KEY THEMES:Vision:Today, fans around the world make the pilgrimage to Bruce Lee’s home. Visitors should be rewarded with additional layers of informational depth and experience unavailable in any other format or location. The propertyshould offer a unique experience.Respect:Historical accuracy, meaningful insight and respectful commemoration are absolutely essential to this project.Concept:We have separated the project into two areas:Above Ground – The Bruce Lee Residence: The home and garden will be faithfully restored to it’s 1973 condition.This is Bruce Lee’s existence in reality – his working and home life. Bruce Lee the writer, the Hong Konger and father. This is a chance to see Bruce Lee’s human side.Below Ground – The Bruce Lee Experience: A concealed basement will contain ‘The Bruce Lee Experience’interactive museum. This area discovers Bruce Lee’s existence as a character, cultural icon, martial artist and movie star. It is a chance to interact with Bruce Lee’s magic.SPECIFICS:Entrance:The original wall, gates and archway will be reinstated. At the front gate, the ticket office will face a covered area.A coat checking service will be offered. Tickets will enable access to all parts of the property.Garden and Car :After purchasing tickets, visitors walk freely down the driveway enjoying views of the restored garden and house.A red Mercedes 350SL is parked in the driveway.The Bruce Lee ResidenceThe house is entered via the main front door. The layout is original and informal. Visitors can get a feel for the atmosphere of the house.Proximity sensors will trigger audio commentaries via headphones, providing an intimate tour for each visitor. Clear views into every room will be maintained, although areas with original furniture or artifacts will be roped off. We will take great care to reconstruct the home in a historically accurate manner. We will collaborate with family and friends to faithfully restore the home, complete with memorabilia. Wherever possible, original artifacts will be securely displayed.The Transition SpaceHaving exiting the Master Bedroom via a new door, visitors enter a gallery overlooking the original gym. This gathering area acts as a lift lobby. At this point, the visitor does not realise that The Bruce Lee Experience ishidden in the basement. To make best use of the interactive features of The Bruce Lee Experience, the lift controls the number of visitors entering the basement.The Bruce Lee ExperienceThe lift descends to The Bruce Lee Experience. The motifs of fear, strength and love are explored. The brief’s requirements for exhibition areas, audio-visual requirements, kung fu interactivity, library and souvenir shop are all incorporated into this space.This area is deliberately dramatic and allows visitors to witness Bruce Lee’s speed and skill. Moving through the series of spaces, the visitor is immersed in a full sensory interactive Bruce Lee Experience. The visit is concluded by visiting the souvenir shop and ascending a staircase into the garden.LandscapingThe garden, including planting, mosaic treatments and Japanese features will be restored. Limited refreshments and seating will be provided to allow visitors to reflect on their experience.Fire Escape and Disabled AccessFull disabled access will be provided to all areas via the new lift, and stair-climbing wheelchair carriers. Additional fire egress is provided on all floors.ManagementModifications would be made to the OZP to enable use as a museum and to increase the allowable GFA. The property could be managed by a Trust.
Designed in collaboration with MET Studio.