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HKBCF Competition 2nd-Place Entry ‘Ephemeral Roof Exchange’
Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 |

Yesterday, we announced the Professional Group winners of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB)‧Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) International Design Ideas Competition. Following is the stunning proposal ‘Ephemeral Roof Exchange’ by Austrian architects Steven Ma Tze Chung, Wendy Fok Wei Yue and Dominik Strzelec that was awarded the Second Place in the competition’s Open Group.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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2nd Place in the HKBCF International Ideas Competition: Ephemeral Roof Exchange by Steven Ma Tze Chung, Wendy Fok Wei Yue and Dominik Strzelec (Austria)

Here’s a detailed project description we received from the architects:

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.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Aerial

Design Concept

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 fro the three points of entry, while establishing itself for future new developments in and around the area of the site.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Aerial Close-up

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 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.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Aerial Close-up

While the three different points of entry specifically pertain to advanced sustainable technology, specifically, Solar, Hydro and Piezoelectrical energy concepts, the aesthetics 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 equality as ephemeral, while physically acting as a transient pivotal terminal of spectacles exchange for the People of Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Perspective

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Perspective

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Perspective

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Perspective

Energy Concept

Three point energy collection points are each representational to the location and orientation of the site. The Solar Photovoltaic Louvres with a South Orientation is designed for the Hong Kong/ Kowloon exchange entrance that dually uses the natural heat and sun light from the Hong Kong and supporting area as the secondary energy source that is collected into the system of the energy roof system. A Hydro Collective System designed with humidity and rain water collectors recycles hydro-energy to provide a cooling system for the waiting guests locates itself within HK/Macao/Zhuhai Terminal. While the Piezoelectrical system is a self sustainable energy system embedded into the asphalt and landscaping throughout the site that recycles and reuses the evanescent nature of sound and vibrational energy collected from the numerous passing vehicles during the border crossing as a cast-off form of energy.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Interior

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Interior

Each energy system interrelates to a larger sphere which contributes and infiltrates throughout the site. Just like the iconic flower which grows from the soil of the motherland, the energy from the site harvests itself as a form innate energy that provides to the foundation of the site and future development of the exchange point. Essentially, energy would be collected from both roof and ground designed technologies.

The iconic nature of the design is developed hand-in-hand with a strong hold on sustainable concerns to strive into making this the most sustainable transportation exchange hub in the world.

HKBCF Competition 2nd Place Entry Ephemeral Roof Exchange

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Diagrams

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Patterns



Comments:
never
Friday, May 21, 2010
yeah. that will get built.
slowly the profession becomes one big gratuitous circle jerk.

ever?
Friday, May 21, 2010
You are right, but I am glad I don't share your sentiment. It might stop me from thinking up something new, and limited me to only the boring.

Jeffry Burchard
Boston, MA
Friday, May 21, 2010
I think it would be fair to say that the era of the fantastical rendering is upon us, disarmingly denying architecture's potential to perform in any tangible way other than "SHOCK AND AWE." The SHOCK instigated by the double take giving the realization that those are only meant to look LIKE the cacophony of textures and occurrences in nature and the AWE comes in the form of "Aw(e), shucks... if we can draw it then what the heck, it looks like nature so it must be nature, awe.... ain't it cute."

Cute.

matt
the abyss
Friday, May 21, 2010
new for the sake of new isn't architecture. crazy forms aren't architecture. i think it might be a bit optimistic but we will soon be entering the 'anti-Shock and Awe' era... where architecture will be returned to its true essence as a connection between man and built-world. I think this new-revolution will also be expediated by the economic recession and the fact that nobody except for a massive government like China would be willing to undertake any project like this (or any of the other mega-schemes) developed purely on form and excess because we can.

