Year | 2013
Int/ext | ext
Bottles | 2300
Type | Pavilion
Construction | Dome
Materials | LED light | PET bottles | polycarbonate water containers | steel frame
Function | design | Exhibition
Authors | Daydreamers
Team
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Location | Hong Kong

The floating geodesic dome Rising Moon was designed for the autumn festival “lantern wonderland” 2013 in Victoria Park in Hong Kong by the local architecture firm named Daydreamers. The dome has a 20 meter diameter, and for the surface covering 4800 five gallon (22,7 liter) polycarbonate water containers were used. These containers were mounted into a network of electric sockets with LED lighting. The sphere’s surface was triangulated – each triangle carried about 28 water containers. The main structure is a steel rod frame. The bottles were chosen for their resemblance with traditional Chinese beacon-shaped lanterns. In the interior of the dome 2300 regular PET bottles are suspended from the ceiling providing the effect of the sea. Since the pavilion is floating, the whole appears to be a complete sphere because of the reflection of the water. By manipulating the LED lights, multiple phases of the moon can be simulated on the surface – hence the name of the pavilion. Additionally in the top of the pavilion there is an opening in the roof which allows the real moonlight pass through the pavilion. According to Daydreamers architects, the whole building can be de-assembled and the parts (bottles) recycled.

Construction schema
Moon reflection diagram: pic. Jay Ho Ka Wong
Detail of exterior
The entrance, photo: John Palis
Interior design, photo: Vincent Kar
Rising Moon during daylight, photo: Bob Cheung