- 1999. Studenten:
Alkanoglu, Volkan • Beer, Nicole • Lorenz, Julia
- Projekt im Hauptstudium
- Prof. Günter Zamp Kelp
a new center for hong kong
•all •cars •monorail •mtr •pedestrians •walkways •watertaxies
working on the cultural fringe - 5 conceptual thoughts about the project:
- not just another skyscraper:
the newly reclaimed land is going to be a last reclamation, a "fringe" for downtown hong kong island:
we belive that any further development directing towards kowloon would seriously harm hong kong's flair.
therefore there should not be a continuation of the existing skyscaper grid but a built environment of non -additive character.
- a new landmark for hong kong:
the prominent site of the area of reclamation requires a strong feature, a new sight of identification.
- learning from hong kong
the project wants to profit from the positive characteristics of hong kong and on the other hand offer space to compensate its deficits:
hong kong is a vibrant financial metropolis with the colourful contrasts of vivid urban life. we considere the existing dense juxtaposition of different lifestyles extraordinarily inspiring.
nevertheless, as the city is extremely money- focussed it shows a lack of non- commercial culture.
reinforced by the scarcity of land this leads to a deficit of open meeting spaces, squares and public parks.
- taking these facts into account the project targets easy public accessibility and preferential treatment of average citizens.
for that reason the programmatical use of the new area does not cover banks, malls or offices!
but fosters spaces for the arts, cultural purposes and recreation.
- in a core part of the new city center the hong kong goverment finds its seat. the governmental facilities will retain the open character of the district being accompanied by "cultural embassies" ( a combination of embassies and cultural centers) of the neighbouring asian countries. this will bring the multicultural potential of hong kong to play a role in downtown city life
•government •lodging •media •parks •performing arts •sports •temple district
the dragon bodies form a landscape of overlapping and interlacing shape.
the allocation of programmatically related areas reverberates the initial idea of the land's origin by assembling to tail-like ribbons.
the overlapping of these ribbons form 'knots', which act as reinforcement of the topographical structure as well as the programmatical and serve as points of orientation.
another element, which has a second structural impact is the monorail tram, which loops the reclaimed land and eventually plugs into the existing public transport system.
›› Dept of Architecture Hong Kong University (expired path ../courses/design4)
›› SOArchitecture PrincetonU New Jersey
›› Wydziat Architectury Politechniki Warszawskiej Warszaw
Hong Kong is an expanding city requiring space. the mountain ridge in the backyard of the skyline hinders the city´s expansion. this natural barrier stands in contrast to the increasing/growing need of space for housing and offices. our design project bases on this fact.
at the waterfront, between Starferry and the new congress centre, land will be reclaimed. a new town centre will be developed there, that refers to the city's new role as part of the People´s Republic of China. therefore mainly administrative and cultural facilities will be placed in this area.
although Hong Kong is situated at the water, the urban situation does not refer to these circumstances. therefore one of the project`s issues is to incorporate tht quality of the waterline into the urban living.
the relation of functional density and quality of urban space expresses the main issue for this new district.
another point is to integrate other facilities besides the administrative and cultural buildings to increase the attractiveness of the area.
continuous exchange and discussion between the participants in Hong Kong, Warszaw and Berlin will take place via internet.