parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
 
parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
feb 04, 2014

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
images © ka-ho pang
all images courtesy of parallel lab

 

 

 

prior to the construction of the official ‘M+ museum’ building located on west kowloon cultural district and designed by herzog & de meuron, the curatorial team proposed a series of nomadic exhibitions that took place in different areas of hong kong. ‘mobile M+: yau ma tei’ by local studio parallel lab and a team of architecture students from the chinese university of hong kong was the first installation to be completed. the project had a specific emphasis on mobility and the grassroots culture of the site’s old district.

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
the structure was set up in a typical hong kong shop location

 

 

the temporary, 34sqm ‘info hub’ was built using 400 crates from watson water and set up in the ground floor of a typical hong kong shop house. formed into a giant piece of furniture, it functioned as an information desk, reading and resting area, book display and storage space, as well as hosting other activities and events. after one month all crates returned to their original role of portable containers for water bottles delivery. the project was the starting point for seven further urban interventions that were realized by hong kong artists.

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
the installation was built using crates and used for multiple activities

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
the crates illuminated at night

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
the units were set back from the wall to create shadows and a dynamic atmosphere

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
M+ executive director dr. lars nittve discussing the project

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
looking onto the grass carpet used to cover the recycled pieces

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
view of the shadow projected off the pieces

 

parallel lab installs mobile M+: yau ma tei hub in hong kong
400 crates were used for the installation by parallel lab

 

 

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  • O.K. maybe I am down playing my own talents but I did this with crates in 1970 to construct bookcases and bed bases for my dormitory room. When I moved out I undid the crates, which were connected together while they were installed, and dumped all of my things in them for the move.
    Not new. Certainly not difficult to imagine.
    Ho hum.

    Ron Smith

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