Golden Moon is a temporary construction that was built for the 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland festival and was opened for the public just for 6 days in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.
The project was inspired by the legend of the Moon Goddess Chang’e who can meet her husband only when the moon is at its fullest, on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The exterior shell symbolizes the fiery love between the goddess and her husband through the flame like shapes and colours. More to the point, the entire construction comes as an example for a combination between Chinese traditions and craftsmanship in a modern construction, design and urbanism techniques.
Concept was inspired from a Chinese lantern and was placed in reflection pool allowing 150 people to enjoy the experience of light and sound inside the pavilion. Built in just 11 days, this fiery pavilion impresses through its construction techniques. The main structure is very light-weight (made from steel) and generates a geodesic dome that sustains a secondary bamboo, computer designed structure. The combination between the simplest of means and materials, and a state-of-the-art technology resulted in a low-cost, time efficient construction witch impressed over 500,000 visitors.
The project has an inclined axis. When the visitors enter the structure, their sight is drawn to the top of the pavilion. This effect combined with the swooping curves create an asymmetric and dynamic space which invites people inside by giving the entire ensemble a motion, a direction witch people can follow. The colors vary from the base to the top creating a gradient which makes the building disintegrate into the night sky.
Golden Moon was opened to the public in the evening and displayed a sound and light spectacle visible both from inside and outside the pavilion. The light show consisted of a main, fully pre-choreographed show that plays for 3 minutes every 15 minutes and was alternated with a 12 min intermezzo. For the 3 minute show large scale patterns had been designed specifically to be comprehensive from a distance from where the dome can be seen as an isolated object. Inside the dome these patterns became more abstract and submerged people into an alternative world of sound, light and color.
A strong example of how tradition and history can influence and enhance the beauty of a modern architectural project.
Photographs: Kevin Ng, Grandy Lui, Pano Kalogeropoulos, Courtesy of LEAD, Courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board
Location: Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Sponsor: Lee Kum Kee
Competition team: Kristof Crolla & Adam Fingrut
Project management team: Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange, Dannes Kok, Kenneth Cheung and Yi Sa Chan of LEAD, with Nicholas Benner, Chris Lee (Anthropods Associates Ltd.), Paulina Lau (APT Engineering Consultant Ltd.)
Construction: Free Form Construction Co. Ltd. (Main Contractor), Fonkwang Development Ltd. & Guangzhou Shipyard Company Ltd. (Steel), Wing Yick Scaffolders (Bamboo), Wings Design Production Ltd. (Fabric), LED Artist (LED)
Light and sound design: LED Artist