Hong Kong Architect: Hans Brouwer

glass windows design HB8

glass windows design HB8

profile HB1Hans Brouwer was born in Hong Kong in 1961. After spending the first 11 years of his life in Hong Kong, he was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland. Hans chose to study architecture and graduated in 1986 from USC, Los Angeles, topping his class. He had also studied at the prestigious ETH, Zurich (1st year, architecture) and thereafter pursued the Syracuse Architecture Programme in Florence, Italy, in his fourth year.

After completing his studies he worked with Sir Norman Foster and Partners for 8 years, participating and undertaking in various prestigious projects in Japan, Germany and England. During this tenure he held responsible positions and was in charge of many technologically advanced design competitions.

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Hans left the company as Project Director, only to move on and set up HB Design (Hong Kong) Ltd, in partnership with Anthony Wang in the year 1995. He brought with him the wealth of his abundant knowledge and experience in addition to his immense talent, executing a number of interior design projects in the Southeast Asian region.

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Early 1998 saw Hans moving to Singapore to establish HB Design Pte Ltd. He has completed many projects thereafter and continues to do so. This acclaimed architect is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Singapore, where he shares his knowledge and teaches design studios.

wall tiles design HB14In his illustrious career Hans has held many key positions, given numerous lectures and presentations and also has many written publications to his credit. He has won many prestigious awards and been nominated for several others, in the fruitful years of his career so far. Hans now brings his knowledge, expertise and talent to India, with a few upscale residential projects in the country.


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A project with 10 villas, situated in Phuket, Thailand. Located on an island within the Laguna area, the villas are set within a 500 square metre plot and designed so as to ensure absolute privacy,

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open plan living and a

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generous garden and pool setting.

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The inverted pitch roof brings a dynamic form into the house creating a very open and well-lit relationship of the interior spaces to the surrounding gardens.

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The architecture has not attempted to embrace the vernacular in terms of form or detailing, opting instead to relate to the tropical island context in terms of environmental responsiveness.

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A feature spine wall, clad in local sandstone, runs through the house, guiding one from the car porch to the pool terrace on the far side.


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A project that effectively saw the total restructuring of an existing 3 storey penthouse.

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The new layout is designed around a steel and glass staircase, acting like a chandelier, bringing light down from the rooftop terrace to the floors below.

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The main living/dining areas are on the lowest floor

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with all the bedrooms on the upper floor.

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The master bathroom has been designed to take advantage of spectacular views of the bay below.

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Another key feature is the repossession of the rooftop by reorganising the building’s common services, creating a second outdoor living area with stunning views out over Repulse and Deep Water bays.


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This house in Singapore is designed around a concept evolved from the reconciliation of a long and narrow site with the attraction of a natural green reserve.

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This led to the development of the dual concepts of the building defined as 3 boxes and the site divided by 2 screen walls.

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The boxes and their architectural treatments are a reflection of their purpose.

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The support facilities block, housing the kitchen and the staff quarters,

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is expressed as a tough, fair-faced concrete shell.

floor design HB7

The bedroom block is an introverted building with a simple punched-window facade with operable screens that provide the privacy required by the spaces within.

TV lounge seating design HB19

Finally, there is the living room block, an extroverted building designed to maximise the relationship to the view and garden.

porch ceiling design HB20

This is an openable box, glazed on 3 sides with a large protecting canopy.