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Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers Project Archives 劉榮廣伍振民建築師事務所作品檔案

The Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers Project Archives document ten of the firm’s most historically important projects from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. The archive consists mainly of digital copies of plans and drawings, and also includes several photographs and other physical items, notably an album of photographs of the Aberdeen Market Complex.

Founded in 1972, Dennis Lau & Ng Chung Man Architects & Engineers is known for complex, large-scale buildings and urban developments in the commercially demanding and hyper-dense context of Hong Kong. The firm’s early composite buildings reflect the ‘stacking’ phenomenon typical of Hong Kong. Examples include the Aberdeen Market Complex (1980–1983), which was Hong Kong’s first multi-use public urban complex, containing a cooked-food centre, produce markets, a library, a sports hall, and offices; and the ATL Container Freight Station (now ATL Logistics Centre) (1979–1994), Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, touted as the world’s largest multilevel industrial building with an integrated ramp, rooftop parking, and an internal roadway network, all accommodating container trucks.

Projects by co-founder Dennis Lau, an early graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong, are examples of distinctive experiments in 1970s Hong Kong architecture. These include the Chung Chi Hall Student Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a development of private houses at Repulse Bay, and a development of houses at Tai Tam Crescent, Stanley.

Dennis Lau & Ng Chung Man Architects & Engineers was one of the first firms to work in post-reform China, designing the courtyard-inspired Shantou University campus (1981–1987) in Guangdong Province. The firm has remained active in Hong Kong, notably designing Highcliff (1995–2002), one of the tallest and slenderest residential towers in the world.

This acquisition contains models and digitised material. The firm scanned original drawings and photographs and donated the scanned copies to M+.

M+ selected projects for acquisition in preparation for the exhibition Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection. The firm was then asked to donate all available archival material relating to these projects.

Arranged chronologically by project, and by format and original reference numbers within each project.

The originals of the digital copies acquired by M+ were retained by the firm.

The part of the Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers Archive that was not acquired by M+ was retained by the firm at their offices in Hong Kong.


Object Number
Archival Level
[circa 1970]–[circa 2000s], digitised [2000s]
Object Count
524 items
Credit Line
M+, Hong Kong. Gift of Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Limited, 2013

Archival material, Chung Chi Hall Student Centre (circa 1970–1972), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Archival material, private houses at Repulse Bay (circa 1971–1974), Hong Kong

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Archival material, Tai Tam Crescent (circa 1975), Tai Tam, Hong Kong

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Archival material, Cape Collinson Columbarium (No.1) (circa 1978–1980), Chai Wan, Hong Kong

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Archival material, Urban Council Aberdeen Market Complex (circa 1979–1983), Aberdeen, Hong Kong

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Archival material, Shantou University (circa 1985–1987), Guangdong Province, China

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Archival material, St. James’ Settlement building (circa 1984–1987), Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Archival material, ATL Container Freight Station (now ATL Logistics Centre) (1979–1994), Kwai Chung, Hong Kong

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Archival material, Kornhill Development (1980–circa 1987), Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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Archival material, Highcliff (circa 1998–2003), Happy Valley, Hong Kong

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