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Wander and Wonder

HASSELL Studio + We Made That
(Australia)

A new landscape narrative of people and place for Hong Kong.
A green corridor. A bountiful course.
A selection of characters re-imagined – dotted and dashed down De Voeux.
This is a new way of seeing. An old way of feeling.
An intersection of culture and nature, history and experiences.
The human soul seeks identity. Here we reclaim. We reform.
A new breathing space for Hong Kong life.
Sensory. Significant. Free range. Open.

Wander and Wonder

HASSELL Studio + We Made That
(Australia)
A new landscape narrative of people and place for Hong Kong.
A green corridor. A bountiful course.
A selection of characters re-imagined – dotted and dashed down De Voeux.
This is a new way of seeing. An old way of feeling.
An intersection of culture and nature, history and experiences.
The human soul seeks identity. Here we reclaim. We reform.
A new breathing space for Hong Kong life.
Sensory. Significant. Free range. Open.

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The Evolution of Des Voeux Road Central and the Change in Walkability

The Praya (1870)
Promenade the waterfront. Cobbled stones underfoot.
A deep shaded colonnade traces the edge.
A gentle morning breeze, the sounds of the harbour drift in.
The two-sided street (1890)
The hustle and bustle of the market place. Pedestrians and rickshaws move along the street, coming and going, children stop and play.
A gentle breeze. Above, banners and blinds flutter.
Ding-Ding (1904)
Pedestrians move along the colonnade in the deep shade.
Above neon signage and banners compete for space, casting abstract shapes and shadows onto the street below.
Cars pass and rickshaws stop - waiting, pedestrians cross, the trams rumble by.
The neon jungle (1960)
High above the street - disorder - a kaleidoscope of colour. Theatrical, multi-layered facades and street edges. Awnings, blinds and signage cascade.
Beneath the neon constellation - pedestrians, cars, buses and trams mingle - happily.
The transit route (2018)
“The environment is hostile to pedestrians who are squeezed into the narrow sidewalks” (Walk DVRC brief).
The street is noisy, clogged with buses and traffic congestion. The pedestrian experience is defined by layers of frustrating barriers and obstructions.
The future. Here we reclaim, we reform
Walk DVRC, stroll DVRC beneath the shady green bowers of the floating garden, immersed in the beauty of the exuberant planting hovering above. Feel and smell the freshness. Dappled shadows carpet the pavement.
Wandering and wondering - along, across, up and down, in and out, over. Echoing visions of a bygone era, the luxury of space in the crowded city.
A new breathing space for Hong Kong life.
Sensory. Significant. Free range.
Open.
The Evolution of Des Voeux Road Central and the Change in Walkability
The Praya (1870)
Promenade the waterfront. Cobbled stones underfoot.
A deep shaded colonnade traces the edge.
A gentle morning breeze, the sounds of the harbour drift in.
The two-sided street (1890)
The hustle and bustle of the market place. Pedestrians and rickshaws move along the street, coming and going, children stop and play.
A gentle breeze. Above, banners and blinds flutter.
Ding-Ding (1904)
Pedestrians move along the colonnade in the deep shade.
Above neon signage and banners compete for space, casting abstract shapes and shadows onto the street below.
Cars pass and rickshaws stop - waiting, pedestrians cross, the trams rumble by.
The neon jungle (1960)
High above the street - disorder - a kaleidoscope of colour. Theatrical, multi-layered facades and street edges. Awnings, blinds and signage cascade.
Beneath the neon constellation - pedestrians, cars, buses and trams mingle - happily.
The transit route (2018)
“The environment is hostile to pedestrians who are squeezed into the narrow sidewalks” (Walk DVRC brief).
The street is noisy, clogged with buses and traffic congestion. The pedestrian experience is defined by layers of frustrating barriers and obstructions.
The future. Here we reclaim, we reform
Walk DVRC, stroll DVRC beneath the shady green bowers of the floating garden, immersed in the beauty of the exuberant planting hovering above. Feel and smell the freshness. Dappled shadows carpet the pavement.
Wandering and wondering - along, across, up and down, in and out, over. Echoing visions of a bygone era, the luxury of space in the crowded city.
A new breathing space for Hong Kong life.
Sensory. Significant. Free range.
Open.
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Concept

