NEW WORLD CULTURE FOR TOMORROW (CFT) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION FOUNDED BY CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR ADRIAN CHENG, TO EMPOWER HONG KONG’S RISING CHANGEMAKERS AND THEIR CREATIVITY.
New World Culture for Tomorrow (CFT) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2017 by cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng, to empower Hong Kong’s rising changemakers and their creativity. Creativity is everywhere. We identify the best minds in Hong Kong and match them with the right platforms to make the most impactful change our city needs.
We are fervent believers of Hong Kong’s next generation. Starting at the local level, we identify, cultivate and work with talents in three interconnected fields – architecture and design, living heritage, and cultural exchange. Our goal is to actualise their creativity to reshape the culture of living and the livelihood of Hong Kong.
Let new creative ideas sing - we match rising talents with established organisations in Hong Kong to apply their creativity in large-scale projects that matter the most in Hong Kong.
We collaborate to build a stronger community - our resources and network alone are not enough. We therefore foster collaborations with well-established local communities to achieve the widest reach possible.
By focusing on the interconnected pillars of Architecture and Design, Living Heritage, and Cultural Exchange, we examine three important but often overlooked building blocks that will redefine Hong Kong’s growth, culture and livelihood in the decades to come. Our aim is to empower Hong Kong’s rising changemakers in these fields, create platforms and opportunities for them and let their inventive work invigorate the city.
Architecture and Design
Reimaging infrastructure, housing, and livelihood by creatively designing spaces for tomorrow’s communities.
Preserving and modernising fast-disappearing heritage, to enrich communities with a continuity of traditions.
Inspiring cross-cultural dialogue and transforming the way of life through travel, curated tours and walks, in other words, complete cultural immersions.
Adrian Cheng, Cultural Entrepreneur and Founder of K11 Art Foundation and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, founded the non-profit organisation New World Culture for Tomorrow (CFT) in 2017, with the aim of empowering Hong Kong’s rising changemakers in the interconnected pillars of architecture and design, living heritage, and cultural exchange. Adrian believes in the power of creativity to make the most impactful change our city needs. It is therefore his goal to actualize these young talents’ creativity in large-scale projects and collaborations with well-established local communities to reshape the culture of living and the livelihood of Hong Kong.
Grew up in Hong Kong, Adrian furthered his studies in the United States and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) honours degree. He later received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in 2014. He currently sits on the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts. His Asian and western experiences made him the bridge between both cultures, through which he introduces a new dimension to the community.
Heritage Innovation Symposium 2023 – When Innovation Empowers Heritage Conservation15 Jun 2023
Power Reconnected: Revitalising The Battersea Power Station in London7 October 2021
Discover the State Theatre in All of Us1 April – 16 May 2021
‘Never-Ending Story’ Webinar: Conservation and Rebirth of Historic Buildings7 December 2020
‘Never-Ending Story’ Webinar:
The Evolution of North Point and Hong Kong’s Popular Culture27 October 2020
Sustainability Forum 2020:
Activating Change in a New World Order16 January 2020
Walk in North Point: Eastern District’s Cultural Odyssey11 and 18 January 2020
100 Years of Bauhaus: Zeitgeist in the Making4 January 2020
Cultural Muse Encounter12 - 26 December 2019
Celebrating Modern Muses – Talents & Ideas from MUSEA: A Book of Modern Muses5 December 2019 – 7 January 2020
A Tale of the Opera Theatre10 October – 17 November 2019
Master Talk by CARLO RATTI: LIVEABLE SMART CITY18 March 2019
CFT x HKDI Architectural Design Competition2017
Hot is Cool: A Cultural Dialogue between Finland and Hong Kong8 - 13 December 2017
Forth BagleyForth Bagley is the Principal of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the globally acclaimed architecture firm behind such one-of-a-kind developments as Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas and the renovations of London’s Unilever House and Paris’s Tour First, the tallest building in France, as well as the lead design architect responsible for transforming Victoria Dockside into the most vibrant cultural district in Hong Kong.
