Borrowed Nature

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Borrowed Nature
Location: Shenzhen
Client: Design Society
Service: Landscape and Art, Installation, Design and Fabrication
Status: Completed
Project Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Roy Ip Tsz Wan, Allan Au, Wing Kiu Lau, Dorothy Kan Kin Leung
Supporting Organisation: This project was realised with kind support from Design Trust and Marisa Yiu

Borrowed Nature is art installation commissioned by Design Society which opened on 1st December 2017 as part of the inaugural ‘Minding The Digital’ exhibition in the Main Gallery.

It is the latest development in our studio research and ongoing exploration in kinetic structures which has been refined and developed in the studio.

In the Digital Encounter zone, Borrowed Nature is part of the exploration of how human and machines intelligence meet in design, and to question where human values such as connections to traditions, craftsmanship and the environment will be integrated in the future.

The exhibition is designed by MVRDV and considers the myriad forms of digital creativities critical to China’s shift from a historic manufacturing centre to its current reinvention as an innovative hub.

Accompanying the exhibition is Minding the Digital’ publication designed by Studio Thonik, edited by Design Society and published by Tongji University Press which features our essay ‘Interpreting Landscape in the Digital Era’.


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Bi-City Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism (Hong Kong)

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Bi-City Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism (Hong Kong)
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Size: Biennale exhibition featuring works of 60 artist, designers and architects
Client: HKIABF
Service: Curation, Exhibition Design, Development of Associated Programs, Forums, Workshops, and Project Management
Status: Completed
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Karen Kwok Nga Lam, Zero Yip Chau Kit, Milky Choi Ying Fung, Yip Wing Siu, Redelle Lee

Sarah and Yutaka were selected as part of the Hong Kong curatorial team led by Professor Christine Hawley for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture * Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale is a three month event that is shared by the two cities under an innovative “Two Cities, One Biennale” approach. Aimed at promoting education and public discussion around a dynamic programme of architecture, urbanism, design and culture, the team bring both a strong international and local approach to what will be the sixth biennale in a sequence of events organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation in association with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and Hong Kong Designers Association.

With over 220,000 visitors during the event period, the highest attendance in the event’s history was made possible through the main exhibition, development of a 3-month programme both at the Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park and satellite venues and online media and gallery. Support from renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and first-time screenings for major documentary films by Edward Burtynsky and Jan Gehl, encouraged a mix of audience and a platform for insightful discussions to be held.

With collaborative support of local universities and institutions, practices and the participants, a diverse programme enabled conversations and a wide range of aspects focused on Hong Kong’s urban environment from the past to the future.


Biennale Publication:

Part-01 Essays and Curatorial Team

Part-02 Exhibitions

Mobile M+ Moving Image Exhibition

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Mobile M+ Moving Image Exhibition
Location: Hong Kong
Client: M+ Museum
Service: Architecture, Interior, Contract Administration
Status: Completed
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Bree Cheuk Ning Law, Yuen Ling Ho, Angelica Kwok

SKY YUTAKA were appointed to design and produce “Mobile M+”, the eighth in a series of pre-opening “nomadic” exhibitions curated by M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, which marks the beginning of the museum’s venture to explore different possibilities of engaging the public without the presence of a building.

This inaugural exhibition is M+’s first Moving Images exhibition, which will showcase the museum’s growing new media collection from contemporary artists from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond in advance of the museum opening scheduled for completion in 2018.

Responding to the challenges of exhibiting in two different spaces in a commercial building and Grade 2 listed heritage building, with a total of 13,000 square feet (1210sqm) with the core exhibits being displayed through film and moving image in the form of digital projection, SKY YUTAKA were engaged in the spatial design, sourcing, programming, production and project management of the exhibition and associated spaces of learning centre to support the education programmes.

Tall Storeys, Travelling Exhibition

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Tall Storeys, Travelling Exhibition
Location: London, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Size: Travelling Exhibition featuring works of renowned Hong Kong Architects
Client: HKIA
Service: Curation, Exhibition Design, Project Management
Status: Completed
SKY YUTAKA Team: Yutaka Yano, Sky Lee, Jeun Diane Lam, Winnie Wai Han Lam

SKY YUTAKA were invited to curate and produce an exhibition to celebrate the achievements of the 50th Anniversary of HKIA Annual Awards, outlining the growth and changes of the architectural profession in the last 50 years through award winning buildings.

Sourcing original archive materials from the HKIA archives since 1958, SKY YUTAKA selected items which brought together a diverse mix of building typologies within a exhibition narrative which would place the projects in a chronological, historical and socio-economic context.

In a four-month period, SKY YUTAKA led a production team taking the project through all stages from concept, research, curatorial direction, sourcing of contents, layout design, design of various movies, exhibition fittings, such as bamboo screens,  tender, construction, installation, opening events, dismantling and shipping back to HK.

With the exhibition venue in a Grade 1 listed building, we undertook careful planning of elements to ensure that all components would be mounted away from any of the existing fabric and venue specific construction and installation would be carefully managed during the building’s ongoing operation.

At the outset, the exhibition contents were in flux and we designed a system which allowed the contents to adapt to suit the exhibition space.  Through design of modular elements and setting a graphic direction this enables us to have flexibility to adopt the design for future exhibitions for all venue types.