NIL Studio Philosophy
NIL manifests our design philosophy. We believe every design should start at a brand new page. Experience can be accumulated, settled, absorbed, but should not be repeated. We wish every design can start at the NIL point, the very origin, where there is no memory or reference to any other precedents.
NIL Studio was established in 2014. The Directors and colleagues in the company have good experience in international projects in different scale and nature. We have a deep understanding of adapting architectural design professionally in different cultural settings. We have also attained many international and local awards both on personal and project levels. Our design and project execution ability has been well recognized.
The projects that we have been involved in are located
in a wide range of cities, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, the Netherland, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Vietnam and etc. Besides, we have also worked on numerous key projects in several major China cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing. Our international experience enables us to maintain all our projects in a global vision and quality.
NIL Studio can provide services in Master Planning, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Sustainability, Stage Design and etc. We have practical experience in large scale commercial mixed-use projects, hotel, exhibition, residential, office, sales office and etc.
The Studio is consisted of Directors and colleagues who are Hong Kong and RIBA (HK) Registered Architects, UK Interior Designer, other architectural and landscape designers. We handle our projects through advanced digital technology and also use it as an effective communication tool.
We have formed an alliance with the design companies in different countries to provide specific consultancy when it is needed. We also have a very good network with other disciplines such as engineers and surveyors, so we can obtain other professional advice in good time.
Apart from designing projects, we have been invited to lecture at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Design Institute. We have also been involved actively in numerous civic services in the field of design and architecture to raise public awareness of our living environment.
Jason, TANG Yiu Lun
[RA, HKIA, AA DIP, BAAS(DIST)]
Jason graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Hong Kong with distinction. With over 15 years of practical experience, he worked in several companies including served as the Senior Associate in Aedas Ltd. and founded the NIL Studio Ltd. which fed him with both local and overseas project experience including Middle East, Southeast Asia, China and HK. In recent years Jason received the DFA Design for Asia Awards, HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards and the A&D Trophy Awards (Best of Category) for his design works. Besides, he was also awarded the Hong Kong Youth Service Award in 2014, the ‘40 under 40’ Designer Award in 2012, the Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders in 2010, and the Young Architect Award by the HKIA in 2009. In the past Jason is one of a few who received a full grant scholarship for his postgraduate study through the British Council Chevening Scholarship Scheme. Jason has been active in numerous community service and artistic projects including exhibitions, forums and voluntary works. He is the Senior Lecturer of the Hong Kong Design Institute and was the part-time design tutor of the University of Hong Kong. Jason has been featured and interviewed by numerous media and organization for his works and several urban/ architectural topics. He has also been invited to participate in several international exhibitions and has served as the Jury Panel member for several prestige regional awards.
Billy, CHAN Kwok Kuen
[RA, HKIA, RIBA, HKIUD, HKCAC, BeamPro, BSC (Arch) BArch (U Syd.)]
Billy came back to Hong Kong after studying Architecture in University of Sydney in 2000. By then Hong Kong was in its low economic cycle but Billy saw big opportu-nities lying ahead in China. During the early years, he worked in project for HKJC, Hang Seng Bank and gained experiences working with large corporations. In later years, he redirected his focus back to the China market and completed Coco Park in Shenzhen, Posada Village in Tianjin and Pazhou Commercial Complex in Guangzhou, these projects were widely acclaimed and received numerous awards. Apart from the built projects, he was also instrumental in international competitions in previous offices. Recently, he is overlooking a 100,000sq.m. development project in Hong Kong consists of a 180m tower, a service apartment and a retail mall. This is vitally important to the overall process of an architectural project believing getting the project built is as equally important as the design itself.
Design is a continuous process and is a product coming out of the interaction with the clients and collaborators. “I don’t design a project for the ego of myself, it should fit for the purposes, for the needs and for the place.” However, it does not mean strictly follow the instructions of the clients. “I always reference back to the starting point of the project (thus our name NIL), it’s the first principle and it is the guiding light which in the end lead us to the most suitable solution.”
Being born in Hong Kong, a mixed pot of both Western and Chinese cultures, was in itself an inspiration. “I read books and magazines from everywhere, I find the technological edge of the Western and the sensibility of Chinese culture best describe what I do. It is also inspiring to look at how people enjoy a space, how it becomes part of their lives.” Travelling is also a constant source of new ideas and stimulation.