A PLACE TO WANDER
WANDER AND WONDER
“Walking is convenient in Hong Kong, but it is very unpleasant. This should not just be about walkability but strollability too.”
Marcus Shaw, Walk DVRC
At its heart, this proposal is about giving breathing space to Des Voeux Road. It is tempting to fill streets with “stuff”, but this is a project about free movement of people, giving the street back to the pedestrian.
One lane remains open for loading, deliveries and occasional buses. The remainder has all barriers removed, pedestrians and trams freely interact. A route, a passage, a thoroughfare, an avenue, a boulevard - a journey.
Look up - Hong Kong’s streets exist on many levels - so should our scheme. Global examples of main street pedestrianisation are fixated on the ground plane; for a scheme that is truly ‘of Hong Kong’, we need to raise our eyes to the skies. We propose a floating garden hugging the southern edge of the street floating like a delicate green cloud, a distinct brand for DVRC. A cooling and a cleansing element for Hong Kong’s most polluted street. A new breathing space for Hong Kong.
A SELECTION OF SPACES -
DOTTED AND DASHED DOWN DES VOEUX
“We are quite possibly the richest city that has ever existed – what are we leaving behind for posterity?”
Marcus Shaw, Walk DVRC
We propose a series of new city spaces along Des Voeux for “sitting out”. Each with a different personality.
The “sitting out space” seems uniquely Hong Kong, spaces to breath amongst one of the densest cities in the world. Generously opening up and connected to their context, these new “sitting out” spaces surround, envelop, enclose and delight. From the solitary experience of sitting in the shade of a tree, to the shared joy on a festive evening.
Sometimes languid, sometimes dynamic, these spaces work hard to improve the connectivity east / west, north / south, drawing in, and responding to the different contexts that surround Des Voeux along its length.
A VISUAL LOVE LETTER OF SORTS, OF WHAT IS AND WHAT COULD BE
The proposals are distinctly Hong Kong. Through observation, experience and narrative we have been immersed in and embraced the surrounding streets, spaces and people and personalities. We have drawn these special moments into Des Voeux through materiality, playfulness, vibe and respect. They are arrangements that intend to provoke feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Sensory, significant, free range.
Open.
Concept
A PLACE TO WANDER
WANDER AND WONDER
“Walking is convenient in Hong Kong, but it is very unpleasant. This should not just be about walkability but strollability too.”
Marcus Shaw, Walk DVRC
At its heart, this proposal is about giving breathing space to Des Voeux Road. It is tempting to fill streets with “stuff”, but this is a project about free movement of people, giving the street back to the pedestrian.
One lane remains open for loading, deliveries and occasional buses. The remainder has all barriers removed, pedestrians and trams freely interact. A route, a passage, a thoroughfare, an avenue, a boulevard - a journey.
Look up - Hong Kong’s streets exist on many levels - so should our scheme. Global examples of main street pedestrianisation are fixated on the ground plane; for a scheme that is truly ‘of Hong Kong’, we need to raise our eyes to the skies. We propose a floating garden hugging the southern edge of the street floating like a delicate green cloud, a distinct brand for DVRC. A cooling and a cleansing element for Hong Kong’s most polluted street. A new breathing space for Hong Kong.
A SELECTION OF SPACES -
DOTTED AND DASHED DOWN DES VOEUX
“We are quite possibly the richest city that has ever existed – what are we leaving behind for posterity?”
Marcus Shaw, Walk DVRC
We propose a series of new city spaces along Des Voeux for “sitting out”. Each with a different personality.
The “sitting out space” seems uniquely Hong Kong, spaces to breath amongst one of the densest cities in the world. Generously opening up and connected to their context, these new “sitting out” spaces surround, envelop, enclose and delight. From the solitary experience of sitting in the shade of a tree, to the shared joy on a festive evening.
Sometimes languid, sometimes dynamic, these spaces work hard to improve the connectivity east / west, north / south, drawing in, and responding to the different contexts that surround Des Voeux along its length.
A VISUAL LOVE LETTER OF SORTS, OF WHAT IS AND WHAT COULD BE
The proposals are distinctly Hong Kong. Through observation, experience and narrative we have been immersed in and embraced the surrounding streets, spaces and people and personalities. We have drawn these special moments into Des Voeux through materiality, playfulness, vibe and respect. They are arrangements that intend to provoke feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Sensory, significant, free range.
Open.

About the Team

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

Our design values are shared globally across all the HASSELL studios, by the talented people who work in them: architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultants.
We work together in integrated design teams because they produce the best outcomes for our clients. The increasingly complex projects that clients bring to us demand a culture built on collaboration, creativity, and innovation in design thinking and delivery.
HASSELL was established in 1938, and we mark our 80th anniversary in 2018.

HASSELL is proud to have been recognised with more than 1,000 awards from leading industry bodies around the world – recognition for our design leadership, innovation and sustainability.
We Made That is an energetic architecture and urbanism practice with a strong public conscience. They work with public sector and charity clients to prepare incisive urban research, to develop responsive area strategies and masterplans and to deliver distinctive architecture and public realm projects. The practice is based in London, UK, and was founded in 2006.

All of We Made That’s work is public, and they aim to make imaginative and considered contributions to the built environment through socially-engaged design processes. The relationship between local communities, development and creative practice is a particular focus of their work and the practice believes that - handled correctly - it can lead to enriched, exciting and engaging places.

The practice has received awards and shortlistings for a range of projects, including the Croydon South End high street regeneration scheme with HASSELL.
About the Team
Hassell is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

Our design values are shared globally across all the HASSELL studios, by the talented people who work in them: architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultants.
We work together in integrated design teams because they produce the best outcomes for our clients. The increasingly complex projects that clients bring to us demand a culture built on collaboration, creativity, and innovation in design thinking and delivery.
HASSELL was established in 1938, and we mark our 80th anniversary in 2018.

HASSELL is proud to have been recognised with more than 1,000 awards from leading industry bodies around the world – recognition for our design leadership, innovation and sustainability.
We Made That is an energetic architecture and urbanism practice with a strong public conscience. They work with public sector and charity clients to prepare incisive urban research, to develop responsive area strategies and masterplans and to deliver distinctive architecture and public realm projects. The practice is based in London, UK, and was founded in 2006.

All of We Made That’s work is public, and they aim to make imaginative and considered contributions to the built environment through socially-engaged design processes. The relationship between local communities, development and creative practice is a particular focus of their work and the practice believes that - handled correctly - it can lead to enriched, exciting and engaging places.

The practice has received awards and shortlistings for a range of projects, including the Croydon South End high street regeneration scheme with HASSELL.