LAAB | Playable Journey · Yoho
LAAB is a collective of architects, designers, and makers in Hong Kong led by Yip Chun Hang and Otto Ng. Projects include public architecture, interior design, interactive art, digital fabrication, and transformable apartment.
Yip Chun Hang, Otto Ng, 葉晉享, 吳鎮麟, hk architect, hk interior design, fabrication, parametric, transformable, smart home, smart city, playground, microflat, museum design, small home, exhibition, landscape, social design, architect, architecture, designers. interior, interactive design, architects, fab, lab, makers
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Project

Playable Journey · Yoho

Client

Sun Hung Kai Properties

Team

Carolyn, Hon, Edbert, Ming, Yazh, Happy, Catherine, Hang, Ricci, Otto, with the support of Wai Kang

Photography

Otto, Ricci

Category
Architecture, Art
About This Project

 

Located at the Yoho mall in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, a residential area where many young families reside, “playable art” was an interactive artwork that combines “arts”, “fun” and “community”.

 

LAAB believes that arts and architecture should not be something that are out of touch. With this principle, we created “Playable Arts” to enhance not only human interaction but also interaction between humans and arts as well. We also want to change the idea that “playing” is only for kids because adults too, deserve fun. As a result, we created a set of interactive artwork that invites “kidults” (i.e., adults and kids) to play with our artwork.

 

In this outdoor space, we used the architecture languages of dots, ovals, and spheres to create four pieces of playable art— “Color Circus”, “Flying Roof”, “Infinite Loop”, “Rocking Boom”

 

“Color Circus” was a “typographical space” created by four big letters Y, O, H, O. During the installation period, we saw kids and adults sitting on, crawling through, jumping up and down, the four letters.

 

“Flying Roof” was a set of “ball swings” under a colorful layer of canopies. The structural concept came from “swing dance.” Just like dancing legs, the structural poles were slanted, and the canopies above connected all the poles like joint hands. On breezy sunny days, the intersecting canopies projected a comfortable layer of shadow and moved as the swing moved.

 

“Infinite Loop” was a castle-like curved slide. The idea of a curve-shape slide came from neighborhood children who ran in endless circles around the playground. To enhance excitement, we widened the slide, added a small tunnel, and a child-friendly staircase. We also inserted climbing holes near the castle entrance so that “kidults” would have to climb up before they slide down. This design not only made sliding more fun, but also prevented congestion at the top. The lighting sphere served as a visible beacon. It also symbolized a full moon to celebrate mid-autumn festival when Playable Arts was first open.

 

“Rocking Boom” consisted of two pairs of cross-seating seesaw around a movable built-in maze board game. As one sat on the seesaw, the ping-pong ball inside the maze also changed its direction. The balancing force of four people on the seesaw would control direction of the ball, and with group efforts the ball could reach destination to complete the game.

 

As “kidults” played with our art installations, they also learned how to maneuver arts and become parts of the arts themselves. At such, arts are no longer static installations, but integrated into human lives as well.

 

We designed the four installations with parametric modelling software (Rhino and Grasshopper) to streamline the design process. We optimized the overall design for structural integrity, cost efficiency, and safety, while maintaining the original design intent to make things fun. For example, the structure of Flying Roof has been negotiated for safety, and the discs over the roof was generated after taking into consideration of fabrication cost and their effect under sunshine.

 

LAAB一直深信藝術和建築不應拒人於千里,要用心把人帶到建築藝術之中,創造與作品互動的體驗。在這大型戶外空間內,LAAB特意為大家設計「玩.藝」之旅,以不同形態的圓點、圓形、環形和球體為建築語言,設計成四件激發想像的大型玩藝裝置,為社區營造新的生活據點。不管是小孩還是大人,都可遊走於這結合建築和藝術的旅程當中,享受人與人之間的互動,切實地體驗藝術、探索生活。

 

‪Color Circus

由Y-O-H-O英文字拼砌而成,將文字設計成一個實體媒介,並成為裝置藝術。大眾可隨意將英文字當成椅子或攀爬裝置或拍照背景,藉此拉近人與人之間的距離。

 

‪‪Infinite Loop

這是一條巨型又寬闊的迴轉滑梯, 不管大人或小孩都可以探秘索隱藏的角落,也可爬過滑梯上的攀石點,滑下滑梯或在高空俯瞰附近的環境。

 

‪Flying Roof

LAAB夥拍來自東京的金田泰裕結構工程事務所, 以多方向反震盪的目標為藍本,設計支架結構的動感「舞姿」,撐起大大小小的彩色圓盤,讓大人和小孩可以在森林樹蔭下盪鞦韆,慵懶地與親朋好友共渡午後的小時光!

 

Rocking Boom

LAAB將兒時玩意的搖搖板重新演繹,設計成四個座位的搖搖桌。桌上的迷宮城,運用了槓桿原理,坐在搖搖板上的朋友們可以引導小球在迷宮中前進,直達終點。