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SPARK Architecture News, chronological:

2 Aug 2023
GRiD, Selegie Arts District, Singapore
GRiD Mall and Education Hub Selegie Arts District Singapore
image © KhooGuoJie
GRiD Mall and Education Hub

11 May 2020
Guangzhou Shipyard Master plan, southern China
Design: SPARK
Guangzhou Shipyard Waterfront Heritage Park by SPARK
image courtesy of architects office
Guangzhou Shipyard Master plan
Designing at the scale of the Guangchuan is complex undertaking: the architects have worked to create an attractive and resilient environment that draws on the very special history of this southern Chinese shipyard.

15 May 2018
Arte S, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Design: SPARk Architects
Arte S George Town Penang Residential towers by Spark Architects
photograph : Lin Ho
Arte S Penang
SPARK has completed Arte S a residential development located at Jalan Bukit Gambier near the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. The project consists of a pair of condominium towers containing 460 apartments.

17 Apr 2017
Gateway One Shekou, Shenzhen, P.R.C.
Gateway One Shekou in Shenzhen landscape design by Spark Architects
photo : SKPhoto
Gateway One Shekou in Shenzhen by Spark Architects
SPARK has completed the design of Gateway One a 71,600-square-metre mixed-use development and transportation hub for China Merchants.

Designs by Spark

Spark wins two German Design Council awards for “iconic” projects 2013
Spark is delighted to announce that two of its projects; Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and Fai-Fah in Bangkok have won the 2013 German Design Council awards for “iconic” projects, in the Architecture categories of Best Retail Project and Best Public Project. The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held in Munich this October.

Fai-Fah – Wins Best Public Project German Design Council Award
Fai-Fah Bangkok Building design by SPARK Architects
image : Lin Ho

Starhill Gallery – Best Retail Project at German Design Council Awards
Starhill Gallery KL design by Spark Architects
image : Lin Ho

3 Jul 2013
Bass and Flinders Gateway, Wollongong, Australia
Design: SPARK
Bass and Flinders Gateway Australia
image from architect
Bass and Flinders Gateway
The Bass and Flinders Gateway development is located in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia and comprises 35,000 sqm of predominantly residential units supported by a modicum of commercial space. The site sits at the threshold of Wollongong and the greater Illawarra region and is bounded by Princes Highway, Campbell and Keira streets.

18 Apr 2013
Forte Nanshan, Chongqing, China
Chongqing Building
photo : Jonathan Leijonhufvud / Fernando Guerra
Forte Nanshan
SPARK’s playful Clubhouse in Chongqing has opened to the public. The Clubhouse is the first part of a series of leisure facilities SPARK designed for a large villa community in the outskirts of Chongqing. Apart from the 5,500 sqm clubhouse SPARK’s masterplan proposal includes a 12,000 sqm hotel and a 13,000 sqm outdoor retail street which will be completed early 2013.

17 Apr 2013
Guangzhou Science Town, Guangzhou, China
Guangzhou Science Town Buildings
photo : Guangzhou Vanke
Guangzhou Science Town
Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandi (Heaven on Earth) urban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square.

Recent Building Designs by SPARK

10 Apr 2012
Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Starhill Gallery Building
photo : Lin Ho
Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur
Starhill Gallery is perhaps Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic shopping mall, featuring an extraordinary array of luxury shops and fine dining restaurants. Spark’s design proposal dealt with the reinvention of the existing façade of Starhill Gallery facing Bukit Bintang.

11 Nov 2010
One Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
One Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur
photo © Milk Photographie
One Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur – retail development
The green centrepiece of 1 Mont’ Kiara is undoubtedly its atrium, which nestles under a triangulated transparent canopy constructed using ethylene tetrafluoroethylene or ETFE. The ETFE roofing enables natural light to stream through, illuminating the piazza-like space and minimising the dependence on electrical means of illumination.

Key Projects

Buildings by SPARK, alphabetical:

30 Nov 2009
Raffles City, Beijing, China
Date: 2008
Raffles City Beijing
photos © Shuhe
Raffles City Beijing : shortlisted in MIPIM Asia Awards
Designed by international architecture firm Spark, in collaboration with local architects and engineers Sunlight and engineering consultants Arup, has been shortlisted in the Best Chinese project Category of 2009 MIPIM Asia Awards. The mixed-use development is the first completed project by architects Spark in China’s capital.

Raffles City Ningbo, China
Raffles City Ningbo
image © Silkroad
Raffles City Ningbo
Construction is underway on the Raffles City Ningbo development, a one-stop shopping, dining, business, and lifestyle destination covering some 157,800 sqm. In order to realize the project, a world-class design team is assembled, led by award-winning architects Spark, and including Meinhardt (MEP consultant), Arup (fire engineer), MVA (traffic consultant) and the Ningbo local design institute (LDI).

Shanghai Chandelier, China
Shanghai Cruise Terminal Building
image from Sparch
Shanghai Cruise Terminal Building
Shanghai, long regarded as the Oriental Pearl, will add another jewel to its glittering crown when the new Shanghai International Cruise Terminal mixed-use development, designed by international architects Spark, is completed in May this year. The Cruise Terminal mixed-use development sits in the North Bund, offering spectacular views of Shanghai’s famous historical Bund to the south and the skyscrapers of Pudong on the opposite side of the Huangpu River.

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About Spark

Spark is an international design studio with proven expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. Having successfully completed award-winning projects across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Spark continues to create buildings and environments that inspire, informing and transforming public spaces.

The architecture practice’s work strives to employ the best sustainable practices, is driven by social inclusion and underpinned by financial viability. Spark works closely with clients to create projects that combine innovation and environmental responsibility alongside commercial success for their local economies. Spark’s completed work includes Clarke Quay in Singapore, Raffles City in Beijing, Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal.

Led by five directors; Jan Clostermann, John Curran, Max Titchmarsh, Stephen Pimbley and Sven Steiner; Spark’s international expertise is fused with local talent embracing 16 nationalities across offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore. For more information about Spark, please visit

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