Growing Up

Pavilion in sunset with sky in background and trees and water

Just as the process of growing trees requires good soil, so the process of growing culture requires a strong foundation of collective memories of the city. Growing Up captures everyday elements fundamental to Hong Kong, embedding and cultivating them within the fabric of a soon-to-be major arts and cultural center.

Growing Up
Hong Kong
2017 - 2019
1st Prize, Built
Structural Engineer
Victoria Janssens, Christoph Tritschler, BuroHappold Engineering; Simon Pickard
Roof Cladding Consultant
Evan Levelle, Front Inc.
Xu Liang Leon, Kris Provoost
Evelyn Ting, Paul Tse, Julian Wong
Pavilion in daylight with sky in background and trees along harbourfront
Pavilion structure in daylight with sky in background and trees along harbourfront
Pavilion structure in daylight with sky in background and trees and walkway in foreground
Inside view of Pavilion structure in daylight
Close up of the pavilion structure in daylight
Inside view of Pavilion roof structure in daylight with child playing
Close up view of Pavilion roof structure in daylight
Pavilion structure in daylight with buildings in background
Dimly lit pavilion structure in night time on the harbourfront
Pavilion Structure by the harbour front during the day
Pavilion Structure with harbour in the background
Pavilion in night time with sky in background
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A large sloped roof is supported by a series of timber columns that, like the seedlings in the adjacent nursery park, grow from an intimate human scale to the harbor scale. A stepped landscape below, reminiscent of the city’s hilly topography, provides both seating and stage for different activities. Despite its simple volume, each angle of the pavilion reveals a different sense of porosity, materiality, and scale. The north and south elevations are characterized by transparency, the surrounding trees a seamless backdrop between the pavilion’s slender columns. However, as one moves around and the columns overlap in perspective, the pavilion edge becomes more solid and frames the waterfront view. The pavilion appears the most dense from the east, the structure of the steps forming an intricate screen to accentuate the transition from park to waterfront. In contrast, an open gathering space and distinct profile emerges from the harbor.

Six characteristics of Hong Kong
Six fundamental characteristics of Hong Kong are translated into key aspects of the space and materiality of the pavilion - the narrow alleyways, scaffolding, hilly terrain, rain, the traditional Chinese roof, and the palm tree.
Elevation Render of Pavilion StructurePerspective Render of Pavilion Structure

Hidden amongst the towers are narrow alleyways, always producing dramatic one-point perspectives. The scaffolding intensifies the sense of repetition and density that characterizes Hong Kong. Throughout the city's hilly topography, steps are juxtaposed with programmatic objects, creating a unique landscape experience. Rain alters perceptions of sound, smell, and movement, and gives the city a cinematic quality. Weather can be considered as part of architecture, with rainy days as a meaningful part of growing. The solidity of traditional Chinese roofs is reinterpreted with light and transparent materials. Ubiquitous yet always out of place, palm trees function as symbols of calm from beaches to chaotic streets.

Long Elevation and Plan
Short Elevation
Site Plan
Roof Detail
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