Architecture of Shade – Kinetic Playground

Architecture of Shade / Kinetic Playground is an experimental pavilion structure which invites the audience to explore the relationship between the body and space.

The curatorial framework set by the organiser aims to activate the public space and fostering local community engagement and exchange of ideas through commissioning of art project. In response the design concept of the kinetic pavilion draws its inspirations from cultural understanding of our landscape which have dramatically been altered with saturation of digital media and ubiquitous mobile devices we use to read our urban space.

The pavilion serves two main functions: during the normal use, it provides much needed additional amenity space for the venue. The pavilion also has sensors and able to dynamically respond to surrounding environment, light and wind sensors control the main canopy to open when its sunny and close to protect itself when the wind become too strong. During the special event, the pavilion transform itself to become the stage for contemporary dance performance. In collaboration with the local dance group, Unlock, special dance performance were choreographed that tells the narrative of how the animals encounter man-made system and having to find a way to adapt. For the performance, part of the pavilion structure transforms into the wearable device with Computer Vision camera sensors. Provision of additional display monitors that shows the graphic interface of the interactive system, combined with coloured lighting and specially composed ambient sound enhance atmosphere for the performance.

During the design development phase, in addition to core architectural design team within our studio, design process required careful co-ordination and was realised through result of a unique collaboration between a diverse range of disciplines including architecture, structural, electronic and mechanical engineering including pneumatic system specialists, computer programmer, artist, fashion designer, CNC fabricator and contractor, composer, choreographer, dancer and the dedicated client and organiser who generously provided support to help maintain the design intent and realise the completion of the installation.

We feel this collaborative design approach to spatial creation reflects today’s needs to address complex issues facing our urban environment with pressing issues on climate, socio-cultural, and demographic change, and especially the increasingly metamorphosis transformation of our physical space saturated with digital media.


Type: Kinetic Installation
Location: Oi! At Oil Street, Hong Kong
Scope: Concept, Design, Fabrication and Installation
Project Team: Concept and Project Co-ordination Yutaka Yano, Sarah Lee / Kinetic System Fabrication Nisham Limbu, Lok Yee Lee Lara, Leung Tak Mei, Lilly, KT, Cheung Lok Hang Henrik, Yeh Yi Hsin Celia, Vanessa, Shuwei Wang, John Lau Kai Yin, Olivia Si / Software Programming and Mechanical and Electronic Engineering Andrew Lee, Ming Sum Yau, Wong Hang Chit / Sound Design Osamu Yano / Choreography and Dance Performance UNLOCK / Production House Ming Hing Development / Pneumatic system design and supplier Kris Ip, Wah Fu Machinery Company /
Organiser: Oi! At Oil Street, LIN Mei Kiu Ivy,  CHU SHui Ping Jennifer, HO Yim Ting Vicky, TANG Shue Fung and Oi! At Oil Street team