proposed by architects pouya goshayeshi and joanna lam, the kowloon nursey pavilion offers a vertical garden within the dense urban fabric of hong kong. the proposal was submitted to the ‘young designers and architects’ competition 2017 initiated by the ‘west kowloon cultural district’ that aims at providing a dynamic and creative hub at the heart of the chinese city .



with this proposal for the young architects & designers competition 2017, goshayeshi and lam want to shift the public opinion regarding high density cities- which are wrongly related to a lack of green spaces. indeed, people believe that a good living environment is outside of the urban realm, specifically in the country side. however in the past two decades, vertical gardens have taken over many building facades in cities. these living green ecosystems not only proved to have positive effects on the environment but were able to reduce the urban heat island effect and offer psychological well being to humans living in cities. therefore, with this proposal, the architects want to encourage the community to take the initiative of creating  urban green spaces and open up a discussion about the benefits of vertical gardens in every day life. 



the pavilion is made up of columns where a series of linear and straight bamboo pipes are connecting two rings. these linear structures are rotated along the ring that takes up the shape of trunks. a felt system is connected to the vertical pipes – where plants such as boston ivy, different flower species, australian veggie, and moss are growing. there is a description on each trunk that instruct people on how to grown and maintain each plant. at night, these linear giants equipped with incandescent lights around and between the rings are illuminated. ‘the composition of these plants along with natural bamboo structure create a colorful inviting feeling for the community,’ notes the duo. 




kowloon nursery pavilion – trunks
video from eureka



kowloon nursery pavilion- parametric roof
video from eureka



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