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Heritage Museum explores Hong Kong spaces and places

An exhibition that takes audiences through a journey of re-interpretations of spaces and places will be staged at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from tomorrow (July 3) until November 28.

In the exhibition, "Spaces and Places", four renowned local architects - Wallace Chang, Barrie Ho, Desmond Hui and Rocco Yim - will reconstruct the space in the galleries with an aim to explore the uniqueness of the native phenomenon in relation to spaces and places in the pursuit of redefining the meaning of a true architecture.

Geographical and economic factors determine the spatial imagination of people and help shape its character and culture. The technology and materials available in different eras further modifies people's innate desires and conceptions of space, giving their spatial expression temporal colours.

Hong Kong, a city of only 1,103 square kilometres with more than 6.8 million people, has been a constant challenge to town planners, developers, architects and interior designers. The lack of land resources has resulted in the upward search for usable space and thus the concrete jungles. Today, new concepts in real estate emphasise particular lifestyles and idealised environment, which, as a matter of fact, reflect people's desire for new and creative spatial arrangements.

Guest curated by Barrie Ho, the exhibition attempts to reflect and to explore the quest for spatial innovation; the perfect solution to the geographic limitations of Hong Kong; and the assimilation of different cultures.

The exhibition features the architectural designs by the four architects that reveals the four major elements which architecture is responding to - landscape, water, density, ambience. For Rocco Yim, distinctive residential design is selected in response to the surrounding "water", which is very different from urban dwellings. Wallace Chang has selected his Youth Hostel Design in Mt Davis to explicitly express the relationship between architecture and "landscape". The experimental tunnel created by Desmond Hui will provide an exclusive experience for visitors to feel the "hyper-density" fabric of Hong Kong as well as to recapture their collective memories. Barrie Ho attempts to exhibit an architect's house at Jardine's Lookout in response to the sub-urban fabric, particularly within its "ambience".

As design plays an important role in shaping the future of Hong Kong, the Heritage Museum has dedicated this year as the "Year of Design", in recognition of the infinite possibilities of this discipline and the contributions of its practitioners in various business activities. As one of the special programmes organised in the "Year of Design", the Hong Kong Designer Series features various disciplines of design that relate to our daily life and environment. "Spaces and Places" is the second exhibition in the Hong Kong Design Series. The other four exhibitions are "Building Hong Kong - visual/graphic design", "Mega-crossover - home products design", "In and Out - product design development" and "Body and Wears - fashions design".

In support of the exhibition, a symposium will be held in November. For details, please contact Heritage Museum's Education Team at 2180 8260.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Sha Tin KCR Station and the Heritage Museum from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Car parking is available at the Heritage Museum. Those who prefer to make use of public transport may take the KCR Ma On Shan line to the Che Kung Temple station, which is within five minutes' walk of the Museum.

For enquiries, call 2180 8188. For details of the exhibition, visit the Heritage Museum's website at .

Ends/Saturday, July 2, 2005
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