Transfiguring Tradition: set within the proximity of the local temples, the Eastern District was once a fishing village rich in traditional culture. Despite the rapid urbanization in the district, the colourful culture continues to thrive. On the birthday of the deity, the locals celebrate the thanksgiving occasion with colourful parades and performances of traditional opera. The District Cultural Square provides a perfect venue for these theatrical/ cultural events.
The Theatre Culture and Continuity: the headdress of the actress, symbolizes the cultural emblem of the collective memories of the locals. The design of the main stage mimics the form of headdress as the key component of local opera. The form further elaborates with the Chinese traditional auspicious symbols, fins of dragon with contemporary materials. The colour of the stage reciprocates the Chinese red (Zhusa) and grey colour of the headdress. The continuity of the tradition, reflects the vitality of the local culture, is in sync with the dynamics nature of the activities taking place in the Cultural Square.
Revitalization and Urban Design: The site was once an isolated waterfront area adjacent the Tam Kung Temple. The scheme enhances the permeability and connectivity of the area under the urban design perspective. It destines to be a popular venue for principal local events as well as wide range of initiatives such as concerts, Chinese Opera, school events and carnival. In doing so, the project revitalizes the harbourfront and surroundings, transforming into a vibrant harbourfront by introducing the public domain through Transfiguring Tradition.
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