Norwegian company Snohetta is an international interior design, and architecture office. Although the company is based in Oslo, Norway, they have offices in different parts of the world like San Francisco, Paris, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Innsbruck, and Adelaide. Snohetta has many projects such as the Ford Central Campus Building, Beijing Sub-Center Public Library, Up Norway, etc. that have drawn the attention of the entire world. Besides all the successful projects, Snohetta has recently been famous for the ongoing project called The Pavilia Farm in Hong Kong. The project will finish in 2023.
Snohetta aims to create a peaceful green area in the middle of crowded city life. There will be three houses where people can have space to interact and share experiences. The names of the three houses are The Tea House, The Farm House, and the Sky House. Each house aims to highlight the importance of green neighborhoods in urban areas. As more people live in industrial cities in order to work and get educated, Snohetta tries to create sustainable neighborhoods. The Pavilia Farm has a 26.000 m2 outdoor area where people from all age groups can plant, nurture, and dine together.
There are mountains surrounding the Pavilia Farm as well as the Shing Mun River. Both mountains and the river make the place calmer and simpler in the heart of Hong Kong. It is the perfect place to come together for the people who own property there. The philosophy of the Pavilia Farm is spaces that belong to everyone and no one at the same time. So, we can say that this urban farm is about collective ownership.
The Houses of the Pavilia Farm
The Tea House is the place of arrival and leaving behind the city. There are indoor pools and waterfalls in the Tea House which make the house a water-based place.
The Farm House is the place for gathering people together. The urban farm is the centerpiece of this house built around the table system of rail-bound. The main aim of the house is to bring people together and create more experiences. Therefore, Snohetta dictates that the Farm House is the center of the Pavilia Farm.