Moment of Pause

Team Leader:
Sit Siu Pong
Team Member:
Lam Sai Chin

Upon arrival at the entrance of the site, we will immediately see the entrance staircase with two sheet metal walls on its sides, appearing to be cutting into the earth and splitting the earth. One may question why build such high walls here? Curiosity aroused. The reasons to be revealed once entered the trail and completed the journey.

Approaching the staircase and the sheet metal walls, the space converges as we funnel up the steps.  The idea is to create these tight spaces in contrast with the openness of the surrounding.  It acts as a pause moment in the continuous explosion of wow feeling in this magnificent park. Thus, creating a greater contrast to surprise us at the next scene.

Once up the staircase, a locally sourced stone pavement leads the way to the next photo taking spot at the concrete cross.  This short section is designed for those who do not intend to complete the whole trail but want to enjoy the view of East Dam at a higher altitude. The concrete cross is left untouched in its original state, together with the tall vegetation on its sides, it forms a natural pause moment before entering the photo taking platform.  The platform appears to be a small extension growing out of the ground.  It steers and directs us looking towards the deformed rock-columns and reaches out the slope for a 180-degree panoramic view of East Dam and the ocean.  As we exit the platform, we channel through the vegetation tunnel for another pause and await the next surprise.

Walking through the landscape on the rocky soil path, we see a structure in the far distance, a hardly identifiable shape. It guides our way to the next photo shooting point, Kim Chu Wan.  As we move closer, it reveals to be a metal sheet structure bended in a sculptural way forming a bench and a shading enclosure. We pause here to enjoy the scenery of Kim Chu Wan, feel the breeze, listen to the waves, chit chat, or immerse ourselves in the shade of the small enclosure watching the boats pass by in the framed view of the ocean. 

Re-engaging with the path, a short stroll up the hill we arrived at the climax of the journey at Po Pin Chau viewing platform. Again, the concrete cross is left untouched in its original state.  It has earned its popularity in the past for photo shooting and it is a symbol of the site.  It is to be maintained to become the top level of viewing platform in the design. Following the contour of the site and making use of existing flat areas, two other platforms at different levels were planned to allow us to have a closer engagement moment with Po Pin Chau.  The middle platform steers the attention to the ocean, reminding us of the powerful forces of nature that created Po Pin Chau.  The lower platform pointing at Po Pin Chau and reaching out the cliff enables us to feel the broken earth from top down.  It is at this moment, seeing the two cliffs that form a channel, where it reconnects with the sheet metal walls staircase at the beginning of the journey, completing the full circle.

Corten steel is used as the main building material for its parallelism in the weathering process, which take years of time to reveal its beauty like the rock-columns. A progressively aged corten steel is used at different location.  The youngest at the beginning and the oldest at the end, allowing us to sense the change in colour and texture in condensed time.    

The hexagonal rock-column is a naturally formed sculpture to be appreciated by itself.  The subtle insertions in the site desire to elevate the hiking journey through a sequence of pause moments that reveal inner serenity and a break from busy city life.