Active Dates: August 2013 - September 2014
HKIA Annual Awards 2014: Special Architecture Award - Urban Design
Awardee: Wang Weijen Architecture
Principal Investigator: Weijen WANG
Exhibition Pavilions of Tsun Yip Street Park is an important urban node for public spaces illustrating industrial history of East Kowloon, bring together the urban activities of local residents and working communities with the cultural heritage of city. Being the first project launched under a series of urban catalysts proposed by the Urban Design Study of East Kowloon Industrial Heritage, the project re-use four industrial containers converting them into a sequence of urban pavilions for exhibiting industrial culture of the district. Working with existing urban fabrics and landscapes, the project not only link four pavilions with the pedestrian flow of the park, it also intends to kick-off the shaping of new types of small scaled urban spaces for the regeneration of East Kowloon Industrial District.
By converting four industrial containers into exhibition pavilions, the project demonstrates the design of adaptive reuse for public spaces in Hong Kong. Responding to the sequence of four exhibition programs: introduction/retrospective/ envisioning/prospective, four spatial experiences of passing through/meandering around/looking up/gazing into are introduced to illustrate the spirit of creation in Kowloon East Industrial Heritage. Through four different modes of opening up the container’s enclosure: pushing/sliding/rotating/lifting up, the design looks into different methods of operating display panels for enhancing the interaction between exhibition and audience, as well as exploring different types of transitional spaces between indoor and outdoor environments. The pavilion is designed for accommodating exhibition and leisure, community and culture, as well as public art and urban daily-life.
Through re-using old containers as well as re-designing an existing urban park, the project intends to develop strategies on sustainability for public spaces and public architecture of Hong Kong. By converting four abandoned containers into exhibition spaces, it demonstrates the material sustainability of design; by arranging exhibition spaces into semi-outdoors facilitating natural lighting and ventilation without using air-conditioning system, it demonstrate the ecological sustainability for public buildings; by the participation of locals and visitors integrating community identity with the urban culture , it demonstrate social sustainability for the design of our urban spaces.