Seven million people are sardine-canned into a mere 1,108 square kilometers of Hong Kong, comprised of 6,588 high rise buildings (several hundred more than in New York City). Hong Kong’s metoric development and population explosion produced these head-spinningly claustrophobic living conditions, photographed here by Michael Wolf. In each picture it’s hard to imagine that anything else exists besides these massive walls, it seems as if the architecture itself has somehow overtaken the world it springs from.
MOLO Design unravels its project for Nebuta Matsuri; a popular Japanese cultural festival that boasts story-telling and revival of mythical creatures, heros and villains. The truly intruiging feature of this design is its facade, ribbons of bend steel sheets drape down from its top like a stage curtain - metaphorically speaking; this a very poetic conceptualisation of the brief as the interiors of the building become the a stage for theatricals and mythical story-telling. The bright red enamel-coated ribbons of steel seem to devorce the construction material of it’s true characteristic of strength and stiffness, rather they tend to sway and effortlessly dance around the exterior - making multiple openings and allowing light through where necessary. ‘Truth to Materials’ is challenged in this project as the narrative influence of this project’s programme calls it. A play between ‘What is Fact? and What is fiction?’