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Play DVRC

PangArchitect + Burgos & Garrido Arquietectos + Hiraiwa Yoshiyuki + MVA + Vision Planning (Hong Kong)

Play DVRC

PangArchitect + Burgos & Garrido Arquietectos + Hiraiwa Yoshiyuki + MVA + Vision Planning (Hong Kong)

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Concept

Our proposal is to use a modularized system, reminiscent of scaffolding, to provide various platforms at DVRC, allowing the space to define itself and adapt to new circumstances over time.

DVRC is undefined and fluid. It is a chimera of urbanity, at once encapsulating the richness of Hong Kong’s history with its oldest shop and building footprints, and at the same time exuding and intoxicating glamour in its luxury consumerism and high finance. This simultaneity extends through layers of scales. Small stalls selling trinkets and household items in hidden alleys can be found on the same block as high fashion houses. Nameless buildings filled with small entrepreneurs are wedged between gleaming towers that house top banks, law firms, and doctor’s clinics.

The people of DVRC are constantly in flux, with an amazing rhythm that is defined by co-habitation and tolerance. On weekdays, the streets are filled with working men and women, those in suits and high heels walk side by side with manual laborer pushing heavy cart. On weekends, the western end quiets down into tranquil neighborhoods while the eastern and becomes an oasis of music, food, and games for domestic workers from abroad.

The challenge to reclaiming DVRC is to give meaning and definition to this place. It is not about clarifying, simplifying, untangling all its complexities and fluidities, but to provide opportunities where urban life, in all its complexities and fluidities, can be enacted.

This modulated system is flexible and user-friendly. It can quickly adapt to existing conditions, or it can become its own form for individual uses. It is easy to install or take apart. It can happen instantly at the spur of a moment by you and me or it can be built at an infrastructural scale by professional workers. It can be put up for a weekend, or it can be reinforced to meet statuary safety standards and stay for permanent public uses.

We propose a series of five nodes that highlight various special Moments along DVRC. The five nodes act as anchors along the DVRC, where the same modularized system takes forms that manifest the spatial and cultural qualities of each of these Moments. These Moments also define different ways in which DVRC penetrates, in the perpendicular, north-south direction, into the broader district, between the waterfront and the hillside.
Concept


Our proposal is to use a modularized system, reminiscent of scaffolding, to provide various platforms at DVRC, allowing the space to define itself and adapt to new circumstances over time.

DVRC is undefined and fluid. It is a chimera of urbanity, at once encapsulating the richness of Hong Kong’s history with its oldest shop and building footprints, and at the same time exuding and intoxicating glamour in its luxury consumerism and high finance. This simultaneity extends through layers of scales. Small stalls selling trinkets and household items in hidden alleys can be found on the same block as high fashion houses. Nameless buildings filled with small entrepreneurs are wedged between gleaming towers that house top banks, law firms, and doctor’s clinics.

The people of DVRC are constantly in flux, with an amazing rhythm that is defined by co-habitation and tolerance. On weekdays, the streets are filled with working men and women, those in suits and high heels walk side by side with manual laborer pushing heavy cart. On weekends, the western end quiets down into tranquil neighborhoods while the eastern and becomes an oasis of music, food, and games for domestic workers from abroad.

The challenge to reclaiming DVRC is to give meaning and definition to this place. It is not about clarifying, simplifying, untangling all its complexities and fluidities, but to provide opportunities where urban life, in all its complexities and fluidities, can be enacted.

This modulated system is flexible and user-friendly. It can quickly adapt to existing conditions, or it can become its own form for individual uses. It is easy to install or take apart. It can happen instantly at the spur of a moment by you and me or it can be built at an infrastructural scale by professional workers. It can be put up for a weekend, or it can be reinforced to meet statuary safety standards and stay for permanent public uses.

We propose a series of five nodes that highlight various special Moments along DVRC. The five nodes act as anchors along the DVRC, where the same modularized system takes forms that manifest the spatial and cultural qualities of each of these Moments. These Moments also define different ways in which DVRC penetrates, in the perpendicular, north-south direction, into the broader district, between the waterfront and the hillside.

Modular System Assembly

Our proposal is to use modularized system that can adapt to existing conditions, or become its own form for individual uses. Easy to install or take apart. Small stalls can be quickly constructed for immediate use.
Modular System Assembly
Our proposal is to use modularized system that can adapt to existing conditions, or become its own form for individual uses. Easy to install or take apart. Small stalls can be quickly constructed for immediate use.



Pulling People Together

WalkDVRC must pull together stakeholders groups to formulate and relationships between different groups to foster long term partnership. We have put together a proposal that cater to the different needs of the stakeholders in order to create an environment of Play, of encounter and dialogue among the different groups. Fostering circles of close relationships to encourage participation from all sectors in order to create the sense of ownership despite their differences.

Locals do not necessary want a green DVRC. Raised rent, gentrifications, altering identities of their neighbourhood are all legitimate concerns. Being sensitive to their needs and to propose schemes that they can benefit from would be able to get their endorsement for change. In our proposal, the Bazaar and the Lane proposal address their needs and provide them an opportunity to participate and benefit from PlayDVRC.

Art and Cultural groups can provide soft program in big and small scale. They are the key runner to keeping DVRC with dynamic and multifaceted street life. The small moments in our scheme are seeds that would generate life within pedestrianised DVRC.

