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This paper describes a pavilion structure designed as part of a project to promote innovation in residential development in Hong Kong. The pavilion exhibited two apartment ‘building blocks’ or modules intended for use in the sustainable construction of multi-storey residential towers. The INTEGER organisation was commissioned to design an exhibition which would not only demonstrate sustainability but would also explain how new ideas could be used to raise the quality of the built environment. The INTEGER team decided that it was important to design and construct the pavilion itself using sustainability principles. The paper explains how this was achieved and how it took into account local conditions and local skills. The background to the project and the exhibition concept together with the engineering design concepts which were adopted in the design of the pavilion are also described. The end result was a dramatic addition to the Hong Kong Island waterfront at Tamar comprising a comprehensive multi-media exhibition and two apartments known as ‘flats of the future’. R. E. Slade, BSc, CEng, FIStructE WSP Cantor Seinuk, London R. Stephens, BEng, CEng, MIStructE Formerly of WSP Group, Hong Kong