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Architecture Students Design Living Room Museum

On 8 January, the Living Room Museum, located at the open plaza of Times Square in Causeway Bay, celebrated its official opening. The museum is a newly built temporary gallery space designed by Samuel Wong Sau-yin (right) and Marco Wong Chun-kit (left), final year students of the Masters of Architecture degree programme at CUHK. Both won the Times Square Living Room Design Competition organized last year. One of the prizes is the opportunity to launch the two young architects' careers by designing and building their first architectural project in the heart of Hong Kong even prior to their graduation, and to contribute to the city by creating a freely accessible space for the sharing of high quality art, cultural events and exhibitions.

The winning design, titled 'Sometimes', is a highly flexible rectangular glass volume built up from an elegant, light-weight, modular framework of pre-fabricated parts. The simplicity of the structure and the minimal choice of materials and detailing have been carefully selected to maintain a strong design identity while allowing for possible exterior and interior appropriations as part of the exhibitions housed inside. A playful rhythm of wooden interior fins that densify towards the top separates the interior space from the visually demanding context of Causeway Bay. The lower levels of the façade are transparent to create a welcoming character. The exhibition floor itself can easily be re-configured in an open, semi-open, or closed plan in response to the needs of the curators. The structure presents itself to the public as an accessible and inviting shelter for high-quality art display.


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