The Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design Ltd. (LEAD) is an international, multiple award-winning architecture design and research practice based in Hong Kong. Founded in 2011 by Kristof Crolla 高仕棠, LEAD specialises in the production of highly innovative and bespoke design solutions for projects of a wide range of scale and programme. From Art Installation and Interior Design to Architecture and Urban Interventions, each project is given unique value and challenges convention through a combination of craftsmanship, materiality, and latest design and construction technologies.

LEAD’s portfolio highlights innovation as integral to our practice. We extend our clients’ ambitions to produce ground-breaking work by balancing the experimental and the visionary, the practical and the pragmatic. This is made possible through collaborations with world-leading specialists and consultants in engineering, construction, and fabrication with whom we transform constraints and preconceptions to opportunities to challenge the status quo.

LEAD’s design work is widely published and has gained recognition through numerous local and international awards and distinctions. Combined with honours received for research by Kristof Crolla at the Building Simplexity Lab at the University of Hong Kong, these accolades include the G-Mark (Tokyo), Architizer Awards (New York), World Architectural Festival Award (Berlin), and the Golden Pin Design Award (Taiwan).