KPF’s design for the Rosewood Hong Kong is notable for its large stone piers that evoke the spirit of classic grand hotels, extra-wide panoramic glass insets with unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour and the tower’s stepped form, which changes depending on the viewer’s vantage point. For game-changing luxury residences K11 ARTUS, KPF have crafted a dynamic undulating exterior featuring curving balconies with a wavelike form that energises the entire district, while The Commune, a skybridge spanning across the urban window, provides an intriguing visual focal point. And for next-generation workspace K11 ATELIER, the firm have clad the exterior of the tower in Portuguese beige limestone piers accented with bronze-coloured trims to create a stately proportion of timeless elegance, while giant picture windows in each bay of the façade provide sweeping panoramas of the harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline. Forth Bagley是享譽全球的建築公司Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)的負責人。KPF曾負責多個地標項目，包括東京六本木新城、拉斯維加斯文華東方酒店，以及倫敦Unilever House及法國巴黎最高建築物Tour First的翻新工程。作為首席設計建築師的KPF在Forth Bagley的領導下，將Victoria Dockside塑造成香港最富活力的文化區。
James CornerGlobally acclaimed for his innovative approach to landscape architecture, James Corner is best known for his remarkable Tongva Park in Santa Monica, California, and the iconic The High Line in New York, a 1.45-mile-long linear park built on a historic rail line above the streets of Manhattan’s Lower West Side. At Victoria Dockside, the Director and founding partner of US-based firm James Corner Field Operations (JFCO) has overseen the landscape and streetscape design, and in particular the masterplan for the revitalised Avenue of Stars. Utilising eco-friendly materials throughout, the new Avenue of Stars emphasises its spectacular location on Victoria Harbour with a more spacious pedestrian sightseeing area, while enhanced green spaces and improved accessibility have helped transform the waterfront promenade into a world-class destination for locals and international visitors alike. Corner is also responsible for some of K11 MUSEA’s most eye-catching outdoor spaces, including: the Krescent Planter, a linear garden that deftly separates the mall area from the street; innovative outdoor performance venue Sunken Plaza; and the Bohemian Garden, a breathtaking oasis spread across two levels on K11 MUSEA’s rooftop.
Keith BradshawA leader in the field of lighting architecture, Speirs + Major have illuminated some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Millennium Dome and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Led by Principal Keith Bradshaw, Speirs + Major is the creative force behind the spectacular Opera Theatre, K11 MUSEA’s grand atrium, presenting hundreds of meticulously positioned lights that evoke curiosity and creativity, resembling a galaxy or a mysterious body of stars. Upon closer inspection, the seemingly random lighting forms a spiral highlighting the “galaxy of creativity” within the space. Another masterpiece by the practice is the distinctive Butterfly Lighting that illuminates K11 MUSEA’s spectacular Visual Corridor, a 100-metre-long by 40-metre-wide thoroughfare that connects Salisbury Road to the Avenue of Stars waterfront promenade. Balancing out the intensity of the natural light outside during the day, the luminous ceiling lights radiate a subtle glow that enhances the feel and experience of the area while also providing an elegant decorative intervention between the panels of the feature ceiling. Speirs + Major is also responsible for the Firefly lighting in the Nature Discovery Park on 8F, which subtly illuminates the rooftop to create a magical experience in the dark.
Otto NgCo-founder and Design Director of LAAB – a Hong Kong-based collective of architects, designers, engineers, artisans and sociologists dedicated to crafting spatial innovations that cultivate communities – Otto Ng has a reputation for designing unique public spaces, transformable architecture and interactive public art. As the Design Architect for some of K11 MUSEA’s most striking elements, LAAB has created a series of one-of-a-kind features that combine inspiration from nature with cutting-edge design technology. These include the intricate organic sculptures Escalating Climbers and Atrium Oculus in Opera Theatre the grand atrium; the Bohemian Arches, which connect 5F to the Bohemian Garden on 7F; the Bohemian Hexagons and Bohemian Ovals, distinctive forest-like canopies located on the 7F Rooftop; and the lush Nature Discovery Park and The Conservatory on the 8F Rooftop.
