Looking down on Hong Kong’s Central from the Victoria Peak, one could find that the city’s vertical fabric creates a wave of towers springing up from the sloping terrain down to the harbor front, spreads along the water edge as a belt of tightly woven texture. The slender towers, framed by land economy through demands of density, establish the city’s dominating typology, not only governing the urban skyline but also shaping daily urban and architectural experiences. Distinguished itself from other global cities, Hong Kong is unique in its urban form celebrating an aesthetic of density, while comprising a gigantic rhetoric of speculation for both transaction and consumption.

 

Responding to the theme on freespace of 2018 Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. The exhibition manifest innovation within constrains while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary from. 100 white tower model-base with infrastructures of 360mm square plan extrusion and structure of 2.0 meters in height, are open for the 100 exhibitors to re-define the typological, spatial and façade potential while maintaining the constrain of its envelope as a collective urban form.100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city.

 

By installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into the exhibition rooms in Venice, the Hong Kong exhibition illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s urban form. The exhibition provides a platform of dialogue with the world, shaping a discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture. And most importantly, the venue provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower typology beyond, incubating visions for vertical freespace facing global challenges in technology, environment, society and culture.

從太平山頂遠眺中環的維多利亞港,我們看見香港城市獨特的垂直織理,一波波起伏的塔樓如雨後春筍般的從地表冒出,如同緊密編織的肌理順著傾斜的山地延展到水岸,再沿著海岸線一路蔓延到灣仔銅鑼灣和北角。高密度要求的土地經濟形塑了這些細長的塔樓,形成主導香港都市形式的建築類型,塔樓不僅創造了香港的天際線,更進而成為主導我們對建築和都市的日常體驗。與其他的全球化都市相比,香港追求的土地效率塑造了一種密度的美學,形成了其獨一無二的都市形態,同時也暗示了形式背後的隱喻,一種巨大的交易和消費的投機修辭。

 

回應2018年威尼斯雙年展的主題“自由空間”,香港展館提出的“垂直肌理:密度的地景”,除了以一百座塔樓的模型,再現香港高密度的城市空間,更通過極度限制的塔樓的形式來探索自由空間的意義。展覽倡導限制的創新,在平常之中創造出不平常的非凡。策展人提供100座高度兩米36公分見方的塔樓模型基座,保持相同的外部尺寸作為一種都市集體形式,讓參展建築師在這個限制的基礎上,重新創造和定義塔樓的類型,包括空間形式和立面外形。我們邀請了香港和海外的100多位建築師參展,探討在高度限制的塔樓裡如何追求建築的“自由空間”,在香港垂直的城市空間中如何建立塔樓類型的建築論述。

 

威尼斯雙年展香港展館通過100多幢塔樓模型的配置,沿著室外庭院進入室內的大小展廳,展現緊湊變化的香港都市形態。展覽提供了香港與世界對話的平台,企圖建立一個關於香港都市主義和垂直建築的論述。最重要的是,展覽為建築師提供了一個挑戰常規塔樓設計的機會,期待培養出一種在全球化語境下,能應對技術、環境、社會和文化挑戰的垂直“自由空間”。

 

 

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape 

垂直肌理:密度的地景

100 towers 100 architects

100個建築師 100個塔樓

Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city. 100 white tower models of 2.0 meters in height are open for the 100 exhibitors to re-define the spatial potential while maintaining its envelope as a collective urban form. The exhibition manifests innovation within constrains while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary from. By installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into of exhibition rooms, the venue illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s urban form and provides a platform of dialogue with the world, shaping a discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture. It also provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower beyond, incubating visions when facing global challenges in technology, environment, and society.

2018威尼斯雙年展香港展館以“垂直肌理:密度的地景”為主題,透過一百座塔樓的模型再現香港高密度的城市空間,經由塔樓的形式探索自由空間的意義。展覽倡導限制的創新,在平常中創造出非凡。策展人提供100座兩米高的塔樓模型基座,保持相同的外部尺寸作為一種都市集體造形,參展建築師在這個限制的基礎上重新創造和定義塔樓的空間形式。策展邀請了香港和海外的100多位建築師,共同探討高度限制的塔樓如何追求建築的“自由空間”,在香港垂直的城市空間中如何建立塔樓類型的空間論述。通過100多幢塔樓模型的配置沿著庭院進入室內的大小展廳,展覽再現緊湊變化的香港都市形態,提供了一個香港與世界對話的平台,建立一個香港都市主義和垂直建築的論述。展覽更為建築師提供一個挑戰常規塔樓的設計機會,在全球化語境下提出能應對技術、環境、社會和文化挑戰的垂直“自由空間”。

 

 

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