William Lim Hong Kong Asia's Most Influential

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A leading architect, William Lim is also an acclaimed artist and a prolific contemporary art collector

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William Lim has made a big name for himself in several different creative spheres simultaneously. As an artist, he produces sumptuous large-scale installations and has twice represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale’s International Architectural Exhibition, in 2006 and 2010. As an architect, he is the managing director of architecture and interior design firm CL3, which has been behind numerous prestige projects, including Hong Kong art hub H Queen’s, as well as Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Hong Kong’s East Hotel and the Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo.

As a collector, he has spent more than a decade, alongside his wife, interior designer Lavina, building the Living Collection, the world’s largest private collection of art from Hong Kong. In 2021 the couple donated 90 pieces from the collection by 26 artists to M+, Hong Kong’s new public contemporary art museum. The couple are long-term patrons of Asia Art Archive, which documents art history in the region; and Para Site, Hong Kong’s oldest contemporary art centre.

A trustee of Cornell University, William Lim is also on the acquisition committee of the Tate and the gallery committee of Asia Society. He is the father of Kevin and Vincent, both of whom are also designers who co-run their own studios.

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The Lims’ art collection is so impressive that in 2014 German imprint Hatje Cantz published a lavish coffee table book about it, The No Colors.

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