New World Development and MTR Corporation Limited are jointly presenting the revo-lutionary residential concept of “Urban-Pastoral Living” at THE PAVILIA FARM. Con-nected by two MTR lines, four major tunnels, a state-of-the-art shopping complex, and towering above the Tai Wai MTR Station, this extraordinary development is designed in cooperation with leading green developers and an international team of designers to fully articulate the philosophy of “LIVE BEYOND WELL”. THE PAVILIA FARM also truly epitomises New World Development’s mission to create sublime residences in a new era of urban living.
In view of the world’s growing concerns over the lack of resources, climate change, and the new normal after COVID-19, New World Development re-examined the decid-ing factors of a sustainable way of living and, more importantly, asked the question: “How to live well?” The team’s finding informed the philosophy of LIVE BEYOND WELL which is weaved into THE PAVILIA FARM to open a new chapter in healthy living.
The development not only fully embraces nature, bringing abundant natural light, fresh air, water and soil into residents’ everyday life, but it also allows urbanites to experi-ence rural farms first-hand to enhance their physical and mental health. To actualise the ground-breaking vision of LIVE BEYOND WELL, the design team focused on three dis-tinct pillars of Urban-Pastoral Living: Wellness and Sustainability, Innovation and Crea-tion, and exceptional Design and Architecture. The result is the embodiment of a wide range of eco-friendly elements, including rural living, microclimate enhancement5, natu-ral ventilation, natural light, renewable energy, carbon emission reduction, and energy saving.
The approx. 280,000 sq.ft. landscaped and clubhouse area leads the way in urban-pastoral living
At the heart of THE PAVILIA FARM is its clubhouse Farm Pavilion and the surrounding landscaped area of approximately 280,000 sq.ft2. Heading the design is renowned Jap-anese landscape design company, Ohtori Consultants, who created a holistic ecosystem based on the idea of Satoyama. Satoyama, derived from the Japanese words for village (sato) and mountain (yama), is a distinct zone where rice paddies and irrigation ponds are found between Japanese farmland and forests. Another key feature of THE PAVILIA FARM is the stepped aquaponics farm, an element of future living inspired by Satoyama and is Hong Kong’s one of a kind landscape-integrated aquaponic system.
Connected to the aquaponics farm is a triple-tiered experimental family urban farm that will provide invaluable parenting moments and an informal yet impactful learning envi-ronment for families. The cascades are designed to connect two carp ponds where ferti-lisers will sustain the paddy field in the lower tier. The water that flows through the pad-dy field will circulate back to the carp ponds in the higher tier, resulting in a self-sustained, micro-aquaponic system.
Microclimate Maximising natural ventilation to achieve a low-carbon, green living
With the introduction of the microclimate concept, THE PAVILIA FARM is set to redefine sustainability standards in residential architecture. The concept – rarely used in dense urban areas – thoroughly enhances the natural ventilation of the property, and to achieve this the architecture team have conscientiously planned and developed the level of building density, the orientation of the buildings, and the green areas after extensive analyses of local weather data combined with the Fluid Dynamics Theory. In addition, the intelligent ventilation and natural light transducing systems will deliver an energy-saving and comfortable living environment for the entire clubhouse area.
Solar panels and wind turbines in the project also contribute to a reduction in energy consumption. These, along with the high, thermal-performance glass curtain walls, en-ergy-efficient appliances, energy-regeneration elevator system, and vertical greening, enable THE PAVILIA FARM to create low-carbon living and provide residents with a new lifestyle of exceptional wellness. At the clubhouse, a data-driven analysis of the outdoor microclimate, air-pollution monitoring stations, and real-time ventilation and air quality monitoring system will help determine whether windows should be opened.
Integrating Nordic, Japanese, and local creativity for an Urban-Pastoral Living
Urban-Pastoral Living not only incorporates nature into our daily lives, but bring agri-culture and all aspects of sustainable food and farming to an otherwise dense, urban environment. To make this possible, New World Development invited a multi-disciplinary team of world-renowned architectural minds to collaborate in the project, including the Finnish company Avanto, the Osaka-based landscape design firm Ohtori, Daydreamers and Ronald Lu & Partners from Hong Kong, and the Norwegian firm Snohetta, who is well known for “Under”, the first underwater restaurant in Europe7, and is one of the leading lights in the architectural design industry.
The residential clubhouse Farm Pavilion comprises the Well House, the Farm House, and the Sky House. It is designed by Snohetta with an intelligent use of glass walls and an open-plan design. THE PAVILIA FARM also advocates the concept of Mindful Eating, a long table on rails has been built into The Farm House where residents can enjoy com-munal dining, while enjoying the Farm-to-Table concept, which involves planting and cooking self-farmed food. THE PAVILIA FARM doubles as an educational platform for the younger residents to learn about the sustainable future of our homes and sets a benchmark for Urban-Pastoral Living. Continuing with the concept, organic wastage from households and the Clubhouse is collected in a kitchen waste and fishmeal ma-chine, which then converts food waste into organic fertilisers to be used in the experi-mental family urban farm.
NWD values local design talents
NWD values local talents and thus invites Stanley Siu from Daydreamers and Nelson Chow from NC Design & Architecture Ltd in the design of BBQ Pavilion and the Farmhouse Kitchens.
Following the design project of Hot is Cool: A Cultural Dialogue between Fin-land and Hong Kong”by Cultural for Tomorrow, It is the second collaboration of New World Development and Stanley Siu. Inspired by treehouse, a palace in the forest, a long-standing childhood dream, a dream home in the backyard, The BBQ pavilion reinterpreted the vernacular architecture, tree-house, with a contemporary touch. Created a harmonious connection be-tween the urban and natural environment, providing a barbecue space for leisure, a communal space for all ages and a lighthouse to steer the path to home. The Pavilion is focusing on application of natural material, the fusion of primitive materials included solid light-wood & dark-walnut, demonstrat-ing the aesthetic of repetition, creating a harmony composition of artificial and natural.
Nelson Chow from NCDA has made The Farmhouse, situated inside the Farmhouse pavilion and adjacent to the farm, part of a 5 step “Farm to Table” journey of farming, preparing, cooking, serving and dining, that provides the residents a multi-sensory experience. Interior of the three kitchens are designed with a minimalist aesthetic, with soft plaster and natural wood finishes, blending seamlessly with the Snohetta’s dining hall. A row of slid-ing windows allows for flexible integration with adjacent dining area, allow-ing for visual interaction and engagement between the chef in the kitchen and the diners in the hall. Each kitchen features a unique ceiling installation that relates to its function and purpose. Kitchen 1 is about ‘preparation’ and is represented by a re-peated rows of juxtaposed wooden cutting boards. Kitchen 2 is about ‘cooking’ and is equipped with a professional Kitchen by Officine Gullo and decorated with their best-selling pots. kitchen 3 is about ‘serving’ and is represented by custom ceramic plates.