This is no orbiting mothership. Instead Karv One Design’s Hyperiôn Light Year is a slick marketing exhibition made to sell commercial space in the Longfor Hyperiôn Project, part of a 5-million-square-foot Chinese real-estate development centered around Chongqing’s new high-speed rail node.
Futurism is the point of departure in the variety of tech-driven interiors that borrow visuals from science fiction. The 14,000-square-foot location, inside a mixed-use high-rise, offered a relatively low 11-foot finished ceiling. So some of surfaces have been dematerialized with reflectivity to add depth and luster: shimmery copper ceiling panels and mirror-finished black stainless-steel walls. And the polished black marble floor of a darkened passageway only enhances the sense of wandering through an LED-lit Tron sequel. That passage terminates in a floor-to-ceiling animated wireframe “wheel” projection that, when you watch it turn for a few ticks, is revealed to be an abstracted clock. Elsewhere, an interactive, immersive information room projects data about the development onto a dramatic dome at the center of an up-lit vinyl platform.
“There isn’t much furniture because the exhibition is about mood and lighting,” founder Kyle Chan says. But there are a pair of stools lining the spectacular freestanding stainless steel bar, itself a futuristic update of the art-moderne style.
Project Team: Jimmy He; Derek Ng; Derrick Leung; Korver Tsang; Leon Zhang; Edwin Ng; Carol Chan; Sushila Law; Yang Yang.