Hong Kong Arts Centre agnès b. CINEMA

Lead Designer
Prize(s)1st Place in Interior Design / Institutional
Entry Description

The cinema was originally fitted out with a humble budget, without proper acoustic considerations, and the seats were packed tightly so as to allow the maximum accommodation of audience. Unlike other mainstream cinemas, the Hong Kong Arts Centre agens' b Cinema focus on showcasing art films or other indepedent productions that brings to the cinema goers an alternative choice.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre, a non-profit making, non-governmental and self-financed statutory arts organization, was granted with a funding to refit the cinema. While the physical enclosure can not be altered, the seating arrangements have been reprovisioned, adding more legroom for each seat and replacing the old seats with more comfortable contemporaries. The result means the number of seats are greatly reduced, but matches well with the current cinema operations and markets.

To stay in tune with the ever changing, multi-facet artistic operations of the centre, it was decided that the refitted cinema must give a consistent impression. Furthermore, the venue will host not only movie presentations, but also a wide range of activities like concerts, chamber music, and talks, therefore, the tone to be chosen must have a well balanced consideration, taking into account of the different requirements at different time.

The walls were fitted with mineral acoustic panels, painted in various tone of grey, which would vanish in the dark, but still offers a dynamic backdrop for other activities when the light is on.

The newly fitted cinema, with state of the art digital projection capability, will bring to the audience a new level of experience.


SLHO & ASSOCIATES LTD. is an award winning design firm based in Hong Kong with international exposure. The team here aims to provide design solutions that are appropriate, innovative yet cost effective and non-conforming to mediocrity.

We believe architecture, interior design and urban planning are part problem solving, part anticipating the psychological perception the future users will experience, part questioning, re-evaluating the generally accepted norm, and part pushing the envelope of what architecture is about, providing a solution that will evolve with time.

Awards and Prize

HKIA Annual Awards 2015 – Winner for Special Architectural Award for “The Camphora”

FX Awards 2014, London, UK – Finalist: Institutional

International Design Awards 2012/ 13, Los Angeles, US – GOLD Award in Interior: Institutional

International Design Awards 2011/ 12, Los Angeles, US – Silver Award in Interior: Institutional

HKDA Global Design Awards 2011 – Silver Award for St. James’ Settlement Community Centre

HKDA Global Design Awards 2011 – Hong Kong Best Award for St. James’ Settlement Community Centre

FX Awards 2011, UK – Finalist “Assembled Topology”

Perspective Annual Award 2011 – Certificate of Excellence for Furniture “Assembled Topology”

Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2010 – EXCELLENT certificate for St. James’ Settlement Community Centre

“40 under 40” Asia Top Young Design Talents, awarded to Mr. Douglas HO

HKIA Annual Awards 2008 – Winner for Special Architectural Award on A&A works for the Skyhigh Creative Partners Media Laboratory

HKDA Asia Design Awards 2009 – Bronze Award