interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement

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LAAB’s Interactive Harbour Cup Fuses Sports, Science, and Art

 

LAAB Architects presents Harbour Cup, an interactive artwork featured in the Science in Art exhibition along Hong Kong‘s Central Harbourfront promenade. Harbour Cup combines elements of sports, science, and art into a single engaging installation.

 

The design of Harbour Cup is inspired by the traditional table soccer game but with notable differences—there are no goals and no predefined teams. Players must negotiate and decide whether to compete or collaborate, transforming a familiar game into a platform for reflection and communication.

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
all images by Otto Ng unless stated otherwise

 

 

Illuminating Harbour Cup Engages Hong Kong’s Harbourfront

 

The artwork features an array of solar-powered LED lights that illuminate the ball’s trajectory when kicked, thanks to capacitive sensors housed in watertight 3D-printed consoles. The shiny metallic structure of Harbour Cup reflects the chromatic lighting of Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings and harbour, creating a visually dynamic experience.

 

Harbour Cup includes three pieces of varying heights and dimensions, accommodating people of different sizes and ages. Through this installation, Hong Kong-based LAAB Architects aims to encourage social interaction and physical play, inviting participants to engage with each other and their environment.

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
inspired by traditional table soccer, Harbour Cup redefines the game with no goals and no teams

 

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
Harbour Cup merges sports, science, and art into an engaging installation

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
three pieces of varying heights accommodate different body sizes and ages

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
Harbour Cup encourages social interaction and physical play among participants

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
the shiny metallic structure of Harbour Cup reflects the chromatic lighting of Hong Kong’s high-rises

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Harbour Cup interactive installation by LAAB Architects stands at the Science in Art exhibition in Hong Kong

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
players of Harbour Cup must negotiate how to play, fostering reflection and communication

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solar-powered LED lights illuminate the ball’s trajectory when kicked in Harbour Cup | image by Leung Yau Cheong

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
capacitive sensors in watertight 3D-printed consoles trigger the LED lights

interactive table soccer installation by LAAB encourages physical play and social engagement
Harbour Cup’s design creates a visually dynamic experience at night

 

project info:

 

name: Harbour Cup

architect: LAAB Architects | @laabpro

design team: Otto Ng, Chun Hang Yip, CK Wong, Brian Cheung, Catherine Cheng, Larissa Ku, Raphael Kwok, Erika Fung

curator: Hong Kong Science Museum

location: Tamar Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China

photography: Otto Ng – Leung Yau Cheong

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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