Locating at the centre of the former industrial area, the Tsun Yip Street Playground was built in 1973 serving mainly factory workers in the manufacturing sector at the time. The area was proposed to be transformed into a second Central Business Area. There are public aspirations for more greenery and leisure space that can provide flexibility for holding different activities. The major existing facilities of the Playground are the hard-paved ball courts which can no longer meet the needs of present day business workers. Within the highly dense urban setting, it is the only breathing space at the centre of the area.
How to transform an ordinary hard-paved area into a charming green and leisure hotspot becomes the fundamental issue to be resolved by the architect.
The space develops from a concept that relates to the integration of urban context, densely built neighbours and organic natural forms of landscaping in the park. The new urban green hub, locating at the intersection of the existing road and back lane running South-to-North and East-to-West and on the axis of two high-rise commercial towers, acts as the central focal point, urban connector and oasis in the area.
Like a secret garden for the local community, the park is a gem with greeneries hidden within high blocks of commercial giants. Between the outdoors and indoors, an open but translucent space is created to allow views through different layers of trees, metal grilles and wire meshes. Surrounding the sloping lawn, there installs seven award-winning artworks by seven different artist groups by demonstrating the industrial heritage of the manufacturing industries back to 1950s in the local area. It creates an engaging and welcoming gesture to the public through layering spaces, both active and passive, open and closed, soft and hard, modern and heritage, artistic and casual.