Across the Sky
** Explanatory Statement Provided by Competition Participants
Across the sky, it is the sunshine, rainbow and birds, the nature, up in the sky.
We would like to bring the concept of sky and nature to the underground development. Unlike any other deadly, confined underground space, which totally segregates from the ground, nature is allowed to extend from the aboveground park to the underground through the use of natural elements like plants and waterfalls. It stretches the leisure space more widely and deeply, differing itself from a typical park.
Featured spaces all locate on the central axis. They drive the circulation in the park and provide multi-sensory, comfortable spatial experiences to the public.
Near Haiphong Road Entrance where more valuable trees are found, funnel-shaped planters are used to signify these trees while allowing them to keep growing. It provides alternative perspectives to appreciate the nature. New trees would also be planted in some smaller planters to create contrast and make the public aware of the time needed for a tree to grow big and strong, raising the public awareness of tree conservation.
And then, the central ramp, which smoothens out the topography, introduces sunlight and water, the fundamental needs of plants, to nurture the space. Plants and water also cool the space and enhance the walking experience.
Towards the swimming pool side, the sunken plaza provides explorative caves as another entrances to the underground space.
Other proposed functions of the underground space include:
- Air-raid Precaution Tunnels (North) – In-between space as Sports Venue
- Air-raid Precaution Tunnels (West) – Historic Heritage Site
- Near Nathan Road (East) – Public Library and Cultural Creative Space
The underground space is to be connected with all three nearby MTR stations, as well as all immediate roads. Most of the routes are also barrier-free access routes, which encourage more public users to enjoy the new public space.
Names of Awardee
- CHONG, Yuk Lun Allan
- WU, King Tim