The revolutionary residential concept of ‘UrbanPastoral Living’ at the Pavilia Farm epitomises New World Development’s mission to create sublime residences in a new era of urban living.
Connected 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’.
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 deciding factors of a sustainable way of living and, more importantly, asked the question: How to live well? The team’s finding informed the philosophy is weaved into this project 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 experience rural farms firsthand to enhance their physical and mental health.
The design team focused on three distinct pillars of UrbanPastoral Living: wellness and sustainability, innovation and creation, and exceptional design and architecture. The result is the embodiment of a wide range of eco-friendly elements, including rural living, microclimate enhancement, natural ventilation, natural light, renewable energy, carbon emission reduction, and energy saving.
THE 280,000 SQUARE FEET LANDSCAPED AND CLUBHOUSE AREA LEADS THE WAY
At the heart of the Pavilia Farm is its clubhouse Farm Pavilion and the surrounding landscaped area of approximately 280,000 square feet. Heading the design is renowned Japanese landscape design company, Ohtori Consultants, who created a holistic ecosystem based on the idea of Satoyama, a distinct zone where rice paddies and irrigation ponds are found between Japanese farmland and forests.
Another key feature of the project 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 environment for families. The cascades are designed to connect two carp ponds where fertilisers will sustain the paddy field in the lower tier. The water that flows through the paddy field will circulate back to the carp ponds in the higher tier, resulting in a selfsustained, micro aquaponic system.
MICROCLIMATE OPTIMISING NATURAL VENTILATION TO ACHIEVE A LOWCARBON, GREEN LIVING
With the introduction of the microclimate concept, the Pavilia Farm is set to redefine sustainability standards in residential architecture. The concept 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, energy 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 URBANPASTORAL LIVING
UrbanPastoral Living not only incorporates nature into our daily lives, but bring agriculture and all aspects of sustainable food and farming to an otherwise dense, urban environment. To make this possible, New World Development invited a multidisciplinary team of world-renowned architectural minds to collaborate in the project, including the Finnish company Avanto, the Osakabased landscape design firm Ohtori, Daydreamers and Ronald Lu & Partners from Hong Kong, and the Norwegian firm Snohetta.
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 doubles as an educational platform for the younger residents to learn about the sustainable future of our homes and sets a benchmark for UrbanPastoral Living. Continuing with the concept, organic wastage from households and the Clubhouse is collected in a kitchen waste and fishmeal machine, which then converts food waste into organic fertilisers to be used in the experimental family urban farm. — Construction+ Online