suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
jaenes BONG + jonathan ALOTTO: inspired by hieronymus bosch’s painting ‘the garden of earthly delights’, the hell’s scenery abstracted the metamorphic relationship between human and nature. it leads us to a poetic narrative which we wanted to create a proposal that reflects hong kong’s hidden natural beauty and its chinese spiritual mythology.
the final proposal is a semi-living translation clinic surgically nestled in the topographical conditions of the mid-level hill gardens and grows behind a modernistic old hospital façade. the biological design approach allows sophisticated control over the morphing of natural and artificial architectural elements, encoding hidden agendas within its volumes and circulations. its technological green building envelope farms pharmaceutical ingredients, blending and disguising private programs, but also providing a public garden within the ecology of the hilly city.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jB + jA: hieronymus bosch’s painting ‘the garden of earthly delights’, mary douglas ‘purity and danger’, mark cousin ‘the ugly’.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jB + jA: mary douglas ‘purity and danger’, mark cousin ‘the ugly’, avatarlondon, ad ‘neoplasmatic design’, ‘protoarchitecture’, greg lynn form, etc
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jB + jA: horhizon network, horhizon paris, tobias klein, marcos cruz, greg lynn, xefirotarch, neil spiller, shaun muray.