Hong Kong-based design studio ESKYIU has added an architectural touch to this year's Art Basel Hong Kong with their abstract contemporary arcade installation for Swire Properties VIP lounge. 

The 1,050 square foot space located at the entrance to the fair features a series of structurally interlaced archways that are precisely aligned to create different visual perspectives that fluctuate as visitors move through the space at different times of the day and night.

The installation was inspired by the work of the cultural critic Walter Benjamin who saw Paris' distinctive 19th century iron and glass arcades as an essential habitat for the modern observer of urban life, the flâneur.

Here, the archways which took artisans in China two months to construct, comprise an elegantly minimalist series of ultra thin plywood layers interlaid with a thin strip of steel to achieve the design's complex geometry and the unusual bends of the upper arches that reach up to 4.5 metres.

Titled Ephemera, the contemporary arcade also integrates an interactive live component that allows a different experience of the space. Visitors create their own unique printed artwork via a digital screen that captures motion in a series of thin colourful lines. The more rapid the movement, the larger the visual effect.

'Since ephemera also refers to mementos, we were interested in interpreting the idea from another point of view, allowing the viewer to capture their own movement in that moment,' explain ESKYIU co-founders Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei. 'It also reflects on the role of the individual and the collective in production of cities and urban culture.'

When not acting as a sanctuary from the frenetic art fair, the space will also host several cultural events including film screenings and talks on the future of art and culture, digital design and craft.

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