Jonathan D Solomon wins AIA Hong Kong Merit Award
Ooi Botos Gallery, Designed by Assistant Professor Jonathan D Solomon, Wins AIA Hong Kong Merit Award for Interiors.
The owners of Ooi Botos Gallery sought a design that would be at once shocking and familiar, avant-garde and recognizable. Above all, the gallery had to be a functioning commercial space without being culturally generic or sterile. An important part of this challenge was the design of a fully opaque facade that shut the space entirely to the distraction of the gallery’s non-traditional site in the Wan Chai Wet Market, without turning it’s face away from the neighborhood. The Design accomplishes this by referencing recognizable urban idioms from the surrounding streets: the folding metal screens that shutter shops on the surrounding streets, and the curbside shrines that sit beside each building entry. The form was modeled digitally, and fabricated as a lightweight, fiberglass sheath.
For more information see: http://www.aiahk.org/award/2008/id2.php