to design. Similar to the Domestic Transformer, the space in the Suitcase House could adapt to different uses and programmes flexibly. This design is 44 meters by 5 meters wide, shaped like a long rectangular box. It is made from mostly timber, concrete and steel for structural support. The Suitcase House transforms from a public gathering space during the daytime to a multi-spatial hotel structure to shelter guests at night, all through uses of alternating panels and doors.
Other notable works
Chang has also designed the Kung Fu Tea Set for Italian houseware brand ALESSI; A "Workstation" for Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific; The Kitagata Housing Product in Gifu; The Hong Kong Pavilion at the 50th Anniversary of the PRC, Beijing in 1999. He also designed interiors at the Treasure Palace development in Hong Kong.
Architecture and interior
- Domestic Transformer, Hong Kong (2007)
- The Arch, Hong Kong (2014)
- Nano Apartment, Hong Kong (2016)
- Suitcase House, Beijing (2002)
- Hotel V Wanchai, Hong Kong (2012)
- ACTS Rednaxela Serviced Apartment (2011)
- TIAN Spa at Park Hyatt Beijing, Beijing (2015)
- Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Architects Registration Board Office, Hong Kong (1997)
- Private Music Studio, Hong Kong (2016)
- Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong (1995)
Exhibition and display
- A Globalized Locality (Shanghai Jian'An International Sculpture), Shanghai (2017)
- Furniture Wall (Milan Confluence. 20+), Milan (2017)
- Strangled Reality (7th International Biennial Exhibition of Architecture), Venice (2000)
- Leisure Slice, Hong Kong (2004)
- ALESSI, Kung Fu Tea Set Tea & Coffee Tower (2003)
- ALESSI, Trick and Treat (2011)
- ALESSI, Treasure Box for Urban Nomads (2007)
- The Cabana Workstation for O&M Asia-Pacific (1996)
- Light Hotel (2001)
Chang has won multiple awards, including the ar+d Awards in 2002 and 2003 in Copenhagen and London for Light Hotel and Suitcase House. Gary Chang was also included in "40 Architects Under 40" by Taschen in 2000. The Domestic Transformer won the Design for Asia Award 2009 Grand Award and Bronze Award. Chang has won many other awards in Asia and throughout the world for his reconfigurable living spaces and product designs.
- 《好旅館默默在做的事：設計大師眼中最關鍵的 37 個條件》 ( 2017 ), Business Weekly, ISBN 978-986-93733-8-8
- 《My 32m2 Apartment - A 30 Years Transformation》 ( 2012 ), MCCM Creations, ISBN 978-988-99842-6-7
- 《Hotel As Home》 ( 2005 ), MCCM Creations, ISBN 978-988-97610-5-9
- 《Suitcase House》 ( 2004 ), MCCM Editions, ISBN 978-962-86816-9-3
- 《My 100 Hotels As Home 2004 - 2009》 ( 2009 )
- "Gary Chang's 24 Rooms in a 32sqm Apartment". Archivenue. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "330 Square Feet of Heaven in Hong Kong". Dwell, LLC (October 2000). Dwell. Dwell, LLC. pp. 37–. ISSN 1530-5309.
- "Nobody Home". Dwell, LLC (June 2002). Dwell. Dwell, LLC. pp. 104–. ISSN 1530-5309.
- Michael Schumacher; Oliver Schaeffer; Michael-Marcus Vogt (1 January 2010). MOVE: Architecture in Motion - Dynamic Components and Elements. Walter de Gruyter. p. 108. ISBN 978-3-03-460854-1.
- Gardiner, Virginia (14 January 2009). "24 Rooms Tucked into One". New York Times.
- "24 Rooms Tucked Into One". JAN. 14, 2009, Marcel Lam and Virginia Gardiner, The New York Times
- "A Tiny Apartment in Hong Kong Transforms into 24 Rooms". Home DSGN, May 7, 2011
- "Gary Chang: Life in 32 sqm". ArchDaily.
- "Gary Chang, Reconfigurable Living Space, The Suitcase House Hotel". Interactive Architecture. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Robyn Beaver (2004). 1000 Architects: (A-J). Images Publishing Group. pp. 177–. ISBN 978-1-876907-91-4.
- Sharon Leece (November 2007). China Living. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 103–. ISBN 978-0-7946-0435-6.
- Leon van Schaik; Geoffrey London (12 May 2010). Procuring Innovative Architecture. Taylor & Francis. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-0-203-85452-5.