Rotterdam-based architecture practice OMA has designed KUBE, an installation sited in front of the main entrance of K11 MUSEA, on Hong Kong’s waterfront. The multi-identity installation has been designed to create an urban landmark, amid the dense skyline of the city, through simple yet engaging geometry.
Created to generate an intimate community space for people and events, the KUBE encourages the local community to stop and experience the city. Situated in front of the ten-story retail and cultural space K11 MUSEA, the project is an invitation for shoppers to take a break, enjoy the surroundings “and be fully present to experience the city”.
The golden cube, which radiates and changes colors under different types of light, houses a local artisan’s coffee brewery. The aluminium finishes that reflect the light, produce time-specific diverse visual aspects of the installation. In fact, the kiosk offers “visitors unique scenes at dawn and dusk, day and night”.
A public space is never complete without a seating space, where people can sit, linger and spend time. The stone dices, adjacent to the cube are an integral part of the installation, passing for outdoor chairs and tables. They can also take on different functions, to assist any type of activity happening on the premises, and encourage cultural programs around that commercial area.