Located on the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, ‘Growing Up’ is the winning design in the first Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition. It offers stunning harbour and sunset views as well as a space for leisure and relaxation.
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 capture everyday elements fundamental to Hong Kong, embedding and cultivating them within the fabric of a soon-to-be major arts and cultural centre.
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 harbour 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 characterised 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 densest from the east, the structure of the steps forming and intricate screen to accentuate the transition from park to waterfront. In contrast, an open gathering space and distinct profile emerges from the harbour. The pavilion’s multifaceted character truly reflects the rich diversity of Hong Kong.