KAPKAR / DPF-4B | The Sea of Time
2019 Bi-City Biennale of Shenzhen
Dapeng Fortress New District, Shenzhen, China
A social space for multifunctional hospitality
Shenzhen is a city that was founded only 40 years ago, the area however has been inhabited for hundreds of years and has a military history of more than 600 years (1394 A.D.). This awareness should be much more part of the cultural identity of this tech metropolis. I therefore consider Dapeng an anchor point in the historical awareness of Shenzhen. The fort village that is just a few steps away from the sea forms an interesting contrast with the surrounding leisure environment of the seaside resort and the urban typology around it.
KAPKAR / DPF-4B is an installation that has been designed with location specific elements from Dapeng Fortress as the starting point. It uses the reinterpretation of local building elements. The buttresses of the granary, the stacking of architectural wooden structures in Chinese architecture, and the faint gable roofs that are everywhere present there. Also the elegant wooden mortise and tenon joint signs, present in historical architecture. These four elements have been brought together in a new futuristic appearance that with its orange color, derived from the work clothes of the cleaners of Dapeng, forms a fascinating contrast with the historic environment. Elements from the past have been placed back in the environment in a transformed way and give a completely different perspective on the local building culture. With a reminisce about the past it experiences imagination of the future. The installation is located in front of the old granary in the heart of the ancient village, at the entrance of the exhibition. It is a hub between inside and outside. In the evening the object gives a soft mysterious light, a beacon in the darkness.
The futuristic constellation derived from existing elements appears to work like a magnet. From the first minute on children break free out of the arms of their parents and run immediately towards the installation and climb on it. Some of them use it as a stage to act as if there is no audience, inspired to perform something out of their own mind. Six children at the same time is no exception and there is always room for one more. Families use it as a lunch place, a décor for a happy portrait and some take a seat to chat or check the cellphone. KAPKAR/ DPF-4B is a social space for multifunctional hospitality.
Among others with: Xu Tan, MAP Office, Francis Sollano, Asma Kazmi and Xu Liang.
Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2019
Dapeng Fortress official Sub-Venue of the 8th UABB ‘The Sea of Time’
curated by Yang Yong
December 25 2019 – March 29 2020
Concept, design and controle: Studio Frank Havermans
Installation (metal, acrylic glass, lights, paint) | L x W x H: 3.03 × 5.72 × 2.5 m
Technical drawings: Denis Bacal, The Hague
Manufacturing: Liao Welding, Shenzhen
Photography: Li Yiting
Photography use as a social space: Studio Frank Havermans
The Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2019 is the only biennial exhibition in the world based exclusively on urbanism and urbanization. The 8th edition of the Biennale will launch in Shenzhen on 25 December 2019, with the theme “Urban Interactions”.
The exhibition at the Futian Railway Station has set up eight sub-venues in other districts of the city to interconnect with the Futian Railway, completing an organically interactive network throughout the city: the districts of Yantian, Bao an, Longgang, Longhua, Guangming, Dapeng New District and Qianhai Free Trade Zone.
Dapeng new district Sub-venue is located in Dapeng Fortress. Established in the 27th year of the Hongwu Reign during the Ming Dynasty (1394 A.D.), Dapeng Fortress has a history of more than 600 years. Well preserved to this day, it is the historical site of largest area and highest class in Shenzhen. Representatives of well-known architects, planners, artists and designers will be invited to explore into the public and cultural spaces in Dapeng Fortress by using or upgrading the public building and landscape spaces in view of the local culture, thus realize connectivity and interaction.