Clear water bay road

Clear water bay road

663 Clear Water Bay Road, Hong Kong, China | View Map
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Clear Water Bay Road

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Just an hour drive from the city centre of Hong Kong, the Clearwater Bay area is situated. These peninsulas, with their lush green hills, beautiful bays and little villages, are quite the opposite of the skyscrapers and city buzz of Hong Kong.


New World Development has been working on 'Mount Pavilia', an extraordinary new settlement wedged in between the rolling hills and existing villages, since 2014. Small scale, artisan crafts, community and shared facilities are important pillars of the concept of this new neighbourhood. Famous architects like Minsuk Cho (Mass Studies) and Adrian L. Norman (ALN) have contributed to Mount Pavilia, just like a number of internationally renowned artists. The White Yard Club and White Yard Gallery, designed by Minsuk Cho, are community buildings. They have a bright white concrete facade, and house several facilities like a swimming pool, lounge, game rooms, sports facilities, bar, restaurant, café, laundry services, gallery and a food market. An organically shaped bridge connects the two buildings with the complex of 680 apartments and the 25 hectares large Central Park. This park has been designed by ALN and forms the heart of the new settlement, stitching together the outdoor pool, play facilities and urban farming. The apartments are built around the Central Park like a 'wall': in this way, every resident has a perfect view on the the community park as well as the lush green surrounding landscape. On top of this, the neighbourhood is car-free; parking is arranged underground. 


In 2015, Carve was asked to create a design for five playspaces in Clearwater Bay; a playzone for toddlers, urban farming, a playzone in Central Park for older children, a waterplay zone, and an indoor library and educational playspace. The distinct architecture of the Club House of Clearwater Bay, with its flowing shapes, bright white facades and transparant parts has been the starting point for the design of all playzones. Thanks to this, the play elements are an obvious part of one family, despite being located seperately from each other.


Toddler zone
In the most northern zone a playzone has been created for children aged 2-5 years old. The playspace is surrounded by a low fence and hedge. Inside, there are three cilinder-shaped objects with a white, perforated facade. Every tower has a different function; in the largest, children can climb and slide. The other, slightly smaller, towers, are focused on roleplay; one is a 'store', the other a playhouse. Outside the round towers a hill is created which children can slide on. The ensemble is covered by two lightweight shading structures, which are attached to a circular frame.


Urban Farming
The vegetable garden, also referred to as 'urban farm', is an ensemble of four zones connected by an informal path, with each having its own distinct function. Starting at the bike parking, the next zone is filled with raised planters. From here, people can continue to an educational zone with seating benches and an integrated herb garden. Here, children can play in a small sandpit and with water. The last zone is focused on 'food and commuity'; an intimate, sheltered space where local residents can meet and have a barbecue. 


Central Park
The eyecatcher of Central Park is an ensemble of three cilinder-shaped play sculptures, that tower above the tree tops. With their white facade and warm-coloured surroundings they stand out against the green foliage of the surrounding park. The round-shaped plateaus of the objects rest on 'mikado-poles', that are twisted in every direction. These poles give the objects a slender and transparant look. The first playtower, which measures more than six meters in height, contains two playnets, two slides and climbing platforms. The second tower is for climbing, containing climbing poles, a droplet-net and raised platform. The third and lowest tower contains a hammock-forest. All playtowers are situated in a slightly sunken pit that emphasises their presence. A concrete path encloses the playzone and connects the zone to the rest of the Central Park. Parents can sit in close vicinity to the towers on benches that are integrated into the path. In the subtropical climate, shadow is of great importance; in all towers, shading is integrted. Above this, hanging plants adorn the top edges of teh two largest towers.


Waterplay zone
The waterplay zone is situated next to the swimming pool, and because of its shallowness (5 and 30cm) it is suitable for children. Carve designed a sliding scultpure and interactive water table, that activate the two zones of the pool in their own way. The water table is part of the deepest part of the basin, and acts as a play island that lies just below the water surface. Children are encouraged to collaborate; by pressing the sensors, different waterjets are activated, creating an everchanging game of sprayers and lighting. Especially at night, the result is spectacular. In the shallow zone, the sliding sculpture is situated. The object is made of perforated steel; white on the outside, magenta on the inside, creating a moiree effect. The slide is integrated into the object, that stands as a monolith in the waterbasin, lighting up at night like  a sculpture. 


Indoor playground
Last but not least, Carve designed the interior of the indoor playground, which is situated in the back of the Club House. The interior of the Club House has a clean appearance with a lot of glass facades, meandering and perforated brick walls, sightlines and patios. The flowing shape of the rear wall was a starting point, just like the glass facade that encloses the space and seperates the indoor playground from the hall. Within this limited space, a playzone has been created that includes a library, book shelves, reading corner, a real size doll's house, and a playhouse in the same atmosphere as the Club House. The playhouse, that – just like all other objects – has been designed exclusively for Clear Water Bay, consists of soft play building blocks on the floor and windows. The blocks can be taken out and children can stack them in different ways, creating their own 'building'. A chalkboard invites children to practice their creativity. 


In the other zone, behind the meandering wall, the 'dolls house' has been integrated. A life-size black-and-white drawing divides the wall into various zones with doors, windows and a balcony. In this corner, where the focus is on tranquility, fantasy and role play, children can play in a relaxed way. The eyecatcher of the indoor playground, however, is a long, transparant bookcase, that creates a wall behind the playzone and the hallway and is a vertical playstructure at the same time. Pink perspex panels, stepped shelves and plateaus create an intimate play and read corner, wedged between two glass walls. From the upper shelf, children can slide down from a bright white slide.

Carve won the BCI Asia Interior Award for the indoor playground in 2018. 

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