K11 MUSEA is envisioned as the new cultural-retail destination in Hong Kong. From the Escalating Climbers and the hovering Oculus to the rustic, hand-painted maroon spandrels that add fluidity to the cavernous space, the grand atrium which is called the Opera Theatre creates an otherworldly theatrical effect to its overall architectural design. It is an amalgamation of creativity, innovation, digital craftsmanship, and artisanal spirit.
Hovering above the 33-meter-tall grand atrium, the Oculus creates a magnificent chamber volume for visitors to pause, gather, and interact. Inspired by the architecture of classical cathedrals, our design is an intricate organic vault sculpture made of a network of branches embracing two seven-meter-wide skylights.
Digitally designed and generated using programming codes similar to DNAs, and fabricated using a composite of bent steel with glass-fiber-reinforced polymer, none of the 500 branches are identical. Hundreds of programmable spotlights embedded in the branches animate and pulse collectively to create a soothing and natural environment throughout the day.
Escalating Climbers is an organic sculpture that marks the threshold of K11 MUSEA’s grand atrium. Like a sprawling rhizome, the design enlivens the upward motion of the escalators. With rustic paintwork hand-painted on-site, the overhead spandrel peels off to reveal the rhizomatic stems, which sprouts, bifurcates, and weaves to grow an organic network over the escalator. The Escalating Climbers was meticulously handcrafted from stainless steel and formed an ongoing spatial dialogue with the Oculus for visitors to ponder. It forms an intimate stage for any performance during events and festive celebrations.
The Artisan Lounge is a living and dining room of the K11 MUSEA Opera Theatre, where visitors can enjoy food and drinks while immersing in the artisanal quality of the grand atrium.
Three components, the Café, the Bar, and the Shop, define the Artisan Lounge. Situated under the Oculus, the Café is a sit-down area where food and drinks are served. The Bar is a casual hangout space where people can sit or stand while enjoying their drinks. Next to the Bar, the Shop sells on-the-go drinks and cakes, as well as special souvenirs of the K11 MUSEA.
Together, the Café, the Bar, and the Shop orchestrate a welcoming entrance experience in the K11 MUSEA Opera Theatre.
World Architecture Festival
Best Interior Award (China)
Prix Versailles 2020 Winner
MUSE Design Awards
Interior Design and Digital Crafts
New World Development
Speirs Major, KPF, ABConcept, RLP, LWK, Yasuhiro Kaneda, Arup Structure, WSP, Rider Levett Bucknall, L&L
Otto Ng, Ho Tsun Ming, Gordon Yuen, Eugene Tse, Melody Siu, Venus Lung, Brian Cheung, Michael Cheung, Daisy Lam, Catherine Cheng, Kelvin Lam, Chun Hang Yip