Project: Aqua Industry
Designed by eskyiu
Lead Designers/Architects: Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu
Research and Concepts: Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, ARUP
Project team: Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu, Fanny Sze, Eskyiu
Project consultant: Ricky Tsui, ARUP
Landscape support/ advisors: LCSD and Michael Yuen
Location: P01, HK Biennale at Kowloon Park, Hong Kong, China
Commissioned by the 2011-2012 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture the state-of-the-art Aqua Industry design is work of eskyiu. See more of the project along with architects description:
From the Architects:
Aqua Industry [水活工業] is a site specific installation at the water fountain of the Kowloon Park, Hong Kong, commissioned by the 2011-2012 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture. Under the curatorial theme of “TRI-CIPROCAL CITIES: THE TIME, THE PLACE, THE PEOPLE” (三相城市： 時間 ‧ 空間 ‧ 人間), the installation is an abstract model representing the future of living, promoting water based industries, fishing communities and diversity. Within the context of the Kowloon Park fountain, the sculptural model’s elemental form, aquatic plants and conceptual fishing reefs enhance and respond to the nature, light, water and temperature in a continuous subtle state of flux.
Life Aquatic habitats [水活家] is a series of localized prototypes and social sustainability models demonstrating mixed-used living, leisure, and work strategies. Each building type offers and represents key ideas that deal with material and environmental innovation responding to microclimates, infrastructural systems, and integrated urbanism in order to build social communities with a high population density into existing waterfronts and urban fabrics.
This investigation explores the transformation of culturally significant sites into new prototypes for built form that have a dynamic relationship to their environment. The installation relates to the curatorial theme of “in-between times, spaces, and peoples” by rethinking the role of water ecologies, fishing communities, and maritime dynamics for a socially sustainable future housing strategy for high-density living. In anticipating the need for an updated model of living for the city, our research and design work incorporates an ecological and cultural approach for development. Combining traditional social networks with a specific local sensibility, this soft and fluid urban infrastructure strategy will transform Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta, and Mainland China by forming both tangible and conceptual links between our past and future. This project demonstrates that architecture and the city dynamically and intricately create relationships through urban transformations, social spaces, and people by bringing elements from the natural environment directly into the housing units and shared public spaces.