- 1999. Studenten:
- Projekt im Hauptstudium
- Prof. Günter Zamp Kelp
a new center for hong kong
ANALYSIS OF HONG-KONG
Hong-Kong now being part of China has made the city lose some of ist strategic importance.
Even more so with finance gradually being taken over by the city of Shanghai. There is a need for a new self-confident image for Hong-Kong.
In pursuit of new sources of income Hong-Kong is going for tourism. Disney has therefor been invited to negotiations about a themepark for the city. The re is also a new airport, the Chek Lap Kok, which is planned to handle an estimated 35 million passengers a year.
Hong-Kong is the worlds third largest filmproducing town following Los Angeles and Bombay. Hollywood, Bollywood and thus Cantowood. Hong-Kong movies, like the chinese art-house movies, are gaining greater popularity also in the rest of the world. Filmmakers and moviestars from Hong-Kong, and from the rest of China, are being internationally awarded. The merge between Hong-Kong and China, and the worlds increasing interest in filmmaking from the region, offer great potential for strengthening and developping Hong-Kongs position as filmmaking city.
Rents in Hong-Kong are high and the buildings are tall. The city is dense and has little open space. Its space is levelled horisontally by the infrastructure, subways and roads and elevated pedestrian walkways, and it is vertically divided by buildings . The tall buildings create standing layers and make the city appear vertical.
CONCEPT FOR HONG-KONG
We are creating a new image and a landmark for the city of Hong-Kong. A landmark as that of the letters of Hollywood for Los Angeles and that of the Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Pyramides for Kairo and the Leaning Tower for Pisa. And an image which contains the former Hong-Kong under British rule as well as Hong-Kong under Chinese rule and which is also appealing to tourists. A Cantowood image.
Instead of importing American Disney World we want to use the potential of the moviemaking in Hong-Kong, and elsewhere in China, to make Hong-Kong an even greater filmmetropole. Therefor, we have situated the world of Cantowood in huge bubbles. The bubbles contain a Cantowood themepark accompanied by restaurants and nightlife, studio locations, offices for the Cantowood filmindustry and a filmresearchcenter
The bubbles climb onto land from the water and spread out over goverment buildings, malls, hotels, office buildings etc. They are air suspended, and made with a pneumatic hull-construction of a special translucent rubber covered fabric. Their surfaces have a Liquid Crystal layering where pictures from movie scenes come forth and go back, changing with temperature. A hot day in Cantowood Hong-Kong is a "Wong Kar Wei-day".
The bubbles contrast Hong-Kong to shape and to content. Changing versus fixed, floating versus standing, organic versus geometric, fiction and the production of fiction versus reality and the production of reality.
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›› 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.