DRAGON SKIN PAVILION (2012, Hong Kong)

The Dragon Skin Pavilion is an architectural installation designed and built for the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. The structure challenges and explores the spatial, tactile, and material possibilities that architecture can offer by revolutions in digital fabrication and manufacturing technology. It inspires passers-by to reimagine the space we live in today if tomorrow’s technologies are combined with industries present in this region – “made in Hong Kong”, and later “made in China”. The installation is a highly experimental temporary structure designed from 163 unique pieces of post-formable plywood, a brand new and environmentally friendly material.

The pavilion is the product of a collaboration between LEAD and EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research (Tampere University of Technology, Finland) and builds up on expertise from a first prototype constructed during our workshop “IWS 17 – Material Design & Digital Fabrication“.

VIDEO | Dragon Skin – The Making Of! (high-res version)

DESIGN | Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange, Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen
DATES | 15 February 2012 to 23 April 2012
ORGANISATION | 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY | Dennis Lo Designs

AWARDS | 2012 Design for Asia Award – Bronze Award

SPECIAL THANKS TO | Gilles Retsin, Anderson Lee, Gene K. King, Liam Taylor, Anssi Joutsiniemi, Kimmo Ylä-Anttila, Staffan Lodenius, Ricci Wong, Kevin Ng, Frank Ho, Anes Jacupovic, Ilkka Lindberg, Milla Vuorinen, Olli Hongisto, llkka Ala-Fossi, Maria Laisi, Hannu Saunaluoma, Jyri Tartia, Jonathan Hilden, Aleksi Rastas, Joonas Ala-Karvia, Ville Leivo, Thomas Miyauchi, Tomi Itäniemi, Lilli Mustila, Erkka Peltonen, Markus Heinonen, Saana Koivusalo, Antti Keskinen, Katja Virta, Olli Metso, Anna Hakula, Aija Rimpeläinen, Law Wai Yue Ruby,Choi kit Wang, Chan Yiu Kwan Bill, Chan Kit Wai, Lai Wing Fung, Chan Ming Tsun, Calvin, Chow Lik Hang Josiah