Spotlighting a global lineup of firms, the alternates between Hong Kong and neighboring Shenzhen, China. The latter hosted the most recent biennale, but, unlike previous ones sited in typical exhibition venues, this edition staged high-concept interventions in migrant villages outside the city center. It was there that transformed side-by-side residences into His House and Her House, a gender-inflected meditation on the modern cosmopolis.
Principal Yu Ting and team treated the two structures, totaling 2,400 square feet, to a colorful makeover, aided by cans of pink, blue, and green paint—and a hearty helping of food symbolism. “We were part of a group invited to reimagine the village kitchen,” Yu explains. The scheme winked at domestic stereotypes: His house, in spirited cobalt, featured a beer-filled pool and levitating bacon slabs. Hers, with its pink rock–salt yard and polyester-veiled balconies, was painted a coy rose that exuded femininity.