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Metro Park: A New Waterfront Experience

Landscape Design Studio III B (2014-15)


This studio was based on the proposed Metro, part of a larger masterplan for the Kowloon East development. The park is about to bring a new waterfront experience for both the people of Hong Kong and its visitors. Located next to a proposed ‘sports hub’, the park has a unique physical setting, with Kwun Tong typhoon shelter on one side and Victoria Harbor on the other. Linear in form, the park is intended to be a large open space that is well -connected both with the sports hub and the commercial and residential development surrounding the area and the cruise terminal beyond. Being located on the old Kai Tak Hong Kong airport runway site, the park needs to address a series of issues – from potentially contaminated ground to water-edge conditions and connectivity to the city. A key challenge for students, apart from addressing the above issues, was how to define the role of an urban park for a city as dense as Hong Kong. A critical response to this question played a key role in development of students’ projects. The studio represented the culmination of a process where the students were required to understand two extremes of scale – the body and immediate experience, and city and the territory, and subsequently to combine the two together through sensitive design intervention. Furthermore the course aimed to develop a reflexive process of self-critique and independent design thinking among students.

Enlarge Photo: Research and site design<br />
LOU Bingjie
Enlarge Photo: Research and site design<br />
LOU Bingjie
Enlarge Photo: Drawings and models<br />
LOU Bingjie
Enlarge Photo: Drawings and models<br />
LOU Bingjie
Enlarge Photo: Drawings and models<br />
Cecilia MAK Nga Sze
Enlarge Photo: Drawings and models<br />
Cecilia MAK Nga Sze
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE