Golden Moon pavilion by LEAD

Hong Kong& Antwerp based architectural design and research practice Laboratory for Explorative Architecture& Design have created ‘Golden Moon’, a temporary architectural structure that combines Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship with contemporary design techniques to create highly expressive and captivating public area.

The Golden Moon refers to a Chinese lantern and makes a direct link to the Mid-Autumn Festival legend of Moon Goddess Chang’e. According to the mith, the Goddess can only meet her husband Houyi on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, when the moon is at its fullest and most beautiful.

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.

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.

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