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HONG KONG CLUB GREAT WALL

THE HONG KONG CLUB GREAT WALL 

Client: THE HONG KONG CLUB

Architect: RICHARD & BASMAJIAN

Location: The Hong Kong Club Office building, HONG KONG

Year: 2009

Material: Sichuan Yellow Sandstone

Dimensions: 22M X 3,5M X 0,7M

 

 

Opened on the 26th May 1846, the Hong Kong Club is the first Gentlemen’s Club in Hong Kong. As the most exclusive club, its members are among the most influential people in the city including senior government officials, senior local business man and the heads of the major trading firms.

After 167 years of existence the Hong Kong Club Building is currently in its third generation, in its second location. The Club’s first premises were situated on Queen’s road and seats now at 1 Jackson Road overlooking the cenotaph. And the last refurbishment celebrates the full ownership returned to the Club after 25 years of management by Hong Kong Land. 

Form my first contacts with the Club until the sculpture installation, this project has been for me very exciting as well as challenging. 

Created just after the first Opium war, the Club and its members have been the witnesses, if not the architects, of Hong Kong growth through the years and holds the greatest part of the city’s history and probably the most important secrets. 

The location was as well very challenging for a monumental sculpture presence. The Hong Kong Club Building entrance is a 20 meters long by 3 meters wide narrow corridor. The lecture of the piece could not have been done from a single focal point of view but needed a more dynamic interaction.

Through its aesthetic dimension sculpture and architecture goes beyond the functional aspects that they have in common with other human sciences. And it is in this dynamic time and space context that I’ve designed the Hong Kong Club Great Wall as a formal time machine. 

According to Albert Einstein, the very important point of his theory is to realize that the masse is nothing else than energy. Even an object in quiet has got the energy stored in its masse and the relation from the two is due to the famous equation E=mc2, where the velocity is C.

We’re creating here a formal acceleration traveling through the time. And of course, during this acceleration we understand that the corpse change their form when they move.

And therefore, my sculpture, sculpted in Sichuan Yellow Sandstone, starts as you enter the lobby with an abstract flow inspired from the actual Harry Seidler’s building that emerges then into the architecture of the former Victorian Hong Kong Club building that stood on this location 100 years ago, for then a new pixelized and digital elaboration which leads us to the lifts and the offices for a new generation of signs and history.