LAAB | f22 foto space
LAAB is a collective of architects, designers, and makers in Hong Kong led by Yip Chun Hang and Otto Ng. Projects include public architecture, interior design, interactive art, digital fabrication, and transformable apartment.
architecture firm, hong kong architecture firm, hong kong artist, hong kong architect, asia architect, interior designer, hong kong interior designer, interior designer, digital fabrication, fabrication lab
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f22 foto space

Project Vision

f22 foto space is a one-of-a-kind cultural hub in Hong Kong dedicated to photography and design. The foto space offers exhibition, a photo book shop, a Leica camera boutique and a lovely cafe. A black-painted camera documents its interaction with the photographer; similarly, f22 documents its interaction with time and people. The design team used brass as the main material to fabricate the door and the stair and painted them in black. Over time, the black paint would be worn off, revealing the brass underneath. To create a cinematic entrance, we studied camera development and used design elements from various generations of camera lens to design the door. The aperture at the ceiling controls the amount of light at the entrance space. We worked closely our with engineers to translate camera elements into structural elements. Inspired by camera aperture, the circular staircase plays with light, shadow and speed. The two galleries are in black and white, forming a dialogue between the two floors. Café 22 offers a nice gathering place for cultural activities. It has an exhibition space for budding photographers to organize their first exhibition. There will be regular Friday nights and weekend events. A mirror is installed behind the counter, visitors can watch the baristas perform. There is a square table in the middle of the café for visitors to gather and talk about photography and design.

Design Architects

LAAB Architects in collaboration with Carlow Architecture & Design

Stair Structural Engineers

BeFrank and Yasuhiro Kaneda Structure

cafe22 Designers & Fabricators

LAAB in collaboration with Hoi Chi Ng and Roy Ng

Branding and Signage Designer


Contractors and Fabricators

Made in LAAB with AVT, Buddy Concept, Chi Keung Kee, Golden Smart, Linko, Profit+, and many more

Video Producer & Photographer

DCinematic & LAAB Architects

Core LAABers

Kevin Chau, Otto Ng, Phoebe Ng, Yin Lih Tham, CK Wong, Ricci Wong, Chloe Yau, Yip Chun Hang, Yazh Yip

Supporting LAABers

Anderson Chan, Tin Chan, Zion Chan, Catherine Cheng, Jason Choi, Jesse Hao, Ming Ho, Daisy Lam, Kelvin Lam, Tat Lau, Venessa Mok, Janis Poon, Theodora Li, Stephanie Siu, Carolyn Tam, Ricki Tsoi, Donald Wu, Happy Yam

Architecture, Art, Exhibition, Gallery
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