Recipient of several awards including the 2014 Golden Pin Design Award in the Interior Design category and 2013 Perspective Award in the Institutional/ Public Space category, the Golden Moon is a temporary architectural structure that explores how Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive and captivating public event space.

Golden Moon - Temporary architectural structure designed by Lead - 01Entrance By Night (Photography by Grandy Lui)

Designed by Hong Kong & Antwerp-based architectural design practice Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design (LEAD), the installation was first built for the 2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland and was on display for 6 days in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. The Golden Moon revisits the concept of a Chinese lantern and makes a direct link to the Mid-Autumn Festival legend of Moon Goddess Chang’e who can only meet her husband Houyi on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, when the moon is at its fullest and most beautiful.

Golden Moon - Temporary architectural structure designed by Lead - 02Crowd during nighttime (Photography by Pano Kalogeropoulos)

To symbolize the passionate love burning between them, the 6-storey-high, spherical moon lantern is clad with abstracted flames in fiery colours and patterns. The Golden Moon was built in only 11 days and shows how, through a combination of state-of-the-art digital design technology and traditional hand craftsmanship, complex geometry can be built at high speed and low cost with the simplest of means.

Golden Moon - Temporary architectural structure designed by Lead - 03Entrance By Night (Photography by Grandy Lui)

It rethinks the premise of digital design by anchoring the paradigm in a strong materiality. With nearly 500,000 visitors during its 6-day lifespan, the pavilion used its dynamic space, structure, colour, texture and light to trigger a sensuous response from its visitors.

Golden Moon - Temporary architectural structure designed by LeadEntrance By Night (Photography by Grandy Lui)

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Exterior View (Photography by Hong Kong Tourism Board)

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Exterior View perspective (Photography by Grandy Lui)

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Watch the video of the making of the Golden Moon:

+ Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design (LEAD)

 

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