Wendy W Fok, of WE-DESIGNS.ORG, with Steven Ma & Dominik Strzelec, has won Second Place for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Hong Kong Bridge Facilities International Competition for the Open Group.
Transient and ephemeral by nature and aesthetics, the transitional energy “ephemeral roof exchange” represents the trilateral relationship between the borders of Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai, where the iconic design becomes a symbol of the intermediary relation between land and sky.
Bringing together a fusion of technological, economical, and cultural entities, and combining a public free space into a unified secure zone between Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai, the “ephemeral roof exchange” becomes an interactive connection point and node which extends its use as a pivotal point of interaction for the three points of entry, while establishing itself for future new developments in and around the area of the site.
Through readapting the original site, the three-point access system creates an entry diversion that is iconic from the aerial perspective—for the viewing pleasure of visitors arriving into and departing from the Fosters designed airport—while, in parallel, delivers an architectural phenomena and dramatic arrival through the each monumental entry and departure exchange points of the site. The formal dispatch of the design is inspired by the iconic and indigenous Bauhinia blakeana of Hong Kong, which subsequently sets a stage for future thematic conception for the HKBCF in further design development of the facilities for Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai developmental area.
While the three different points of entry specifically pertain to advanced sustainable technology, specifically, Solar, Hydro and Piezoelectrical energy concepts, the aesthetic tribulation spawns from the physical qualities of elegance, lightness, and patterning, where the edges of the dynamic roof system aesthetically feathers out into the clouds, and floats into the spectrum of the horizon. The roof system dually offers itself like a mirage of a watering-hole in the vast desert that is equally as ephemeral, while physically acting as a transient pivotal terminal of spectacle exchange for the People of Hong Kong, Macao, and Zhuhai.
Courtesy of: WE-DESIGNS.ORG Team: Steven Ma, Wendy W Fok, Dominic Szerlec Award: 2nd Place, Open Group