The importance of getting private developers involved is create a long-term sustainability. They form part of the long-term vision for the project. The key is to provide a win-win incentive in return for their involvement to the project’s future goal. In our design, the Cross and the Link provide a solution on how we can provide a profitable solution to the developers while provide program and free space to realise our vision for DVRC.
Pulling People Together


WalkDVRC must pull together stakeholders groups to formulate and relationships between different groups to foster long term partnership. We have put together a proposal that cater to the different needs of the stakeholders in order to create an environment of Play, of encounter and dialogue among the different groups. Fostering circles of close relationships to encourage participation from all sectors in order to create the sense of ownership despite their differences.

Locals do not necessary want a green DVRC. Raised rent, gentrifications, altering identities of their neighbourhood are all legitimate concerns. Being sensitive to their needs and to propose schemes that they can benefit from would be able to get their endorsement for change. In our proposal, the Bazaar and the Lane proposal address their needs and provide them an opportunity to participate and benefit from PlayDVRC.

Art and Cultural groups can provide soft program in big and small scale. They are the key runner to keeping DVRC with dynamic and multifaceted street life. The small moments in our scheme are seeds that would generate life within pedestrianised DVRC.

The importance of getting private developers involved is create a long-term sustainability. They form part of the long-term vision for the project. The key is to provide a win-win incentive in return for their involvement to the project’s future goal. In our design, the Cross and the Link provide a solution on how we can provide a profitable solution to the developers while provide program and free space to realise our vision for DVRC.

Implementation

0. Current Situation


1. Permanent Nodes Integration


2. West Side Pedestrianisation


3. East Side Pedestrianisation


4. Middle-East Side Complete Pedetrianisation


5. DVRC Final Situation


Implementation

0. Current Situation


1. Permanent Nodes Integration


2. West Side Pedestrianisation


3. East Side Pedestrianisation


4. Middle-East Side Complete Pedetrianisation


5. DVRC Final Situation


About the Team

PangArchitect (PA) is a design practice based in Hong Kong. The office produces functional and original design solutions while embracing the unique qualities of each architectural problem. The dialogue between research and built forms provides balance between intellectual scrutiny and pragmatic solutions. Current and past projects include a student hostel, central library renovations for local universities, and concept designs of a 30-storey office tower. The firm is the recipient of a Special Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Green Building Award from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, and APIDA Top 10 Public Space in Asia Pacific for the renovation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s University Library, completed in 2013.

PangArchitect maintains a rigorous research agenda and situates academic research at the foundations of our design process. Major research initiatives include a commissioned study by M+ and an on-going project on modern Japanese master Shinohara Kazuo, funded by the Graham Foundation and the Japan Foundation and in collaboration with Washington University, the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos [BGA], founded by Francisco Burgos and Ginés Garrido, is a professionalized medium-size architecture office that works following well-established collaborative methods, developed over the last 16 years. A significant part of their work is dedicated to collective housing projects, always engaging with the context and incorporating innovative elements capable of creating a precise identity. Many of these projects have been awarded by prestigious organizations such as FAD and the Spanish Architecture Bienal. The office has focused their work on design, development and construction of public spaces, parks and urban planning, based on a social perspective and environmental sustainability. Madrid Rio has been awarded by the Harvard University with the XII Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, the world’s top prize in urban design.

The office has also developed projects of diverse scale in Russia, Switzerland, Australia and Latin-American countries. Currently, they are developing the project for the Extension of the Art Museum of Lima [MALI] in Peru, resulting from the competition they won in 2016 with over four hundred offices from fifteen countries participated.
About the Team
PangArchitect (PA) is a design practice based in Hong Kong. The office produces functional and original design solutions while embracing the unique qualities of each architectural problem. The dialogue between research and built forms provides balance between intellectual scrutiny and pragmatic solutions. Current and past projects include a student hostel, central library renovations for local universities, and concept designs of a 30-storey office tower. The firm is the recipient of a Special Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Green Building Award from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, and APIDA Top 10 Public Space in Asia Pacific for the renovation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s University Library, completed in 2013.

PangArchitect maintains a rigorous research agenda and situates academic research at the foundations of our design process. Major research initiatives include a commissioned study by M+ and an on-going project on modern Japanese master Shinohara Kazuo, funded by the Graham Foundation and the Japan Foundation and in collaboration with Washington University, the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos [BGA], founded by Francisco Burgos and Ginés Garrido, is a professionalized medium-size architecture office that works following well-established collaborative methods, developed over the last 16 years. A significant part of their work is dedicated to collective housing projects, always engaging with the context and incorporating innovative elements capable of creating a precise identity. Many of these projects have been awarded by prestigious organizations such as FAD and the Spanish Architecture Bienal. The office has focused their work on design, development and construction of public spaces, parks and urban planning, based on a social perspective and environmental sustainability. Madrid Rio has been awarded by the Harvard University with the XII Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, the world’s top prize in urban design.

The office has also developed projects of diverse scale in Russia, Switzerland, Australia and Latin-American countries. Currently, they are developing the project for the Extension of the Art Museum of Lima [MALI] in Peru, resulting from the competition they won in 2016 with over four hundred offices from fifteen countries participated.