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Spencer Fung in conversation with Suzy Annetta

  • Niccolo Room The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive Central Hong Kong (map)
Architecture by Hand: Inspired by Nature (Clearview Books)

Architecture by Hand: Inspired by Nature (Clearview Books)

Spencer Fung is fascinated with views and orientation, light and space. Before starting any project he immerses himself in the local environment, culture and landscape; these factors all influence his creative thinking.

He becomes deeply connected with each space or building he works on, observing its orientation and how daylight affects it. He sketches by hand to explore and develop designs, and has a holistic approach to architecture, interiors, furniture and landscape.

Spencer’s early training at technical school, where he practised woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, turned him into a fine draughtsman and gave him a love of raw materials. He delights in the integrity of noble materials and loves to work with marble, oak and stone using hand-crafted finishes and interesting natural or historic materials. Functionality is never compromised, yet he pushes boundaries with detail, always upgrading and raising the benchmark. He excels in attention to detail, and works with teams of specialist artisans using traditional techniques alongside cutting-edge technology.

Spencer trained at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and founded Spencer Fung Architects in 1990. His projects include luxury world-class hotels, spas, restaurants, retail spaces, work studios, barn conversions, homes, offices, yachts and private jets, and clients include The Berkeley Hotel, The Royal Opera House, Netjets, Bamford, General Trading Company, Daylesford Organics and Marie-Chantal.

See Spencer in conversation with our Editor-in-Chief for the launch of his book Architecture by Hand: Inspired by Nature — copies will be available for purchase and signing on the night.