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Pavilion Design Competition


In February 2008, members of local design and building related professions were asked to take part in a competition to provide the design concept for the Hong Kong Pavilion. The competition was jointly organised by the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Architectural Services Department, and sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).

The competition was well received, and attracted 80 entries. The winning entries were selected by a seven-member jury chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, and announced on April 14, 2008.

First Prize - The Hong Kong Pavilion - "Pavilion of Infinity"

The winning entry - entitled "Pavilion of Infinity" - provides visitors with a stunning impression of Hong Kong as a modern, open, free and transparent society. The signature design feature of the three-level pavilion is a huge, transparent void that takes up the entire middle level. This open space will provide the pavilion with a sleek, contemporary look and symbolises an infinite imagination and creativity of people in Hong Kong - where ideas go beyond physical boundaries. The Pavilion will adopt advanced technology including multi-media and interactive methods to highlight Hong Kong's various strengths and achievements.
Winners: Chan Wai-ching, Sze Ki-shan

Second Prize - The Hong Kong Pavilion - "Matrix Hong Kong"

Hong Kong is a city characterised by the relationships among international links, infrastructure, IT, telecommunications and free trade. These invisible relationships are expressed through a matrix which has no predetermined order and association amongst these elements.
Winners: Wong Hak-kong, Yu Siu-fung, Fong Ching-to, Wang Ho, Chan King-tai, Liu Kwok-on, Chan Yau-shing, Chu Wing-hin, Ting Man-kit

Honourable Mention - Sponge City

The design represents infinite possibilities and potentials of Hong Kong. A city’s prosperity and growth are never confined to their physical dimensions, but the prosperity and growth depend on their power to absorb and refine the creme-de-la-crème of others and eventually establish their own advantage and uniqueness. This infinite capacity allows Hong Kong to grow and flourish.
Winners: Ho Tzung-hsien

Honourable Mention - The Bau-boo Pavilion

An oval-shaped bamboo scaffolding at the core resembles a bauhinia bloom, the floral emblem of the HKSAR. Enclosed in a glass and steel box, the two elements are integrated to showcase Hong Kong as a multi-faceted, cross-cultural international metropolis.
Winners: Chan Ying-ki, Huang Song

Honourable Mention - A Treasure Box and a Diamond

This design highlights the clarity, coherence, connectivity and creativity of Hong Kong. The design resembles a transparent treasure box encasing a glistening diamond sitting amidst the silky surface of a reflecting pool.
Winners: Tseng Yen-wei, Leung Kam-kong, Cheung Shui-kei, Yuen Wing-bun

Honourable Mention - The Hyper Hub

The Hyper Hub signifies the role play of Hong Kong between the mainland of China and the rest of the world. The pavilion resembles a cube that has been cut and folded out to allow a walk-through experience that reinforces the connections between various elements of the city.
Winners: Cheung Kuo-yue, Wong Siu-ming

Honourable Mention - MultipliCITY

This design makes use of interwoven modules representing the Chinese character 'ren' (people) to portray Hong Kong as a multi-faceted network connected by individuals with unlimited potential.
Winners: Yeung Tse-ngok, Leung Tung-leong