In 1984, when property developer Vanke was established by Wang Shi, the proportion of China’s population living in urban areas was in the vicinity of 20%. In 2011 it reached 50.5%, exceeding the rural population for the first time. Today, thirty years after its founding,...

SPARK recently enjoyed the opening of IKON Connaught – an iconic new shopping, leisure and office landmark in Cheras on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. SPARK designed a ‘twin-speed’ façade for this prominent building, which is experienced at the pedestrian scale as well as through the...

The Middle East’s largest real estate and property development event, Cityscape Global, runs from 21 to 23 September 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. SPARK will be exhibiting alongside some 200 companies from the real estate sector, including developers, architects, suppliers, and authorities. SPARK’s...

A period of necessary introspection befell the architecture profession in March 2013. During a speech at the Architects’ Journal ’s ‘Women in Architecture’ luncheon in London, icon of postmodern architecture and theory Denise Scott Brown requested retrospective acknowledgement for her role in the Pritzker Architecture...

SPARK has completed the design of Prince’s Building a 71,600-square-metre mixed-use development and transportation hub for China Merchants. Located in Shenzhen South China the 110-metre-high, 27-storey office tower and five retail pavilions are connected by landscaped terraces that combine to create a unique naturally ventilated...

SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley was welcomed back to Channel News Asia’s ‘First Look Asia’ TV programme on Thursday 10 July 2014 – this time to discuss ‘green architecture’ on the occasion of World Population Day. With the world’s population expected to reach 8 billion by 2024,...

SPARK’s award-winning streak continues with an extraordinary honour. The international Iconic Awards, organised by the German Design Council, have named SPARK ‘Architects of the Year’ for 2014. SPARK will be accepting the award at a ceremony in Munich on 6 October 2014. ‘Architects of the Year’...

The organisers of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) have announced the shortlist for this year’s awards programme. Included in the list of 289 shortlisted projects from 50 countries are four projects by SPARK. Vanke Jiugong (Future Projects Commercial Mixed-Use category), Crescent Villa (Future Projects House category),...

Viewers of Singaporean breakfast news television received a rare serving of concrete beauty with their morning coffee on 26 June 2014. SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley appeared on the Channel News Asia programme ‘First Look Asia’, sharing insights into the qualities and potentials of ‘concrete gems’...

In the tradition of conceptual and visionary architecture proposals, SPARK Architects reveal their design for a floating hawker centre – the Solar Orchid. This concept for self-contained, solar-powered, floating hawker pods suggests a way to mend the now distant relationship between Singapore and its waterscapes, while...