Louis Ortega
NYC
Friday, May 21, 2010
Looks like chinese plagiarism of old Hadid and Coop Himmelblau designs including the infamous gravity well and their Grashopper scripts. Looks fancy but is just ruminated boredom. The rate of female genitals in the design links to a designer which got stuck in puberty or suffers on restrained sexuallity. This is in fact the only mentionable part for this lame, uninspired architecturally non relevant proposal. Go and see a headshrinker!

antiobject
vienna
Friday, May 21, 2010
Louis Ortega, why don't you go back to playing counter strike and stop hating on people who have more talent and vision than you. GG

notyourchinese
Friday, May 21, 2010
wait what? Louis, what do you mean Chinese plagiarism? these are by Austrian Architects !

wtf...

notyour
Friday, May 21, 2010
wait what? Louis, what Chinese plagiarism? These guys are Austrian Architects!

wtf ...

martin
berlin
Friday, May 21, 2010
Well......yes..........Ma, Chung, Yue and Fok are typical names in Austria, just like Berger.......Austrian Architects!........come on.......Notyourchinese........

racistwhitemale
Saturday, May 22, 2010
hey martin i see you are from berlin, should you really be having such comments on racial issues

Neil
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This is not some chatroom guys... the point of this is so everyone has a right to comment on the project... so don't get personal or defensive!!

Very nice pictures, but a weak (and oh yes, plagiarised) design that makes no sense...

Let's establish that these guys have ambition (not the same as vision), are talented in CG, scriptors, graphic layouts...

But sadly not architecture (at least in this case, and let's admit it).... Images are nice, But nice images sadly don't do it for me anyway (we have too much of these nowadays).

notyourchinese
Saturday, May 22, 2010
martin - well that depends if you're going to make it a racial issue. chinese people from china? or chinese people who are not from china? google up those names and it appears that they spend most of their architectural lives in the US, Austria, etc.

ALSO, why is it called Chinese plagiarism? why is it a racial/ethnic/nationality thing for plagiarism to exist here? and why is it attached to these individuals when there is a non-Chinese name in the group?

Neil - i don't mean to be a nuisance here, but it's people like martin and Louis who screw it all up for everybody on the net by making racial comments like these. I'm not Chinese, but careless ( and frankly, idiotic ) comments like these are one of the reasons why more and more people hates the tighty-whitieys.

seij
Saturday, May 22, 2010
nice roof..

i bet it floats with magical powers

mani
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'm sure these guy knows what they are doing structurally =P

JAir IBarra
Mexico
Sunday, May 23, 2010
12 large comments about a 2nd place.
I really trust Inteligence happens, but at least this forums should serve to increase knowledge and held the emerging architecture, not for useless argues about non-wining projects

Erik Van Belleghem
Gent Belgium
Monday, May 24, 2010
Hello architects,
have you forgotten Finsterlin and other expressionist architects?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajourneyroundmyskull/3782777321/

Jordan
VA
Monday, May 24, 2010
Blobitecture

eric
LA
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Stop hating. thats why these sites suck. everyone is a hater.

Xx
LA
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
18 comment posted...haven't seen that for a while...this project is making some noise!!!!

bencep
studio01
Thursday, May 27, 2010
i someway one could say that the discussion among these 18the posts reflects the qualities of the project. 1. it is emotionally loaded , so it fits within the whole seduction/aesthetic discurs of certain contemporary figures 2.fuzzy meaning there is no real dialog between parts of the project or posters here. 3. as a result of a non connectivity or miss communication the project falls apart and is also not able to trigger even an intersting discussion.

spiderman
Hong Kong
Friday, May 28, 2010
Living and working in Hong Kong and China as a foreigner let me point the finger not at the design only, its the judge here. Judges here in HK and China get wowed by such proposals easily, where all is about pretty pictures in the first stage. The proposal not won, because they know the cost and the final product will never get that finish here in Asia. So its like ...HK officials want to dream sometimes about things, even they have learnt already, at the end of the day - its about money.

please guys look up the wining proposal for the west kowloon art district here in HK by Norman Foster..... pretty pictures like above are seen everywhere here >check out CRYSTAL CG

the computer handles all forms for that new young generation here and abroad ( so its not about chinese only), but most of them not really understand the complexity of the space their tools can produce, ZAHA and friends worked for that understanding long time, and I believe, she knows her forms, even without computer support. Thats the different to the young computer driven generation, they need the tools to understand their created space.

mikatoa
Friday, May 28, 2010
Great work ppl. Not structurally impposible. I say keep pushing it. And No it doesnt belong to Zaha.

Jack
Sunday, June 06, 2010
what's it made out of?

kanye
Sunday, June 20, 2010
if anyone actually took the time to study the diagrams, you'd see they are using "BIO-LUMINUM" for the roof. so you can all STFU, cause that stuff is even more rad then unobtanium!

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