Gold-hued multi-function space enlivens waterfrontLocal | 6 Nov 2019 6:37 pm
A golden-hued installation made up of a floating balloon and a cube, representing a kiosk, an outdoor seating area, and an event space, distinct from the retail and commercial spaces at the waterfront, has opened at the waterfront in front of K11 MUSEA.
The KUBE, was designed by OMA / David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas, and was commissioned by K11 Group founder Adrian Cheng.
David Gianotten, OMA Managing Partner, architect, said it is a multi-functional installation to connect people visiting K11 MUSEA and passers-by.
The golden cube houses the artisan coffee brewer Arabica.
Its anodised aluminium finish changes colors when it reflects light.
The golden cube is accompanied with a set of stone cubes that serve as outdoor chairs and tables, configured in such a way to encourage serendipitous conversations between visitors.
The setting creates possibilities for different events — such as outdoor performances with a harbourview — to inject cultural programs into K11 MUSEA and Victoria Dockside, the city’s latest art and design neighborhood.
For special events, a giant red balloon, visible from across the Victoria Harbour, is installed as a “city canopy” to gather all participants under the same roof, and as an “urban pin” to mark the KUBE as a place in the city for inspiring encounters.
K11 MUSEA is a collective effort of 100 architects, artists, designers and other creative talents.
“In creating K11 MUSEA, we have worked with 100 creative talents to propagate culture and inject inspiring content into the new consumer’s daily life. What David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas’ KUBE adds to K11 MUSEA is therefore more than an iconic OMA feature, but a symbolic space that explores Hong Kong’s waterfront culture, coffee culture and a new way to become part of a larger community,” says Adrian Cheng, K11 Group Founder.
The project is led by David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas and Ken Fung. Photo: Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA