News / December 2017
Monday 4 December 2017
Footprints: an immersive experience at Hong Kong’s music and arts festival

An immersive transitional passage offered a unique experience for visitors at Hong Kong's largest music and arts festival, Clockenflap. Envisaged as a cave-like architectural structure, Footprints was the result of a creative collaboration between HASSELL, Greater Group, S&techs and TRO for the much-loved festival that was visited by over 70,000 people this year. 

As part of the overall festival theme this year of myth creation, the design team explored the idea of connecting with the original medium of storytelling and myth-making in one of the earliest social places where stories were created to be discovered – the cave.

“The installation needed to be a thought-provoking, memorable spatial and sensory experience for a wide variety of festival-goers – from children to adults. Our team set out to create a secret moment ‘away’ to take sanctuary from the festival during both the daytime and night-time activity,” said Tom Herron, Principal.

From a distance, Footprints appeared as a negative, rectilinear box dissolving into the landscape, simultaneously referencing the surrounding mirrored surfaces of Hong Kong’s high rise architecture, while reflecting the immediate yet transient reality of festival activity. In contrast, upon entering the mysterious mirrored box, there was an immediate sense of intimacy as visitors were surrounded by a curved interior passageway reminiscent of an ancient cave. And adding to the sense of discovery and delight were punctured holes throughout the exterior, offering indirect views towards the curved, embracing internal form.

“Installations such as these are a great way to explore and test design ideas, and a fantastic way to connect directly with the community in the cities we work in,” said Tom. 

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