At New World De­vel­op­ment’s Mount Pav­ilia in Clear Wa­ter Bay, art and cre­ativ­ity are a way of life, not just a part of life


OUNT PAV­ILIA, a strik­ing res­i­den­tial com­plex in Clear Wa­ter Bay de­vel­oped by New

World Group's The Ar­ti­sanal Move­ment, is a pi­o­neer­ing project that her­alds the lifestyle of the fu­ture, says new gen­er­a­tion tastemaker and New World De­vel­op­ment's Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-Chair­man and Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian Chi-kong Cheng.

With their com­bi­na­tion of artistry, con­tem­po­rary phi­los­o­phy and hu­man­is­tic ap­proach, sculp­ture parks trended in the 1980s. Chicago's Mil­len­nium Park, Ja­pan's Hakone Open Air Mu­seum and the York­shire Sculp­ture Park are no­table ex­am­ples.

Mount Pav­ilia com­bines res­i­den­tial liv­ing with a sculp­ture park that of­fers per­son­alised liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of self-dis­cov­ery for res­i­dents. It also makes art ac­ces­si­ble to all, echo­ing Cheng's demo­cratic cre­ative sen­ti­ment.

Four art­works by renowned artists have been del­i­cately cre­ated for Mount Pav­ilia Sculp­ture Park. Hong Kong's Kum Chi-Ke­ung, main­land artist Gao Weigang, Italy's Ta­tiana Trouvé and France's Jean-Michel Othoniel, have crafted pieces which act like a mise-en-scene with na­ture, al­low­ing res­i­dents to touch, even lie on and “be­come” part of the art­works.

Each artist con­jured their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the words “Home and Fam­ily,” and cre­ated work with unique char­ac­ter­is­tics that would in­spire res­i­dents to de­velop their own cre­ative in­ter­pre­ta­tions of ar­ti­sanal liv­ing.

Kum's Share is a sym­bol of wis­dom and health, whereby the cut-out sec­tion of an ap­ple acts as a sculp­tural bench for view­ers to ap­pre­ci­ate the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and in­te­grate with na­ture. Gao's Home, made from the tra­di­tional child's toy of build­ing blocks, sym­bol­ises shared hap­pi­ness without borders and re­flects the in­ti­macy in fam­ily life.

Othoniel, whose foun­tain sculp­tures grace the gar­dens of the Palace of Ver­sailles in France and is rep­re­sented by Ga­lerie Per­rotin, uses rows of glass beads to draw curves and re­flect the har­mony be­tween Clear Wa­ter Bay and Mount Pav­ilia. A bronze mat­tress draped over a con­crete wall as if in bal­ance rep­re­sents Ta­tiana Trouvé's Water­fall. Wa­ter trick­les from the mat­tress to the ground. It's a men­tal and spa­tial trick, whereby ma­te­rial space and form con­verge with im­ma­te­rial time and mem­ory.

And there is a mas­sive play­ground. Mount Pav­ilia is tai­lored for fam­i­lies and pro­vides low-den­sity liv­ing ar­eas to con­nect peo­ple, art and na­ture. The en­vi­ron­ment will stim­u­late chil­dren's imag­i­na­tions and in­spire their eight in­tel­li­gences. Am­s­ter­dam's award-win­ning Carve Stu­dio cre­ated a one-of-a-kind chil­dren's ad­ven­ture area of about 17,000 sq ft. Five dif­fer­ent multi-in­tel­li­gence in­door and out­door play ar­eas will help kids de­velop mentally, so­cially and phys­i­cally. Let's call them lit­tle uni­verse's of in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­ity.

“Ev­ery­thing is tai­lor made, the pool, and the play­ground,” say the Carve Stu­dio team. “The play area gives an op­por­tu­nity for kids to be away from their par­ents, but still be a safe en­vi­ron­ment. With the play­ground, ev­ery­thing is con­nected and noth­ing is lim­ited by age.”

But adults want to have fun, too. And they will.

Serv­ing all res­i­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers, the White Yard com­prises a club house, the White Yard Club, and re­tail block, the White Yard Gallery. The White Yard was de­signed by renowned Korean ar­chi­tect and Venice Bi­en­nale Golden Lion award win­ner Min­suk Cho.

“The hand­made qual­ity of the build­ings are all about cre­at­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Cho.

In the club­house, the four il­lus­tra­tions of the sculp­tures are shown as an ex­tended con­cept of art and liv­ing.

