West Kowloon Competition Pavilion | Interview with the winning team
Winning design: ‘Growing Up’ by New Office Works (Paul Tse Yi-pong and Evelyn Ting Huei-chung)
Design Statement: 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’ captures everyday elements fundamental to Hong Kong, embedding and cultivating them within the fabric of a soon-to-be major arts and cultural centre. While nurseries cultivate plants to be transplanted elsewhere, ‘Growing Up’ transplants fragments of the city to cultivate them within the cultural district.
Paul Tse Yi-pong
Paul Tse is Co-founder of New Office Works (NOW) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to NOW, he worked at Adjaye Associates in London as a project lead for various cultural and commercial projects and played a key role in establishing Adjaye’s office in Shanghai. He has also worked at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in New York, MAD in Beijing. Paul obtained a Master of Architecture degree from RMIT University in Melbourne and a Master degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he was awarded the Honour Award for Excellence in Design.
Evelyn Ting Huei-chung
Evelyn Ting is Co-founder of NOW and a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Master of Architecture from MIT and her B.A in Architecture at Columbia University. She was the recipient of two full-tuition merit scholarships during her studies at MIT, and a Council of the Arts grant to build a lightweight pavilion in 2014. She was a teaching assistant for MIT’s Core III design studio, and was part of the curatorial team for the U.S pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. She has previously worked at Ensamble Studio in Madrid and Approach Architecture Studio in Beijing. An avid writer, she has also worked in an editorial capacity on numerous publications, and has been published in Log, Fulcrum, Hinge, and San Rocco.
Built on a waterfront location at West Kowloon, ‘Growing Up’ by New Office Works is the winning pavilion design in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition.
‘Growing Up’ is inspired by the growth of trees in the surrounding park environment and captures everyday elements fundamental to Hong Kong. This timber structure is a spectacular public space for small events, and you are welcome to chill out and relax here.