steven ma, wendy fok + dominik strzelec: ephemeral roof exchange steven ma, wendy fok + dominik strzelec: ephemeral roof exchange
may 20, 2010

steven ma, wendy fok + dominik strzelec: ephemeral roof exchange

‘ephemeral roof exchange’

‘ephemeral roof exchange’ is the winning entry for the open group competition by architects steven ma, wendy fok and dominik strzelec. designed as an interactive connection point between the three important regions of china’s perl river delta (hong kong, macao and zhuhai), this architectural design serves as a boundary crossing facility between those areas for the purpose of maritime transport.


its features a three point access system which brings together technological, economical and cultural entities and public spaces into a unified secure zone. additionally, each of the three different points of entry pertain specifically to advanced sustainable technologies such as solar, hydro and piezoelectrical energy.

three point access system

the three energy collection points are each representational to the location and orientation of the site. the solar photovoltaic louvres with a south orientation, for instance, is designed for the hong kong/ kowloon exchange entrance.

aerial view

located at the hong kong/macao/zhuhai terminal, a hydro collective system designed with humidity and rain water collectors recycles hydro-energy to provide a cooling system for waiting guests. meanwhile, the piezoelectrical system is a self sustaining energy system embedded into the asphalt and landscaping throughout the site that recycles and reuses cast off sound and vibrational energy collected from the numerous passing vehicles during their process of border crossing.


interior facilities

elevation view rendering



roof patterns

roof patterns

roof patterns

roof patterns

site plan

site plan

  • it’s just all too messy! some of the visuals are really beautiful but you have no bloody clue where you are or what’s going on

    tomitwoshoes says:
  • OMG it’s awesome! would love to see this in real life.

    Johnnytwotoe says:
  • rainwater collection is admirable, but it looks like it just goes to a waterfall project which will eliminate most of the bounty.

    in the future … a project this big will not just self survive but give back a lot to the people who actually live there, not just the tourists or the pond scummers. if you have such a large piece of real estate (looking at the site pics) can you collect a bit more and share it out a bit? seems like a huge amount of the space is designated for car park and freeway areas. could not there be some more collecting there…??? gotta get rid of these mall architects …………………

    yadda yadda says:
  • tomitwoshoes- u hv no clue where r u because u can’t even create sth that marvellous or u hv problem with ur brain in the portion for visualization.

    anywayz,it’s really a great architecture brings us to future

    lengi_gor says:
  • i like the design because its polarizing. concerning form and artwork this is absolute avantgarde. but yet i am not sure if i would like such a future. it seems a bit over the top and i ask myself if such a project right now really could be built and if sustainability measures could be implemented and would work out as planned?

    phlow says:
  • what is the point of this ?! collecting water ?!
    is this avantgarde or just design masturbate ??
    looks very nice though.

    nop says:
  • The renders are a bit confusing, overwhelming… But the building certainly looks like a dream, quite literally.

    MeToday says:
  • Credit for what looks like a lot of hard work, but sadly put into wrong use!!! No clarity at all… (from the images, layout, and that paragraph on recycling makes no sense at al!!). Very nice renderings though… Belongs more to hollywood – but even that has clarity!!

    I mean… all that stuff with the roofs and no one knows what they actually do (solar panels? come on), and what happens on top or under? (besides ‘relaxing’ in a lot of space)

    Sloooww down guys!!! There’s no vision here at all…..

    Tom says:
  • I’ll agree. This is too messy. it is a bad Zaha rip-off

    pullman says:
  • Nowadays architecture is becoming something as the Egipcian madness, where millions died to rise something for Gods admiration. Thanks to great human gods and now, to great computer graphics.

    A Mota says:
  • Mind bogglingly beautiful. Don’t bother criticizing in public if you can’t spell or use grammar in the language in which you are criticizing.

    Exxtremitie says:
  • .
    no more hadid-clone, please.

    . says:

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