Joining hands with Yicai Media Group and China Architecture & Building Press, HKR International Limited (“HKRI”) launched On the RISE – From Dazhongli to HKRI Taikoo Hui (“On the RISE”) on 8 March. An exhibition on the development of HKRI Taikoo Hui — The Creation of the HKRI Taikoo Hui — was also unveiled on the same day, documenting the history of the project and the urban renewal process of Shanghai.
The book details the history of Dazhongli, one of the largest clusters of Shikumen buildings in Shanghai and where HKRI Taikoo Hui is located, and digs deep into the interdependence of the people, land and the city, and the cultural heritage behind. Through in-depth studies of its history, review of the challenges during the 15 years of development and the difficulties in conserving the century-old historic building Cha House, this book takes readers through the journey of Dazhongli in the last century and its rebirth as HKRI Taikoo Hui in 2017.
The historical changes of Dazhongli is an epitome of the development of Shanghai. Mr Victor Cha, Chairman of HKRI, said, “‘Respecting the people and cherishing the land’ have been our Group’s motto for over 40 years and the cornerstone of our developments. We fully acknowledged the heritage value of Dazhongli, and we were devoted to preserve this value while we re-created the Shanghai style architectural features and the nostalgic atmosphere of Shikumen community, allowing Dazhongli to enrich the lives of the public in a brand-new form. By publishing this book, we wish to share our experience with fellow city builders to forge a new way of urban development that ‘build the new without breaking the old’, and to offer a glimpse of the history and culture of Shanghai.”
The Creation of the HKRI Taikoo Hui exhibition was unveiled concurrently. Echoing the book, the exhibition presents the 15 stages of history of HKRI Taikoo Hui. Visitors can immerse themselves in the process of construction and the changes of Dazhongli and Shanghai through various multimedia and interactive exhibits and activities. The exhibition is located at the atrium on LG1 of HKRI Taikoo Hui, and is open to public from 8 to 21 March for free.
Urban renewal will become the focus of a city’s development. However, instead of working individually, the city’s officials, developers and the general public all have different roles to play in the process. HKRI would like to share its experience by launching On the RISE and curating this exhibition to encourage public participation and discussion and explore new approach of urban renewal. Redevelopment and conservation are not zero-sum concept. The city’s cultural heritage can be kept intact even when the territories are being re-delineated.
Upholding our corporate values of “respecting the people and cherishing the land” in the past 40 years, HKRI spares no effort to rediscover the historical value and culture wherever we operate and strike a balance between preservation and revitalisation. HKRI Taikoo Hui is a vivid example of urban renewal and cultural preservation. HKRI will continue to invigorate regional economic value with a sustainable approach and to fulfill our vision to create a unique and quality lifestyle.
On the RISE is published by China Architecture & Building Press and is available for sale at Xinhua Bookstore, general architecture bookstores and online bookstores.
About HKR International Limited
HKR International Limited has diversified interests in real estate development and investment, property management, luxury hotels and serviced apartments, healthcare services and other investments in Hong Kong, mainland China and across Asia.
The Company’s diverse portfolio includes Discovery Bay and CDW Building in Hong Kong, HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, and a number of premium residential and commercial properties in Thailand and Japan. HKRI has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 1989, under the Stock Code of 00480.