Category Archives: Design

Golden Moon (2012, Hong Kong)

Kristof Crolla, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, was co-designer of the Golden Moon. Three of his associates, Dannes Kok, Kenneth Cheung & Yi Sa Chan are HKU alumni and students.

The Golden Moon is a temporary architectural structure that explores how Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive public event space. It is the 2012 Gold Award winning entry for the Lantern Wonderland design competition organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board for the Mid-Autumn Festival and is in display for 6 days in Victoria Park.

The Golden Moon revisits the traditional Chinese lantern and makes a direct link to the legend of Chang’e – the Moon Goddess of Immortality – whose story is strongly associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. The flames, colours and patterns symbolise the passionate love burning between Chang’e and her husband Houyi – the legendary archer – who are reunited on the moon on that day. A light-weight steel geodesic dome forms the pavilion’s primary structure. Using traditional bamboo scaffolding techniques, bamboo is bent around this geodesic dome to form the secondary structure. This is then clad with stretch fabric flames, all lit up by animated LED lights.

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DATES | 27 September 2012 to 2 October 2012

LOCATION | Victoria Park, Football Pitch 1, Hong Kong

COMPETITION DESIGN | Kristof Crolla & Adam Fingrut

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM | Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange, Dannes Kok, Kenneth Cheung and Yi Sa Chan of LEAD, with Nicholas Benner, Chris Lee (Anthropods Associates Ltd.), Paulina Lau (APT Engineering Consultant Ltd.)

CONSTRUCTION | Free Form Construction Co. Ltd. (Main Contractor), Fonkwang Development Ltd. & Guangzhou Shipyard Company Ltd. (Steel), Wing Yick Scaffolders (Bamboo), Wings Design Production Ltd. (Fabric), LED Artist (LED)


SPECIAL THANKS TO | Mason Hung, Helen Chiu, Joanne Poon, Rob May, Matthew Melnyk, Martin Riese, Andrew Reid, Jay Forster, Kevin Ng.


Counterpart Cities – Climate Change and Cooperative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Counterpart Cities – Climate Change and Cooperative Action in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Working under a grant from the Hong Kong Government’s Environmental Conservation Fund, Assistant Professors Jonathan Solomon and Dorothy Tang are curating the exhibition Counterpart Cities for the Shenzhen Biennale in December 2011 and a traveling exhibit in Hong Kong in 2012. Intended to raise awareness locally and internationally of the challenges and opportunities that climate change and human intervention will bring to the already unique ecology of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen region, Counterpart Cities brings together six designers from both cities to lead multidisciplinary teams to research challenges and propose solutions to systemic changes in the freshwater infrastructure, shore ecology, and port systems of the two cities. Arup Hong Kong is a Research Partner on the project. Participating designers from the Faculty of Architecture include Assistant Professor Stefan Al from the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Assistant Professor Vincci Mak from the Division of Landscape Architecture, and Associate Professor Tom Verebes from the Department of Architecture.

Counterpart Cities design workshop kickoff at Arup Hong Kong:

You might also note our two public reviews and the opening date. We’ll have jurors for the reviews confirmed shortly:

Counterpart Cities Workshop Mid-Review: 17 Sep 10am-5pm. Node Office, Shenzhen

Counterpart Cities Workshop Final Review: 05 Oct 10am-5pm. Room KB318, HKU

Counterpart Cities Exhibit Opening: 08 Dec. Shenzhen Biennale, Shenzhen

The Community Project Workshop (CPW) at Faculty of Architecture completes project “Wong Uk”

The Community Project Workshop (CPW) at the Faculty of Architecture completes a project called “Wong Uk”

The Community Project Workshop (CPW) has completed a submission to the HKSAR Revitalization Scheme Batch II for a non-profit organization, ADPL, in December 2009. The Division of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Architecture collaborated on developing a scheme for the existing “Wong Uk” site in Shatin, in which an organic farm is proposed to promote healthy lifestyle in the urban area.

The scheme calls for the preservation of the historical building “Wong Uk” on site, as well as the restoration of the outline of the coast by creating a water feature aligned to the site’s original coastline. There are also education components and catering facilities to the organic farm, both are making use of the existing slopes to create inhabitable interior spaces as well as
green roofs. Other proposed programmes include a horticulture therapy garden as well as farm allotments for rental.

Qinmo Village School Project nears Completion

Designed by Assistant Professor John Lin, the Qinmo Village School Project is nearing completion with the recent construction of the library interior. Initiated in 2006 as part of a design workshop to re-think the standard three-storey concrete buildings which are typically donated as schools in rural areas of China, the design stresses sustainability and ecological responsibility. Today, the full scope of the work involves seven different projects which are funded individually by charitable organizations from Hong Kong. Every building project is coupled with a program initiative that emphasizes the education of villagers, whether it is through a school roof garden as an alternative teaching facility or the demonstration eco-household farm.