live nature by ida and billy at hong kong shenzhen biennale 09
live nature by ida and billy at hong kong shenzhen biennale 09 live nature by ida and billy at hong kong shenzhen biennale 09
dec 16, 2009

live nature by ida and billy at hong kong shenzhen biennale 09

live nature is a public seating area built around a tree image courtesy of ida & billy

the price of an apartment in hong kong is rapidly rising up to 70, 000 HK dollars per square foot. within this congested metropolis, and the typical dream of living within a sky-high, marble clad apartment, with roman columns and chandeliers, ida sze and billy chan have envisioned a setting which brings one’s attention to another reason for living in the city. their contribution to the hong kong shenzhen biennale, ‘live nature’ characterizes the uniqueness of hong kong which not only lies in its incredible hyper-density, but also within its close proximity to well-preserved areas of nature, bringing together a complete idea of life in the chinese city.

for their pavilion at the HKSZ biennale, the duo has designed a space made from unfinished plywood coated with clear lacquer, in five sections each of 2.4m x 2.4m (2 full pieces of plywood) x 0.5m(29 layers of 17mm thick plywood), centering around an existing tree. here, city dwellers and visitors alike can come and have close contact with the tree, sunlight, shadows, wind and sky, the providing an escape to nature within the urban landscape of hong kong.

live nature we have a desire to live by nature. we use this pavilion to create a setting to supplement camp sites and resorts, to call people out during beautiful days, to taste the joy of living under a tree!

sections of home lives are abstracted to sculpt this pavilion, tree crown replaces concrete roof, to shelter for sleeping, dining & conversing. soothing sunlight, singing birds and swaying shadows, aren’t they better than marble stones, moulded cornices and chandelier? – ida and billy

image courtesy of ida & billy

image courtesy of ida & billy

the area provides an escape from the busy city life of hong kong image courtesy of ida & billy

live nature by night image courtesy of ida & billy

image courtesy of ida & billy

the four different seating components which make up live nature image courtesy of ida & billy

  • Nice idea.

    tokijas says:
  • hello im grant martin and i would like to congratuate you on designing such a pathetic design!!

    Mr Martins says:
  • and we would like to CONGRATULATE you mr. martin on your pathetic observation

    moderndesign2120 says:
  • Dear Mr Martins (or is it Martin, you don’t seem very sure)

    Try Learning to spell, punctuate or form a sentence before commenting on something you don’t understand.

    Lovely concept by the way.

    aDesigner says:
  • like the idea – where is it in HK? i would like to see it with my own eyes. thanks

  • Hi Mr Martin, are you the Martin that I met in Beijing? Nice to hear from you.

    Michael, it’s at the West Kowloon Promenade –

    Ida says:
  • i would also like to make a pathetic observation as the concept is something I just don’t understand….. why leave the four walls of your house to go and sit yourself between another 2 walls in the middle of the countryside ?

    ortigiano says:
  • During the production, we can imagine at least 50% of the wood boards were wasted… but the design want to deliver a message of being close to the nature, it is quite strange.

    But the design is very beautiful. Nice!

    VAstudent says:

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