Studio UNIT is a Hong Kong based studio for Architecture, Interior Design and Photography. Establishing itself as a unit – a singular component of a larger, more complex whole - it bears an open and malleable mind to take on unconventional circumstances and latencies during the new information age. It acknowledges the rising development of the Visual Culture and the importance of proliferating images through mass communication, in particular, social media.
An “image” is an impression; it is a physical and/or psychological experience, and it can be visceral and emotional. It tells stories and preserves memories. Our mission is to make images with an impact and to craft the spaces in which powerful images are made.
Grounding this philosophy is a passionate commitment to apply user-oriented sensibilities toward function and form. With the photographer’s eye combined with creativity and clarity in design vision, we traverse the boundaries between image and place making.
Studio UNIT was co-founded by Vivien Liu on 11 November 2016. She has been practicing architecture for over 8 years in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. Her experience comprises a wide range of building typologies, including office, retail, hotel, residential and institutional, involving architectural design at various scales from interior to urban planning and infrastructure. Prior to founding Studio UNIT, Vivien worked as an architect at Rem Koolhaas' OMA and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).
Vivien attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, and went on to study at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design.
Four years ago Vivien discovered a passion in photographing the urban density and architecture of Hong Kong and around the world. Her photography on Instagram has attracted more than 215,000 followers who check in to see her unique view on Hong Kong everyday. Since then, her style has broadened to include portraiture, natural landscapes and product photography. Her work is trusted by a wide range of clients including Jack Daniels, American Express, Huawei, Samsung, Sony, and The Hong Kong Tourism Board.
#legend - "Hong Kong's Award Winning Social Media Stars / On Reflection" August 2017
Landmark Mandarin Oriental - "Hong Kong Eye", Platinum Magazine Issue 4, Mar 2017
Fathom Way To Go - Head in the Clouds in Zhangjiajie, Sept 2016
Cathay Pacific - "The Tastemakers", Discovery Magazine, Mar 2016
DigitalRev - "How an Architect Became Instagram Famous", Mar 2016
Instagram - "Chasing Density with @vdubl", Jul 2013
Llamas Valley - "Former Architect Snaps Fleeting Moments",Apr 2016
Converse - Made by You: Vivien Liu,May 2015
HKTDC InnoDesignTech Expo 2016 - A Dialogue with Creative Minds, Dec 2016
Business of Design Week (BODW): Detour - Talk! 2015 - Retake,Dec 2015
General Assembly - #Instasavvy: Meet Hong Kong's Top Instagrammers,Dec 2014
Shi Zhou is the co-founder of Studio UNIT and has been practicing architecture for 7 years in the United States, Hong Kong and China. Her experience comprises a wide range of building typologies, including hotel/hospitality, residential, office, retail, etc., involving architectural design at various scales from interior to urban planning and infrastructure, low-rise to superhighrise.
Shi has worked as an Associate Principal at one of the largest and most well-respected Architectural firms in the world, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC (KPF). She had 2.5 years of experience working as an Architectural Designer at the KPF Headquarter in NY, and 4.5 years of experience at KPF HK office where she led a team and focused on project management, coordination, construction administration and business development. In collaboration ith KPF, Shi had been involved in the following projects:
• One Shenzhen Bay (Raffles Hotel), Shenzhen, China;
• TP-Link R&D Headquater, Shenzhen, China;
• Beijing Huadu Center (Bvlgari Hotel), Beijing, China;
• Hony Center, Qianhai, Shenzhen, China
• Shum Yip Terra Chegongmiao Urban Renewal Project, Shenzhen, China
• International Commerce Center(Hyatt Regency), Nanjing, China
• BP-4, Canary Wharf, London, UK
• Hudson Yards, New York, USA
Shi has also recently completed the storefront renovation and interior design of the fashion icon Atelier New York’s flagship boutique in Soho, New York.
Currently Shi is a registered Architect in the State of NY, US, an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Photograph by Vivien Liu