A new exhibition showcasing Hong Kong’s achievements in urban design and orchestrating a matrix of “past meets future” and “East meets West” opened at the Choi Center in Beijing on Tuesday.
As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the Beyond territories – Made, Make, Making The exhibition organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects aims to give mainlanders more opportunities to learn more about Hong Kong people and how they created a city with a uniquely dense and diverse aesthetic.
The “significant exhibition, telling the great story of Hong Kong’s architects” will allow mainlanders to “celebrate together the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” through a series of inspiring architectural designs exploring the people and Hong Kong’s diversity and savoring the city’s enduring spirit and unique landscape, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said in a pre-recorded video at the opening.
He believes “the living environment of Hong Kong residents can be better” with the support of the motherland and the central government.
According to the curators of the exhibition, given the city’s diverse culture and rich traditions, architects in Hong Kong have always aspired to create a sustainable city and strived to bridge the gap between the past and the future. using their expertise and paying particular attention to heritage conservation practices while also considering technological innovation.
Each of the three sections – Made, Make and Making – allows visitors to experience the rich history, essence and heritage of Hong Kong, the local creativity and imagination that has emerged from “every street and lane”, and how contemporary cities focus on possibilities. that lead to innovation and new foundations.
Among the exhibits is Street Scene Dream, which is designed as a presentation of radically distinct shapes and layers through time.
Like the rings inside a tree, miles of skyline radiates energy from different eras in Hong Kong’s history while bringing viewers into a rapid-fire view of an immersive world, transforming a sleepwalker in a sweet dream.
An innovative and creative design on display is the musical faucet, which is equipped with a linear array of 13 spouts.
The artwork may remind some visitors of the traditional Chinese stringed musical instrument known as the guzheng, or the Chinese plucked zither.
The faucet is therefore reassembled into an architectural guzheng through the use of various materials and fittings.
“This is the first time that Hong Kong’s architectural industry has hosted such a large-scale exhibition in Beijing,” HKSAR Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Yeung Yun-hung said in a video. , adding that he hopes for more and more exchanges. events will take place in the future.
“It allows us to see the wonderful works created by the many talented architects, designers and artists who have really encouraged us.
They succeeded in showing the unique beauty of Hong Kong in the past, present and future.
Through the exhibition, we hope to stimulate everyone’s imagination as well as concern for the well-being of the local and global environment, and further demonstrate the diverse contributions of architects to our daily lives,” said architect Lim Wan-fung, one of the conservatives, in Beijing on Tuesday.
The exhibition in Beijing will last until October 5.