Crafting Modernism: 40 Years of Kerry Hill Architects

Crafting Modernism: 40 Years of Kerry Hill Architects

Shanghai, Exhibition –

AMANYANGYUN resort in China hosts an EXHIBITION in tribute to the late KERRY HILL

Now till 24 October 2019

13 re-mastered Ming and Qing Dynasty villas have been carefully moved brick-by-brick from Fuzhou to become an integral part of Amanyangyun, a traditional village resort set amid a camphor forest outside downtown Shanghai
Kerry Hill and his team employed signature monochrome surfaces, clean lines and pure geometries that exist in perfect harmony with the rich history of the 400-year-old building and 1,000-year-old trees
A model of Amanyangyun at the exhibition
A model of the new Aman Kyoto which is opening in November 2019. Set in the forested region of Takagamine, Aman Kyoto nestles at the bottom of the Hidari Daimonji mountain, a short distance from Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Kinkaku-ji Temple


THE LATE AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECT, who was based in Singapore and who was a Singapore Permanent Resident, had a wonderful finesse in resort hotel design across Asia, where his projects settle sensitively into place and climate, and seamlessly weaves into the local cultural fabric. He uses indigenous craft traditions with his technological modernist schematics. Kerry Hill lost his battle with cancer in August 2018 at the age of 75.

Model-crafting master Ken Lim from Kerry Hill Architects puts in the final touches to one of the exhibits

Kerry Hill Architects is known for creating immaculate models. In this age of digital rendering, this dedication to the time-consuming process is a fitting reflection of Kerry Hill’s understanding of place and developing a sensitive response through architecture.

The exhibition venue in one of Amanyangyun’s sunken pavilions, showcases dozens of selected architectural models, including The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia and Amankora in Bhutan. A corner is devoted to the development of ‘Armitage Hill’ over many years, which is Kerry Hill’s family property near Galle in Sri Lanka. The ‘Black Pavilion’, was the one of the last of the pavilions to be built on the property. Kerry Hill’s involvement in Sri Lanka was anchored by the evolution over time of this family property, where he explored his passion for art, architecture and his love of the landscape.

Kerry Hill once said:

We like to think that each building is designed especially for its context and its place. I feel that you need to perpetuate the traditions within the culture and material of a place through your architecture so that it is appropriate.”


Kerry Hill Architects have designed a number of Aman’s properties including Aman Villas at Nusa Dua, Amansara, Amankora, Amangalla, Amanwella, Aman Tokyo, Amanemu, Amanyangyun and the new Aman Kyoto which is opening in November 2019.

Guests staying with Amanyangyun will be invited to embark on a journey of discovery of Kerry Hill’s works with a guided architectural tour in Amanyangyun’s heritage buildings as well as the exhibition space. The exhibition space is also open to non-residents, by appointment only.


Story sourced by Carol kraal. Photographs courtesy of Aman Resorts and Petrie PR