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Caterina Barbon, Tommaso Petrosino, Matteo Vianello

Officina Opera

Venice, Italy
Caterina Barbon, Tommaso Petrosino and Matteo Vianello decided to share the last two years of study at IUAV of Venice. They graduated together in 2017, developing a project for the city of Hong Kong. They are currently starting some personal works together, calling themselves as Officina Opera.

New New Territories


Water as new Land

New New Territories


Water as new Land
A project for a city between temporality and permanence, infrastructure and public spaces, landscape and city.
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Building a settlement on the water for answering to the constant increase of housing demand in Hong Kong, it offers the possibility to deal with contemporary cities’ complexities, giving at the same time less constraints in the elaboration of new strategies.
The project strategy is set by two considerations: the first it deals with the main implications related to the floating settlements, the second it reflects on the opportunity given by the water’s surface as a new new territory to be settled.
The research underlined a lack of clear strategies that belongs to both the themes, giving the project the opportunity to develop new strategies and operative tools for further floating settlements.
The result is a complex urban infrastructure, where the public spaces become the regulation tool of the whole settlement, while different steps of temporality are assigned to each element of the structure, giving the possibility to be adaptable to different demographic scenarios.


If water becomes an unknown land, a “New” New Territory - to recall the history of Hong Kong development - fated to be colonized, the approach to the design of a floating settlement brings with it the image of a new frontier, whose wildness challenges the pioneer‘s ingenuity, trying to transcribe and translate normal practices in new solutions, suitable to face ad interact with a situation that is not yet familiar.

The uncertain nature of the founding element recalls the traits of this image: a breakwater dam that protects the bay, an embankment that produces energy, a massive drinkable water tank and a surface that offers welfare services and public spaces for the community. Above this complex element, the arch of the pedestrian bridge keeps a light, but comforting link with the mainland, creating a new dialogue with the context.

There is a fundamental choice to be made in designing a village on the water: we can think about a floating settlement, a fleet of small boats or a massive ocean liner that everything includes, or we can try to transport the primitive certainties of the mainland stability in a context that endlessly denies them.

Inside this skeleton, beside the residential units, designed to embrace and accommodate the inhabitants' everyday life, we can also find small commercial spaces, restaurants and various services, in a functional mixing that recalls the Tokyo typical "upstairs shops", widespread condition also in Hong Kong city.

The density is not only a matter of numbers but the opportunity to develop new design experiences, focused on the rewriting of the spontaneous practises that the density itself generates. The floating residential units are the most ephemeral and dual elements of the system: the modular structure allow a great flexibility in term of space and function, while the necessity of an easy and fast building process, eventually reversible, determines the choices about materials and detail solutions.

New New Territories


Water as new Land

New New Territories


Water as new Land
A project for a city between temporality and permanence, infrastructure and public spaces, landscape and city.
File under

Building a settlement on the water for answering to the constant increase of housing demand in Hong Kong, it offers the possibility to deal with contemporary cities’ complexities, giving at the same time less constraints in the elaboration of new strategies.
The project strategy is set by two considerations: the first it deals with the main implications related to the floating settlements, the second it reflects on the opportunity given by the water’s surface as a new new territory to be settled.
The research underlined a lack of clear strategies that belongs to both the themes, giving the project the opportunity to develop new strategies and operative tools for further floating settlements.
The result is a complex urban infrastructure, where the public spaces become the regulation tool of the whole settlement, while different steps of temporality are assigned to each element of the structure, giving the possibility to be adaptable to different demographic scenarios.


If water becomes an unknown land, a “New” New Territory - to recall the history of Hong Kong development - fated to be colonized, the approach to the design of a floating settlement brings with it the image of a new frontier, whose wildness challenges the pioneer‘s ingenuity, trying to transcribe and translate normal practices in new solutions, suitable to face ad interact with a situation that is not yet familiar.

The uncertain nature of the founding element recalls the traits of this image: a breakwater dam that protects the bay, an embankment that produces energy, a massive drinkable water tank and a surface that offers welfare services and public spaces for the community. Above this complex element, the arch of the pedestrian bridge keeps a light, but comforting link with the mainland, creating a new dialogue with the context.

There is a fundamental choice to be made in designing a village on the water: we can think about a floating settlement, a fleet of small boats or a massive ocean liner that everything includes, or we can try to transport the primitive certainties of the mainland stability in a context that endlessly denies them.

Inside this skeleton, beside the residential units, designed to embrace and accommodate the inhabitants' everyday life, we can also find small commercial spaces, restaurants and various services, in a functional mixing that recalls the Tokyo typical "upstairs shops", widespread condition also in Hong Kong city.

The density is not only a matter of numbers but the opportunity to develop new design experiences, focused on the rewriting of the spontaneous practises that the density itself generates. The floating residential units are the most ephemeral and dual elements of the system: the modular structure allow a great flexibility in term of space and function, while the necessity of an easy and fast building process, eventually reversible, determines the choices about materials and detail solutions.


Idea by

Caterina Barbon, Tommaso Petrosino, Matteo Vianello
Officina Opera
Venice
Italy
Caterina Barbon, Tommaso Petrosino and Matteo Vianello decided to share the last two years of study at IUAV of Venice. They graduated together in 2017, developing a project for the city of Hong Kong. They are currently starting some personal works together, calling themselves as Officina Opera.