ABOUT THE SITE HISTORICAL VALUE Firecracker factory's history has witnessed the rise and fall of the Macao firecracker industry between 19 and 20 century. It has a high historic educational value and tourism opportunity.
NATURAL LANDSCAPE Huge number of big trees, stream water, old factory buildings together created a romantic place for leisure use. It has the potential to become a green lung of the city and it can make contribution to the improve the ecological value in this area.
INDUSTRIAL RELICS This firework factory is the best preserved and the largest Industry Heritage in Macao.It has important architectural, aesthetic, historical, social, educational value.
PROBLEMS DESTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS Termite erosion, wet weather and lack of vegetation management accelerated the collapse of the historical buildings. Apart from that, the long-abandoned factory became the place of simulation game and palyers left many man-made track in the site.
ENVIRONMENT Ponds used for emergency situation and the stream flow through the site became stagnant water due to lack of management, it also caused the ants suffering and other health problems.
CULTURAL TRANSMISSION Dense trees are covering the original factory, the most tourists and new generation rarely know anything about the historical significance of the firework factory.
CONCEPT The Five Elements is traditional Chinese philosophy for helping people to understand the world in the ancient time. They can mutual generate and mutual overcome each other in different sequence. In the five elements theory, nature is posed by metal, wood, water, fire, soil elements. With the rise and fall of these five elements, it makes nature change, not only affect the fate of the people, but also the universe endless loop.
The five elements theory in the firecracker factory proposal is mainly to maintain a balanced relationship between the various elements which are existing in the site.The variation and interaction with each other can constitute a harmonious landscape environment.
By doing analysis on the site, I found out that the element of fire was abcense. From the history, fire is always representing the human intelligence. Lack of human acativity makes the site unbalance with other elements. So the idea of make artificial fire elements was emerged.
Rather than making real fire, only by utilizing the form of the fire spreading in the site, the curved strip which represents the fire can make connection with scattered fragments and reconstruct diverse spaces.