[Kong Wan Fire Station]
Designer設計師：Adonian Chan 陳濬人
The font “Hong Kong Beiwei” was once a font most commonly used in Hong Kong, both among the communities and in official level. It was widely used on street signs, packaging, tea cans, advertisements, publications, notices, even on gravestone. “Hong Kong Beiwei” can easily be found on public facilities & signage. The clean and simple background, tiny font size with wider spacing, the typography arrangement violates the usual reading practice, yet elegant and neat. In this design, CHAN used “Hong Kong Beiwei Zansyu” to recreate the Chinese word of “Fire Station”, and matched it with the modern looking font “Mark Pro” to create a clean look, yet shows the solid foundation of Hong Kong culture subtly.
Designer設計師：Calvin Kwok 郭家榮
“Whenever I saw the red folding gate at a fire station, I would be attracted by the unique shape of the gate and the text on it. Because of the special design of the folding gate, the front of a fire station creates an illusion of a theatre stage when you view it at a distance.” KWOK once developed a font inspired by movies. KWOK decided to incorporate the font to match the unique shape of the gate. Moreover, to add a sense of friendliness to the professional and strict fire department.
Designer：Choi Kim Hung
Developed from stencil form as the basis, the new typography design links with the original type on the gate of the fire station. Not only does the bilingual text represents the unique Hong Kong culture of East-meets-West, it also visualises the speciality of firemen for being reliable and keep up with the times.
Hong Kong has always been a place where the East and the West intersect and where Chinese and Western people congregate. The two languages may be vastly different, yet they are the rare few whose characters can still be clearly distinguished when layered on top of each other. Over decades, this has irrefutably become a literary landscape unique to Hong Kong.
Designer：Mak Kai Hang
Stencil Printing is a traditional industrial printing technique widely used on street shovel, wooden doors, steel, wall and other common materials on the street.
Because of the relatively simple technique, it is easier to operate and can highly preserved after printing. The technique is mainly used on logo, warning slogan design. It is also a popular technique among street artists. In order to match the characteristic of the fire station gate, graphic designer, Mak Kai Hang used a custom-made font "Mechanical Mincho" with stenciled hollow processing features, custom-designed "Fire station’ in Chinese, to pay tribute to the street text.
The 4 creative paving designs are in collaboration with Hong Kong Art School and Hong Kong Arts Centre. Four alumni were invited from the School to reinterpret the Wan Chai localized elements and cultural richness.
1) Junction of Queen’s Road East & Stone Nullah Lane Junction
Designer: Yao Cheuk Ni
Good at capturing living environment, designer YAO Cheuk Ni attempted to transform the paving at the junction of Queen’s Road East and Stone Nullah Lane into a homey neighbourhood, welcoming visitors to join her at a home dining table. YAO smartly played with distorted perspective effect to deal with the manholes spreading all over the site. YAO also include the paving blocks as part of the daily elements found at home. YAO hopes to remind people the fundamentals of daily life in modern busy Wan Chai, a good meal with families and friends around the dining table.
2) Entrance of Southorn Playground Entrance
Designer: Loiix Fung
Loiix FUNG is interested in daily and ordinary signage symbols and often use them in his creative works. FUNG has picked the well-known “exit man” symbol as the major element of this creative paving at the Southorn Playground’s entrance. Lay at the heart of Wan Chai, the location is always busy day and night. FUNG got the inspiration from the human activities around the playground. The design incorporates 7 “exit man” doing different activities and running around the tree, hope to bring smile to the busy people whom pass by.
3) Front Entrance of Hong Kong Arts Centre
Designer: Wong Man Ching, Maggie
By using abstracted 3D representations taken from the surrounding environment, Maggie WONG proposed a colourful design for the paving outside the Hong Kong Arts Centre building. The north part of Wan Chai is normally perceived as a more business and formal area. But when one observes the different architectural facades of each building along Harbour Road and the geometrical abstraction on the Hong Kong Arts Centre building designed by acclaimed architect Tao Ho, you could find a vibrant changing pattern and materials. WONG captured this richness of changing pattern and re-interpreted into the paving design to represents a different quality of the North Wan Chai.
4) Entrance of Lee Tung Avenue
Designer: Li Pui Hei, Antoine
Lee Tung Avenue is a cultural asset in Hong Kong, a collective memory for different generations. Antoine LI reinterpreted the multiple identities and the historical evolution of the place through her design by layering elements like the existing manhole covers, the shade of a long-gone tree and signage of the place. LI wants to bring out the characters of the location, a collective memory, a place which stays in everyone’s heart with time.