Amid the myriad of skyscrapers and luxurious retail spaces at Hong Kong’s waterfront, the KUBE at K11 MUSEA is an installation to create a distinctive and intimate place for encounters and happenings—an invitation to shoppers and passers-by from the local community and abroad to stop by, and be fully present to experience the city.
▼项目概览，overview © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
Located in front of a main entrance of K11 MUSEA—a ten-storey retail space designed to blend cultural experiences and commerce—the KUBE is a compact, multi-functional installation: at once a kiosk, an outdoor seating area and an event space. Part of the KUBE is a golden colour cube, which is home to a local artisan coffee brewer. Its anodised aluminum finish changes colour as light of different qualities reflects from the material, offering visitors unique scenes at dawn and dusk, day and night.
▼金色立方体，the golden cube © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
▼游客正在购买咖啡，the tourist is buying coffee © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
▼咖啡零售店，the coffee shop © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
Seating is an integral part of the installation. Adjacent to the kiosk is a set of stone cubes that functions as outdoor chairs and tables—configured in a way to enhance connections between visitors. People stopping by the stone cubes for coffee breaks, or simply to enjoy the harbour view, readily end up in serendipitous conversations. The stone cubes also create possibilities for different events—such as outdoor performances with a harbour view—to inject cultural programs into the shopping area.
▼夜幕下的装置和维港，the installation at night © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
For special events, a giant red balloon, visible from across Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour, is installed as a “city canopy” to gather all participants under the same roof, and as an “urban pin” to mark the KUBE as a place in the city for inspiring encounters. Small in scale, yet distinguished by its simple geometry and engaging happenings around it, KUBE is an urban landmark of experience, rather than spectacle.
▼效果图，rendering © Kevin Mak, courtesy of OMA
Client: K11 MUSEA
Location: Hong Kong
Site: K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Partner-in-Charge: David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas
Project Architect : Ricky Suen, Ken Fung
Concept: Ricky Suen, Alan Lau
SD: Ricky Suen, Slobodan Radoman, Camilla Mori
DD: Ricky Suen, Slobodan Radoman
CA: Ken Fung
Project Management: K11 MUSEA
Façade Consultant: Front
Structure Consultant: BuroHappold