Minsuk Cho designs bridge-linked gallery and clubhouse in Hong Kong

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng worked with architect Minsuk Cho of South Korean studio Mass Studies to design a clubhouse, gallery and eateries for a housing development set within landscaped grounds on Hong Kong‘s Clearwater Bay.

Located on the idyllic eastern shore of the city, the Mount Pavilia complex was commissioned by New World Development as part of a lifestyle concept it calls The Artisanal Movement, which focuses on creativity, craftsmanship and community.

The complex combines low-rise housing with a landscaped sculpture park, a gallery, an onsite restaurant, bar and cafe, as well as an organic food store.

Minsuk Cho, who was awarded the Golden Lion for best pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, designed a pair of bright white buildings that provide a clubhouse and retail spaces. The project is Cho’s first in Hong Kong.

A sweeping bridge connects the two blocks to form a gateway to the development, which includes 680 apartments set in 270,000 square metres of landscaping.

“This project is located on the corner of a linear string of residential blocks. The new design proposal naturally links two edges of the residential buildings by creating a continuity,” said Cho. “The building is constantly creating new gallery experiences and surprising journeys throughout all levels.”

“It provides a vibrant setting for the residents of this comprehensive development, and further invites and allows neighbours and outsiders to engage with the various activities, with a luring first-impression of the entire complex,” he added. “This entry gateway acts as a large framed window into the community within, and vice versa.”

The White Yard Club features a combination of flat and wavy glazed facades that faces a sunken swimming pool, and contains lounges, games and music rooms, as well as sports courts and a gym.

The building is made from a combination of white concrete and brick, with a delicate perforated blockwork screen…

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