Ed Ng & Terence NganFounded in 1999 by interior designer Ed Ng and architect Terence Ngan, AB Concept is renowned for its skill in creating experiential luxury and interiors that redefine elegance at some of the world’s most exciting hospitality, wellness, F&B, commercial and residential properties. Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Milan and Taipei, the firm excels at creating design concepts that delight and surprise, while imbuing spaces with unique details and touches of dashing flair.
For K11 MUSEA, Ng and Ngan translated Adrian Cheng’s bold vision and KPF’s architectural planning into a design narrative that evokes the welcoming grandeur of a stately manor through warm colour tones, organic free-flowing lines and meticulously crafted detailing. This includes the entrance, the lift lobbies, the VIP washroom on 1F, and the conceptual design of the grand atrium Opera Theatre, as well as curating K11 MUSEA’s exceptional collection of Danish Modernist furniture.
Walk in Hong KongWalk in Hong Kong is the city’s leading cultural enterprise. We are known for our wonderful storytelling. We make what might otherwise be dry history lessons into memorable experiences, rooted in Hong Kong’s people and culture. Our walking tours are well loved by travellers, corporates, schools, families, and locals alike. Our vision does not stop there. Despite our small scale, we are an influential advocate for heritage conservation and driving social changes. In 2016, our team successfully lobbied for a Grade 1 historic building status for State Theatre in North Point, helping preserve one of the city’s most important urban gems.
K11 MUSEAAbout K11 MUSEA K11 MUSEA is the new cultural-retail destination on Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong. Inspired by ‘A Muse by the Sea’, K11 MUSEA is designed to enrich the new consumer’s daily life through the power of creativity, culture and innovation. After 10 years of planning and building, K11 MUSEA opened its doors in August 2019 to usher in a new era of cultural retail which speaks to the growing consumer demand for naturally immersive experiences of art, culture, nature and commerce. Founder’s Vision K11 Group was founded by entrepreneur Adrian Cheng in 2008 with a social mission to incubate talent and propagate culture. In creating K11 MUSEA - K11 Group’s most ambitious project to date - Cheng’s vision is to reinvigorate Hong Kong’s waterfront with 100 creative powers and make K11 MUSEA the silicon valley of culture that will inspire global millennials, and facilitate a broader discussion on the interconnectedness of creativity, culture and innovation.
Condé NastCondé Nast is a global media company that produces some of the world’s leading print, digital, video and social brands. These include Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and Architectural Digest (AD), Condé Nast Traveler and La Cucina Italiana, among others.
Headquartered in New York and London, Condé Nast operates in 31 markets including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S., with additional license partners throughout the world.
GLO TravelGLO Travel is a Hong Kong-based in-depth cultural tour organizer aiming to Go Local. Founded by renowned scholars and experienced travellers, our tours are designed and executed by a team of experts who know the destinations by heart.
GLO Travel believes that authenticity and depth is essential to make the most out of one’s travel experience, and we strive to make it available to everyone. Therefore, our tours are designed with principles below:
Intellectual: Listen to a different side of the story through thematic travel experiences led by experts and scholars.
Unforgettable: Venture into less popular countries, immerse in the culture and connect with the locals. Fun: Set off to a journey with new friends and experience the most in small groups.
In-Depth: Enjoy the quality and uniqueness of the itinerary, cuisine, and accommodation carefully selected and arranged by the GLO Travel team.
GLO Travel is widely recognized by our guests and the media for our effort and expertise in the travel industry. We are constantly seeking to explore new destinations and to enrich our existing itineraries, to continually provide the best travel experiences to our guests.
Light BeLight Be is the first social housing enterprise in Hong Kong, tempering social housing projects with creativity, impact and private participation. Starting in 2010, Light Be has pioneered social realty projects, launched Hong Kong’s first social housing network Light Home and the first social housing building Light Housing. Many innovations have been made by Light Be, such as delinking rent from market rate, integrating social housing with tenants’ personal development, engaging property owners to form a housing network, conserving and revitalising idle building for creative social housing, and many more.