OMA revealed the KUBE, an installation located in front of the main entrance of K11 MUSEA, on Hong Kong’s waterfront. The multi-functional installation creates an urban landmark, amidst the dense skyline of the city, through very simple yet engaging geometry.
Created to generate a unique and intimate place where people can gather and events can occur, the KUBE encourages the people passing by, the local community basically to stop and experience the city. Situated in front of the ten-story retail space K11 MUSEA, the project is an invitation for shoppers to take a break, enjoy the surrounding “and be fully present to experience the city”.
Mixing commercial and cultural experiences, the compact project is at the same time a kiosk, an outdoor seating area, and an event space. The golden cube, that radiates and changes colors under different types of light, hosts a local artisan’s coffee brewery. The aluminum finishes that reflect the light, produce time-specific diverse visual aspects of the installation. In fact, the kiosk offers “visitors unique scenes at dawn and dusk, day and night”.
A public space is never complete without a seating space, where people can sit, linger and spend time. The stone dices, adjacent to the cube are an integral part of the installation, passing for outdoor chairs and tables. They can also take on different functions, to assist any type of activity happening on the premises, and encourage cultural programs around that commercial area.
Finally, a roof is often installed, a giant red balloon forms a canopy where people can gather for special events. This intervention becomes visible from across Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor, highlighting the KUBE from far away.
- Status: Completed
- Client: K11 MUSEA
- Location: Hong Kong
- Site: K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Program: Installation
- 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
- Lighting: Inhabit