Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lucky Coin in Hong Kong, China by 100architects
March 18th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: 100architects
This project is located in Hong Kong, next to the delta of the Pearl River in the public pier of Kowloon, facing Hong Kong Island.
The site is just besides multiple cultural venues such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Museum of Arts and the Hong Kong Space Museum among others.
This remarkable location consists on great advantage since provides amazing views to the Hong Kong Island while interacting with vibrant pedestrian flows and cultural venues of the surrounding area, becoming a point of great interest to tourists and passersby.
Facing this background, the project aims to incorporate a number of uses and functions to a well limited space. It proposes a wide range of programmatic uses that inject new functions and happenings, providing commercial and entertainment spaces as well as an internet hot point, continuously interacting with the virtual world.
This object plaza exhibits Hong Kong from itself, from its dense culture and intense way of living as well as creating a recognizable element for the masses. The project provides lively and culturally active area, with multiple use possibilities mixed and demarcated by small spatial differences.
It contains 10 different functions in 10 different platforms inserted as separate pieces perpendicularly circumscribed in the circular shape. It hosts a restaurant, a playground, green areas, dining area, event area, seating area, hammocks area among others.
Beside the commercial and entertainment functions, the project offers an intense stimulation by its appearance and colors. It is a landmark with a remarkable appearance and highly proprioceptive nature provoking an intense sensorial stimulation.
The concept of Lucky Coin is used as a link to the Chinese cultural traditional fortune symbol, since it has the shape of the traditional ancient Chinese coin, used under the Qing dynasty, widely used during the years 1644 and 1912.
The project represents it by the circular shape leaving a square space in the center, resembling the Chinese traditional coin. This space is the interception of all the functions, a highly adaptable space that articulates the different platforms and simultaneously serving as performance area.
The main materiality of the project is reinforced concrete painted yellow with yellow and pink painted wood deck platforms, painted aluminum recreative structures, rubber pavements and complemented with outdoor illumination systems as lamp sticks and aluminum parapets.
As a result, this project is a catalyst for various social dynamics, which relates the urban landscape to daily living, emphasizing characteristics of both. The spatial experience of performing multiple activities, gives a characteristic identity that makes this project a object of civic identity.
100architects is an architecture studio specialized in street architecture and urban interventions. It is constantly sharing and broadcasting public ideas for developing cities.
100architects was founded in January of 2013 in Shanghai, China by the architect Marcial Jesus (Chile) who soon invited Madalena Sales (Portugal) and Pablo Juica (Chile) to participate as the main co-founders. The main offices are located in Shanghai (China) and Santiago (Chile), however we experience high mobility; 100architects is not permanently attached to a specific ground.