Exhibition offers glimpse of Kowloon Walled City and Ai Weiwei's home
Ever fancied getting a glimpse of the vanished Kowloon Walled City, Ai Weiwei's home in Beijing or the soon-to-be-built M+ museum in West Kowloon? Visitors to an upcoming exhibition will be able to take a peek at all three and more.
Organised by the M+ museum of visual culture, the exhibition at Taikoo Place in Quarry Bay will showcase about 100 architectural models, videos and related materials. It will run from January 10 to February 9.
Local buildings constructed from the '60s to the '80s will be the focus of part of the exhibition.
Visitors will see how architects came up with ingenious solutions to make use of every last square inch of floor area, M+ executive director Lars Nittve said.
One example is the Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate in Kowloon, whose 99 towers made it the world's largest private housing estate when it was completed in 1978.
"Because of the density, people don't see the architectural design," Nittve said.
Some exhibits focus on buildings or areas that no longer exist.
Visitors can watch an hour-long video of Kowloon Walled City, a cramped settlement infamous for crime which was demolished in 1993, recorded by an artist in 1991 as he wandered through it.
Another exhibit shows the Old Peak Tower, which also disappeared in 1993. The bowl-like structure was based on the design of an ancient Chinese watchtower, with a modern twist.
Beyond Hong Kong, mainland and international architects are also highlighted, including the MAD and Sou Fujimoto teams and Frank Lloyd Wright.
A steel model of artist Ai Weiwei's home in Beijing will also be on display. Ai's minimalism inspired future designs of museums, the exhibition's curator Aric Chen said.
All the items are from the M+ collection. A design model of the M+ building itself will also be on show. The building is set to be completed in 2017.
The museum's experts will be sharing their views on local culture this Saturday as part of Business of Design Week, which finishes that day.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium - the partner country of the design week - arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for a three-day official visit.