Completed in the 1970s, Morse Park Amphitheatre has grown along with the old residential community. Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government sought to enrich the communal space within the most ageing district of Hong Kong - apart from enhancing the outdoor theatre for Cantonese Operas that celebrate the local traditional culture.
The project offered an opportunity to expand the potential of the venue in order to attract wider activities. It was important that, in upgrading its value, the original essence of the place would be preserved as it has become a part of daily life for the residents. The tradition of open courtyard performances in Chinese Opera history is reinterpreted in the open amphitheatre for Cantonese Operas. It further accommodates performance spaces of different nature for wider activities.
The shelters pull together performers and participants whilst maintaining the sense of an open park theatre. The spatial concept was to create and connect spaces to encourage diversified activities.
Entering the forecourt, the trellis leads to the pavilion on one side whilst an extending canopy signifies the amphitheatre on the other. From the amphitheatre, a metal shelter continues into the greenery, welcoming entrances from the park, merging with nature. All these elements come together in a dynamic whole, juxtaposing between the old and new, balancing between geometrical purity and surrounding greenery, creating multiple layers of space for individual wander, casual gathering to organized social events.
While preserving daily routines of the residents, diversified activities are brought into the familiar environment home to the ageing district, fostering communications between the elderly and the youth.
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