Vertical Garden


Building Fact

  • Project type : Facade Design
  • Status : Concept Design Published

Design Concept

Densely populated region like Hong Kong easily gets you feel a need of fresh air, even if you find yourself surrounded by trees on the street. It’s because highly dense buildings are always every- where in busy districts. In that respect, it is a very common question to ask if we, as architects, can mitigate this sense of discomfort. Its solution may not be obvious, but we would like to make an emphasis on this matter through this competition project for Hong Kong Science and History Muse- um. Hence, we begin to design with suggesting how about employing plant-based façade design to create human and environment friendly museum complex.

The current environment along with the existing museum building, when you visit the site, is where you can experience the mentioned discomfort due to various reasons. One of them can be its lack of common space as a central square. Approaches through the viaducts block views toward the museum complex and direct people into confusion to spot the main entrance. In order to find en- trances, you shall well observe through way-finding signages. The other one can be various types of surrounding trees which seem random, and in result they become a source of unbalance and disharmony with the exiting museum complex. And the last is that we assume its colors variances of the existing buildings would cause to alienate museum buildings from the surrounding nature.

To counter these concerns, we employ façade system out of climbing plants and polycarbonate panels. Climbing plants will be easily well harmonized with existing vegetation around the site to create monolithic color tone and mood to offer comfort and relaxation not only through the color of nature, but also oxygenated fresh air. Plus, the surface through façade plants will minimize urban heat impact generated from the reflection of building surfaces. Besides, the use of polycarbonate panels, we anticipate, will create a soft and comfortable atmosphere with the color it creates. Its translucency in materiality will offer dynamic visual awareness toward museum buildings by out- siders, and the interior space will be brightened through diffused daylight which will help reduce electricity usage during the daytime.

Clothed with vertical vegetations, 5 existing museum buildings with 3 new additions will become harmony with the existing environment. The overall color scheme of green and refreshed air through Vertical Garden shall bring naturally friendly sustainable, breath- able, and walkable museum to visitors and communities.