OMA's KUBE is a compact, multi-functional installation on the hong kong waterfront

OMA's KUBE is a compact, multi-functional installation on the hong kong waterfront

against the backdrop of skyscrapers that populate hong kong’s waterfront, ‘KUBE’ — designed by OMA — is an intimate structure designed to foster impromptu encounters and happenings. KUBE is a compact, multi-functional installation that is at once a kiosk, an outdoor seating area, and an event space. the structure serves as an invitation to passers-by to pause and be fully present to experience the city.

all images © kevin mak, courtesy of OMA



located in front of a main entrance of K11 MUSEA — a ten-storey retail space designed to blend cultural experiences and commerce — the golden cube is home to a local artisan coffee brewer. KUBE’s anodized aluminum finish changes color throughout the day as light reflects from the material, offering visitors different scenes at dawn and dusk, day and night.



adjacent to the kiosk, OMA positioned a set of stone cubes that function as outdoor chairs and tables. people are invited to sit on the cubes for coffee breaks, or to simply to enjoy the harbor views. this seating configuration also creates possibilities for different events, such as outdoor performances — allowing cultural programs to take place within the shopping complex.



for special events, a giant red balloon, visible from across hong kong’s victoria harbour, is installed as a ‘city canopy’ to gather all participants under the same roof. ‘small in scale, yet distinguished by its simple geometry and engaging happenings around it, KUBE is an urban landmark of experience, rather than spectacle,’ says OMA. see other projects by the firm here, including a residential tower planned for kuwait city’s waterfront and a stacked hotel nearing completion in amsterdam.



project info:


name: KUBE
location: hong kong
status: completed
client: K11 MUSEA
site: K11 MUSEA, victoria dockside, 18 salisbury road, tsim sha tsui, kowloon, hong kong
program: installation


architect: OMA
partner-in-charge: david gianotten, rem koolhaas
project architect: ricky suen, ken fung
concept: ricky suen, alan lau
SD: ricky suen, slobodan radoman, camilla mori
DD: ricky suen, slobodan radoman
CA: ken fung


project management: K11 MUSEA
façade consultant: front structure
consultant: BuroHappold
lighting: inhabit

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,379 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample