Oi! has always been dedicated to the building of community and bridging design with everyday lives that celebrate the history and culture of Hong Kong. It has proven through its wide range of exhibitions, events, community activities, sharing and collaborations that heritage and modernity could coexist through design that engages the public and the neighborhood.
▼项目概览，overall of the project ©Jimmy HO
Understanding the diversity of events and programs Oi! offers, we try to devise a proposal that is inspired by traditional objects while bestowing upon it a modern interpretation to cater for the flexible uses, layouts and programs so that the intervention is not static but dynamic and changeable. It could evolve based on contexts and occasions with the community.
▼手绘分析图，sketches ©Napp Studio & Architects
Benches are very mundane objects in HK public spaces but they contribute so much to the culture and communities of Hong Kong. From dai pai dong wood benches in the old days to a common bench in a contemporary park in Hong Kong, benches provide a social space for resting, chatting, playing or even dining.
▼灵感源自旧时代大排档的木长椅，Inspired by the wooden benches of old food stalls ©Jimmy HO
▼灵活的布局与形式适应不同社区场景，Flexible layout and form to adapt to different community scenes ©Jimmy HO
▼分析图，analysis diagram ©Napp Studio & Architects
While benches could have different forms and functions as stated above, “Branching Benches” tries to reinterpret the benches that could cater to many different community scenarios through a highly mobilizable and modular system. It can change its layout and forms based on where it is placed in Oi! and what is needed based on the different programs or events.
▼俯瞰长椅，over-looking the benches ©Jimmy HO
▼长椅局部，details of the benches ©Jimmy HO
▼金属桌局部，details of the small table made in metal ©Jimmy HO
▼平面图1，plan 1 ©Napp Studio & Architects
▼平面图2，plan 2 ©Napp Studio & Architects
Date: February 2022
Location: Oi!, Hong Kong
Design Team: Aron TSANG, Natalie KO, Wesley HO
Fabricator: Screw Up Studio, Kam Hung Metal
Photographer: Jimmy HO