The res­i­dents will have the chance to take on the mantra of ar­ti­sanal liv­ing. “The en­tire club­house and de­vel­op­ment has a liq­uid and fluid theme. It leaves room for spe­cial mo­ments; seem­ingly walk­ing through a gallery aisle, a sur­prise is set at the end, a half-sized bas­ket­ball court with

with a 3D-like hand­made brick dome ceil­ing,” Cho says.

The ap­prox­i­mately 340,000-sq-ft club­house and land­scape area adopt a range of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment con­cepts in­clud­ing or­ganic farms, aquapon­ics and hy­dro­pon­ics. The project has BEAM Plus cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Hong Kong Green Build­ing Coun­cil.

Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment is cen­tral to main­tain­ing a bal­anced ecol­ogy at Mount Pav­ilia, which fea­tures wind tur­bines and so­lar pan­els, among other at­tributes. The fam­ily ur­ban farm en­cap­su­lates green liv­ing in an ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional walk. Plant­ing gar­dens and an ed­u­ca­tion area al­low chil­dren and par­ents to plant crops to­gether and ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture's ecosys­tems through aquapon­ics and hy­dro­pon­ics. The din­ing and bar­be­cue area al­lows res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the process of pre­par­ing a meal from scratch while cher­ish­ing the im­por­tance of food re­sources and re­duc­ing waste.

Sup­ple­ment­ing the club­house, land­scape and farm, there are about 400 me­tre-long hik­ing trails, an al­most 100-me­tre-long art trail, and an ap­prox­i­mately 950-me­tre cy­cling track, al­low­ing res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence all that na­ture has to of­fer in the com­fort of their own home, thus cre­at­ing a healthy new lifestyle tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual tastes: an em­bod­i­ment of The Ar­ti­sanal Move­ment.

Ul­ti­mately, New World De­vel­op­ment per­pet­u­ates the mantra: “We cre­ate, we are artisans”. The Ar­ti­sanal Move­ment be­lieves peo­ple sur­rounded by fine crafts­man­ship and shar­ing the ar­ti­san spirit in their souls will be awak­ened. Think of it as cre­ative epiphany.

Mount Pav­ilia shows how this no­tion trans­lates into every­day life. Also de­signed by Min­suk, the com­mer­cial area is smart and stream­lined in ap­pear­ance. On the top floor of the gallery, chi art space ex­hibits art­works for the com­mu­nity while also es­tab­lish­ing a plat­form for Clear Wa­ter Bay and sur­round­ing art en­thu­si­asts to cre­ate an arts com­mu­nity close to their homes.

Min­suk's use of glass and white con­crete plays with nat­u­ral light and cre­ates a strong sense of space through­out. It's sim­i­lar to a more in­ti­mate Guggen­heim, New York, with art­work to match. Chi art space's cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion boasts a se­lec­tion of thought­pro­vok­ing art pieces from K11 Kol­lec­tion – can­vases and in­stal­la­tions by the likes of Alex Prager, John Baldessari and Tony Oursler, among a host of global art lu­mi­nar­ies.

Mount Pav­ilia makes art and cre­ativ­ity a way of life, of­fer­ing be­spoke space that pro­vides an in­vi­ta­tion to dream, the feel­ing of be­ing at one with na­ture and with one­self. It is an el­e­vated stan­dard for res­i­den­tial projects un­der The Ar­ti­sanal Move­ment.

The lifestyle of the fu­ture starts here.

Clock­wise from be­low: A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from award-win­ning Carve Stu­dio in­spects the climb­ing frame; en­trance to the White Yard Club; Share, 2015, by Kum Chi-Ke­ung

Adrian Cheng, vi­sion­ary, over­sees New World 3.0, where he is the mas­ter­mind of projects un­der The Ar­ti­sanal Move­ment – The Pav­ilia Hill, Sky­park and Mount Pav­ilia – that com­bine art, na­ture, sus­tain­abil­ity and fam­ily liv­ing

Pre­vi­ous: Gao Weigang’s Home Clock­wise from above: Clear Wa­ter Bay’s Re­bounds, 2015, Jean-Michel Othoniel; de­tail from Ta­tiana Trouvé’s Water­fall, 2013

Clock­wise from be­low: Ar­chi­tect Min­suk Cho; the White Yard Club, an ex­quis­ite space for res­i­dents; a view of Mount Pav­ilia’s White Yard; the strik­ing bas­ket­ball court

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