Clearwater Bay has a dynamic new development: Mount Pavilia, at 663 Clear Water Bay Road, is a creative realisation of The Artisanal Movement, pioneered by New World Development’s Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager Adrian Chi-Kong Cheng. His concept of sculpture park living makes the property delightful and unusual.
Sculpture parks emerged on the scene in the 80s with internationally renowned concepts such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Japan’s Hakone Open Air Museum drawing attention from around the world. With their unique combination of artistry, contemporary philosophy and a humanistic approach, public sculpture parks have now become a symbol of cultural status.
Cheng has realised this concept in the form of a remarkable new development that offers residents something out of the ordinary – an environment in which to live, learn and grow: a place to be inspired.
This fits neatly with what Cheng calls artisanal living, which tastefully articulates the connections between people, nature, art and living in style. Sculpture park living is an essential part of this, the natural world being the perfect place to reflect upon the meaning and context of works of art.
It is indeed the sculptures that mark this development as truly outstanding. There are four, each curated especially for the project, made by renowned artists from around the world who were asked to form their own interpretations of the word “home” and what it means to them. Those looking on will be inspired to develop their own interpretations of artisanal living. For example: Gao Wei Gang’s Home uses marble blocks to resemble children’s building blocks: a playscape for the imagination. In fact, all art pieces are interactive, home- and family-themed, and all can be touched and enjoyed.
New World understands the need for interactive play areas and invited specialists Carve studio from Amsterdam to design a one-of-a-kind kid’s playground of approximately 17,000 sq-ft. The award-winning studio has crafted five play areas for different age ranges; these include a toddler area and a Central Park area for kids aged 6 to 12. There is also a multi-intelligence indoor play area and a water-play zone for kids aged 3-12, and an urban family farm for kids aged 3-6.
Of particular note is Mount Pavilia’s Green Living concept, intended to promote sustainable development, as well as to educate the next generation on environmentally friendly and organic practices through first-hand experience. Bicycle parking spaces for residents are available, while wind turbines and solar power provide electricity generation in common areas. The planting gardens and education area allow children and parents to plant crops together and experience aquaponics and hydroponics first hand. There are 400 metres of woodland trails, a 100-metre-long art trail, and a 950-metre-long cycling trail. These allow residents to experience all that nature has to offer right in the surroundings of theirs home.
Clear Water Bay itself is, of course, an attraction in its own right, with glorious beaches backed by dramatic mountains. The low-density residence comprises 680 units (most of which are three to four bedroom) in 27 buildings – 21 towers of four to seven storeys, and six blocks of four to five storeys. There is a wide variety of configurations, from one-bedroom units to triplex apartments. Residents’ facilities are simply outstanding: they include a clubhouse designed by internationally renowned architect Minsuk Cho, a 36m outdoor pool, a 20m indoor pool, gym, tennis court, multipurpose ball court, function rooms and more.