f22 Foto Space, Hong Kong

Designed by: LAAB Architects; Carlow Architecture & Design
For client: f22 foto space Floor area: 1000.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Best Craftsmanship


Public Score
4.88
4.81 Function
4.91 Innovation
4.93 Creativity
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© Otto Ng @ LAAB Architects

Inspired by camera aperture, the circular staircase plays with light, shadow, and speed.

About the Project

f22 foto space is a one-of-a-kind photography gallery in Hong Kong, offering exhibition, a photo bookshop, a camera boutique, and a lovely cafe.

We meticulously translated camera elements into spatial experiences, immersing visitors in the world of photography arts and craftsmanship. We took inspiration from photography and worked closely with engineers to translate camera elements into structural elements. To create a cinematic entrance, we studied camera development and used design elements from various generations of camera lens to design the door. The overhead aperture controls the amount of light at the entrance space.

Inspired by camera aperture, the circular staircase plays with light, shadow, and speed. The circular staircase is a hanging structure, with equally twisted members made of stainless steel and bronze. We ensured that each member has the same degree of twisting before going into 3-D printing and casting.

A black-painted camera documents its interaction with the photographer; similarly, f22 documents its interaction with time and people. We used brass as the main material to fabricate the door and stairs and painted them in black. Over time, the black paint will wear off, revealing the brass underneath.

What’s unique about it

f22 redefines gallery design by weaving exhibition space with meticulous craftsmanship, immersing visitors in the world of photography arts. We worked closely with our engineers to translate camera elements into cinematic spatial experiences.

Paired with smart technology, the rotational camera door also controls the amount of light at the entrance space. Besides functioning as a door, it can also create a pocket space for reception or a photo spot when it is rotated at 180 degrees. The same space can also function as a temporary waiting area during seminars for late comers to watch the seminars on relay without disturbing other audience.

The circular staircase is a hanging structure, with equally twisted members made of stainless steel and bronze. We ensured that each member has the same degree of twisting before going into 3-D printing and casting.

f22 foto space documents its interaction with time and people. Both the door and staircase are fabricated using brass and painted in black. With time, the black paint will wear off, revealing the brass underneath.

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© Otto Ng @ LAAB Architects

f22 foto space is a one-of-a-kind photography gallery in Hong Kong.

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© DCinematic

Inspired by camera aperture, the circular staircase plays with light, shadow, and speed.

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© Happy Yam @ LAAB Architects

The circular staircase is a hanging structure, with equally twisted members.

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© Otto Ng @ LAAB Architects

The circular staircase is a hanging structure.

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© Yazh Yip @ LAAB Architects

We ensured that each member has the same degree of twisting before 3-D printing and casting.

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© Yazh Yip @ LAAB Architects

Mechanical details of f22 staircase.

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© DCinematic

Design elements from various generations of camera lens were used to design the door.

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The overhead aperture controls the amount of light at the entrance space.

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© f22 foto space; Otto Ng @ LAAB Architects

f22 documents its interaction with time and people, just like the black-painted camera.

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