AD+RG completes regeneration of former fishing village
As in many Chinese villages and towns, Cheung Chau Island, which was once a fishing village, is undergoing transformation with a new urban morphology. The site, intersected by a community plaza and sliced by alleys, forms a 300 m circulation spine linking the main pier to the beach, which is a hot place for wind surfing since HK won the Olympics Wind Surfing Gold Medal in 1996. The design, a continuous landscape for history and identity, reconnect the essence of the past and the modern lives of the residents.
Traditional Chinese window motifs are reinterpreted into landscaped paving surfaces and pavilions in the community plaza. The form of the plaza is rationalised to provide space for traditional Chinese opera performances, public art or local school events. Following the landscaped paving, the pedestrian route descends to the beach shore, demarcated by a modern portal capitalising on views of the Tung Wan Beach and skyline.
Feature sculptures in the form of yachts form a key to link up the old and the new; sculpture of traditional Chinese boat yachts are located in the community plaza to trace back the fishing village's history; sculptures of windsurfing sails are adopted at the side near the beach to reflect the modern facet of the new generation. These features also serve to enhance the visitors’ orientation in the meandering matrix.
A 'Zero Carbon - Zero Water' target is adopted in the design. All materials require very low maintenance and solar lighting is employed for landscape lighting. Besides, artificial timber decking made from recycled timber and resin is employed. The urban revitalisation illustrates the interweaving of modern and traditions, ecology and urban engagement.