Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland is a highlight of the Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). The centrepiece – a giant lantern installation measuring 18 metres in height and approximately 21 metres
in diameter, installed atop a water pool – was the winning design in the lantern-design competition organised specifically for the occasion by the HKTB, with support from the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong Designers Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
The name “Golden Moon” comes from the giant, spherical shape of the lantern sculpture. Gold also alludes to “fortune” and the colour of autumn.
The “Golden Moon” design revisits the traditional Chinese lantern. It is a sculpture of light that makes a direct link to the legend of Chang’e – the Moon Goddess of Immortality – whose story is strongly associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival. The “Golden Moon” symbolises the love between Chang’e and her husband Houyi.
The “Golden Moon” sculpture measures approximately 21 metres in diameter and 18 metres in height.
It is constructed with a steel frame, bamboo, stretch fabric, LED lights and suspended lanterns. A light-weight steel geodesic dome forms its primary structure. Using traditional bamboo scaffolding techniques, bamboo is bent around the geodesic dome to form the secondary structure. The sculpture is then clad with stretch fabric, each section of which is lit by animated LED lights in order to create different lighting effects.
The giant sculpture sits in a pool and is surrounded by dozens of floating Chinese lanterns. A pathway has been built through the pool so that spectators can walk inside the structure to appreciate its interior design. The inside is filled with suspended lanterns, which illuminate the scene with a constantly varying brightness, creating a cloud of animated light.
Biography of the Designers of “Golden Moon” – Kristof Crolla & Adam Fingrut
“Golden Moon” was designed by two architects – Kristof Crolla, from Belgium and Adam Fingrut, from Canada. Both of them currently live and work in Hong Kong.
Kristof Crolla combines his Hong Kong-Antwerp-based architectural practice “Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd” (LEAD) with a part-time assistant professorship at the University of Hong Kong. After graduating Magna Cum Laude at Ghent University and practising in Belgium, he moved to London in 2005 to take the Master of Architecture programme “Design Research Laboratory” at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). His student team’s work was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Following this, he worked for several years as lead architect for Zaha Hadid Architects, while teaching in parallel at the AA and other institutions worldwide. Crolla moved to Hong Kong in 2010 and received the “40 under 40” 2012 – Architecture Award organised by Perspective Magazine, and the “Excellence Award” in the Hong Kong Designers Association Global Design Awards 2011. His recently completed LEAD projects include the Shine Fashion store in Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay and the Dragon Skin Pavilion for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture 2012.
Adam Fingrut received his bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture of Carleton University in Canada. He went on to pursue his master’s degree at UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design in the US, where he was the recipient of the Chao-Di Su and the Edgardo Contini Fellowships – top honours for theoretical and design work. Fingrut also has a background in computation and worked as a software developer before changing careers. He practised architecture in Canada and the US before moving to Hong Kong in 2011. Since then he has been working as a design architect and playing a part in the thriving Hong Kong design culture. His recent projects range in scale from small installation art and pavilions, to extra-large hospitality and infrastructural architecture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines.